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Teen girl burned when iPhone catches fire in pants

Feb 3 2014, 12:29pm CST | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Teen girl burned when iPhone catches fire in pants
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No comment from Apple on the pants fire

There is probably a hot pants joke in here somewhere, but this is no laughing matter. A teenage girl from Maine has received second and third degree burns after her iPhone caught fire in her pants. It's unclear exactly which iPhone model the 13-year-old girl was using.

Some reports indicate that the device was an iPhone 5C, but that is unclear. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The teen reportedly sat down when she heard a popping and looked to her back packet to see smoke according to USA Today.

The principal at the school says the girl did a stop, drop, and roll maneuver to put out the flames. Boys were asked to leave the room and the teen removed her pants, was covered with a blanket and taken to the hospital. She was treated and released at the hospital.

Investigators believe the phone shorted out when she sat down. "People should obviously use caution when placing their phones in their back pockets so as not to crush them and cause an electrical short," one official says. Apple has made no comments on the case at this time.

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