A couple in Hong Kong suffered minor injuries after a Samsung Galaxy S4
smartphone allegedly burst into flames and set a house on fire.
website Xianguo.com reports that a man named Du was playing a game on
his Galaxy S4 when it exploded into flames, causing him to throw his
phone, which landed on his couch, after which the device exploded and
eventually the fire spread to the entire house.
The report further
suggests that the man was using a genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and other accessories like charger and battery.
The man also claims that the fire spread to his car as well.
Hong Kong has announced that it will be looking into the matter, and a
chemical analysis of the charred remains should establish if it really
came from a Samsung factory, as per the report.
was in news as two similar incidents surfaced that claimed one life and
injured another person. Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old woman from China's
western Xinjiang region was electrocuted when she answered a call while her iPhone was getting charged. However, later it was reported that the woman may have been using a 'fake' charger.
experts in China had then issued a warning about 'fake' chargers that
are apparently rampant in use across the country. "Knockoff chargers
sometimes cut corners," Xiang Ligang, a telecommunications expert
reportedly told Chinese television. "The quality of the capacitor and
circuit protector may not be good, and this may lead to the capacitor
breaking down and sending 220 volts of electricity directly into the
cell phone battery."
In another case, a 20-year-old Australian
woman was hospitalised in Sydney after she got a shock from her iPhone.