Cell phone battery?


Flashlight Enthusiast
Jun 11, 2006
The combustion initiator might have been very rapid cell venting. Probably happened quite fast, since the poor guy suffered such extensive burns.

Check out the article: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2007/01/15/state/n171034S73.DTL

Vallejo man's cell phone ignites in pocket, causing serious burns

Monday, January 15, 2007

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(01-15) 18:21 PST Vallejo, Calif. (AP) --

A cell phone apparently ignited in a man's pocket and started a fire that burned his hotel room and caused severe burns over half his body, fire department officials said.

Luis Picaso, 59, of Vallejo was in stable condition Monday at UC Davis Medical Center with second and third-degree burns to his upper body, back, right arm and right leg, Vallejo Fire Department assistant chief Kurt Henke said.

Firefighters arrived at the residential hotel late Saturday night to find Picaso lying on the bathroom floor after the cell phone in Picaso's pants pocket set fire to his nylon and polyester clothes, department spokesman Bill Tweedy said.

"It was either a malfunction or some type of glitch in his phone," Tweedy said, adding that investigators found no other possible ignition source, such as matches or open flame, nearby.

The flames spread to a plastic chair, setting off a sprinkler that held the fire in check until firefighters arrived, he said.

Authorities declined to name the manufacturer and model of the phone.

The fire and water caused $75,000 damage to the room and a business on the ground floor, Tweedy said.


Flashlight Enthusiast
Dec 3, 2004
Boston, Massachusetts
This has happened once in my years in cellular (that I was aware of). At former Nextel i was the escalaiton guy and got all of these issue for new England. One family lost all of their kids stuffed animals in the fire. I felt so bad I gave them a year of service on the house!!!