Galaxy S4 reportedly catches fire, burns down whole apartment

The aftermath of the fire allegedly started by the S4.

It seems Samsung is copying Apple again. After reports of people getting electrocuted while charging their iPhones came out, there’s now a new report that an exploding Samsung Galaxy S4 burned down a man’s apartment.

The victim here, Mr. Du saw his Hong Kong apartment go up in smoke after a self-combusting Galaxy S4 set fire to the sofa and eventually everything else. Mr. Du said he was using the phone which got progressively hotter until it finally ignited, at which point the shocked man threw the smartphone under the sofa.

Both he and his wife escaped unscathed from the whole incident, but Mr. Du insists Samsung are the ones liable because all the smartphone’s components were original and had not been tampered with.

However, investigators are already poking holes in this story, saying that original materials would never have burst into flames, and that Samsung’s rigorous adherence to standards prevents exactly such accidents. Investigators are now comparing chemical traces left at the site to determine whether the battery of the device was original or not.

Samsung is most likely not at fault here, with fake parts and batteries being common place. Let’s not forget that the iPhone incidents also happened to involve fake chargers. So all in all this was a lucky escape for Mr. Du and his family, and a good reminder on why we need original components for our devices.

Source: Xianguo.com Via: ITProPortal | Image via TrustedReviews

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well a play station 2 burnt my cousins apartment many years ago, it was so bad of sony, that the extension cord gets hot and burnt due to short circuit that made playstation catch fire and the curtains jumped in to have fun and the rest you know.............
bad bad S4

if anything, it was the battery, as already mentioned. I do surface mount work on the side for projects I come up with, and I've worked a lot with micro controllers. Even if you apply too much voltage to a chip, the worst you do is burn it out by frying the chip inside (break transistors, wires etc. The first thing to go would probably be the bonding wires that connect the pads on the physical chip with the legs/balls in the case. I have NEVER seen a chip catch on fire.

Anyone who knows anything about SMD electronics knows that these things are baked in an oven, called a REFLOW OVEN. These can get up to 210+ degrees C for over a minute. I reflow boards at home, and if anything the board starts to melt, but catch on fire? NO.

this is crap, I'm sure he was using a crap battery or a crap charger, then tried to blame it on the phone. Nothing except a crap lithium battery would have enough potential to burn up.

Ah pff, 10+ years ago the media was all about exploding Nokia's.
Now its about some iPhone chargers and a S4...

Even in the Nokia cases it all been fake batteries and chargers too.

There's definitely some details lost in translation here. He did not intentionally aim and threw his S4 at a sofa. He was sitting on the said sofa, using his S4 which was being charged at the same time. It probably landed on his sofa because he instinctively stopped holding a burning object which was his Galaxy S4.

Source: I read the original Chinese news article on on.cc: http://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/news/20130727/00174_001.html (it might be geowalled from non-Hong Kong visitors)

"Both he and his wife escaped unscathed from the whole incident, but Mr. Du insists Samsung are the ones liable because all the smartphone's components were original and had not been tampered with."
- Probably true. Maybe some Apple finger?

"However, investigators are already poking holes in this story, saying that original materials would never have burst into flames, and that Samsung's rigorous adherence to standards prevents exactly such accidents. Investigators are now comparing chemical traces left at the site to determine whether the battery of the device was original or not."
- It looks like Samsung is here and added some lines to the article!

"Samsung is most likely not at fault here, with fake parts and batteries being common place. Let's not forget that the iPhone incidents also happened to involve fake chargers. So all in all this was a lucky escape for Mr. Du and his family, and a good reminder on why we need original components for our devices."
- Apparently original writer does not need an investigation to say sth, believed what samsung said him and %100 sure there's some fake components...

So the couch was maybe 3 ft from the door? he couldn't throw it out the window or outside?
He probably rooted it and then used the CPU app to run the CPU faster to circumvent some small degree of lag....lol.

This is proof that Apple is paying someone to be a scam artists. Look it. Components will get hot, in fact they can get so hot they burn, but chips will not catch on fire.

Proof? This old video shows what happens to a CPU when you remove heatsink/fan. The Intel CPU tend to survive while AMD always burn. But they never catch on fire.

Today's chips are to small and contain such a minute amount of silicon that a fire is near impossible.

Batteries? Could catch on fire, but if what the guy is claiming is true; why would she shove it under the couch? Why not throw it out the window or open the door or drop it in water? I mean why are these guys who are suppose to be so smart, so stupid?

TechieXP said,
This is proof that Apple is paying someone to be a scam artists.

We all know it was you because Samsung refused to ship the Galaxy S4 with Windows XP pre-installed instead of Android.

TechieXP said,
I forgot to put the /S Obviously I was joking.

lol! Ah okay. I wasn't sure if you were serious, as this is Neowin after all hahahah.

Insurance company probably going to pay out if a S4 with original battery caught fire. Probably not if is a cigarette fire. Probably what's going on, especially if is on a sofa.

Though it may be cases like these that makes phone manufacturers to lock down the battery. One less cheap knock off to blame when one of them them inevitably goes on fire.

Eddo89 said,
Insurance company probably going to pay out if a S4 with original battery caught fire. Probably not if is a cigarette fire. Probably what's going on, especially if is on a sofa.

Though it may be cases like these that makes phone manufacturers to lock down the battery. One less cheap knock off to blame when one of them them inevitably goes on fire.

U think Asians have insurance on their apartments? lol Most Americans don't and many can afford it.

TechieXP said,
U think Asians have insurance on their apartments? lol Most Americans don't and many can afford it.

Here's an ignorant comment if I've ever seen one.

starting to think this is all a PR campaign to make non-Chinese cell phone mfg's look bad... it's always the phone, never that 3rd party junk charger you are using...

lumia is the safest. nokia's market segment is so puny that no self-respecting hardware fakers would be interested in it.

iPhone: check. Android: check. Windows Phone: ...

Mr Du has ceased to comment on the source of his battery and charger. "No no no no no, is Samsung fault."

The strength of numbers. There are so many sold Galaxy and iPhones that one of them is bound to burn down a building or blow up someone's head.

Same thing with all the broken toes because people dropped their Nokia 3310. So the Nokia Lumia isn't a succes until its used as a blunt object to murder someone.

Mr. Du said he was using the phone which got progressively hotter until it finally ignited, at which point the shocked man threw the smartphone under the sofa.

Yes, that's what I would do as well. Everyone knows that in the case of a fire you throw it under a flammable object. And he then proceeded to stare in wonder as the sofa caught fire, rather than taking the time to think, "maybe I should put that out before it spreads..."

Intrinsica said,

Yes, that's what I would do as well. Everyone knows that in the case of a fire you throw it under a flammable object. And he then proceeded to stare in wonder as the sofa caught fire, rather than taking the time to think, "maybe I should put that out before it spreads..."

There is clearly more to this story which has very likely been lost in translation. I highly doubt that what has been quoted was the exact course of events.

Intrinsica said,

Yes, that's what I would do as well. Everyone knows that in the case of a fire you throw it under a flammable object. And he then proceeded to stare in wonder as the sofa caught fire, rather than taking the time to think, "maybe I should put that out before it spreads..."

Agreed.

Intrinsica said,

Yes, that's what I would do as well. Everyone knows that in the case of a fire you throw it under a flammable object. And he then proceeded to stare in wonder as the sofa caught fire, rather than taking the time to think, "maybe I should put that out before it spreads..."

While I agree with you, it is also possible, it suddenly got too hot for him to hold and he threw it at a "random" direction due to panic.

Grab Galaxy S4 or iPhone, burn down your apartment, in the process make sure your phone also gets burned. There you go... We need some CSIs here.. wonder if this is actually the phone itself instead of scenario I mentioned.

H3n said,
Grab Galaxy S4 or iPhone, burn down your apartment, in the process make sure your phone also gets burned. There you go... We need some CSIs here.. wonder if this is actually the phone itself instead of scenario I mentioned.

Samsung needs to stop copying Apple.

VHMP01 said,
You mean like the new cheaper back to plastic iPhone copying Smasung?

Few weeks ago an iPhone got burned while charging. So Samsung gotta make sure atleast 1 S4 gets burned as well.