Fresno woman says her iPhone exploded and caught on fire in her bedroom

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Flames jolted Yvette Estrada out of bed. It was caused by her iPhone 6 plus that was charging on the dresser. (KFSN)

For Yvette Estrada, it was a harsh wake-up call after she says a flash followed by flames jolted her out of bed. It was caused by her iPhone 6 Plus that was charging on the dresser.

"I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen," she described.

Estrada said the explosion started a small fire, and her husband put it out by throwing the phone in a sink.

"He put water on it and told me to call 911," she said.

By the time firefighters showed up, which was around 3 a.m., there was just ash, debris and a melted phone.

Estrada said it got so hot it damaged the dresser, a pair of glasses and two Apple Watch stands.

"What if this would have been underneath my pillow or if I was on the phone? My face would be burned," she said.

This is the second iPhone explosion in a week. The first was reported by a student, Darin Hlavaty, on the East Coast. He said the same model started burning in his back pocket before it blew up.

"Right as class was starting, my phone started smoking in my pocket. It was a fire," he said.

Samsung had similar problems recently with the Note 7, which prompted a nationwide recall.

As for the iPhones, Apple said it's looking into both cases.

Estrada said she only had her phone for three months, and Fresno fire officials believe it was faulty.

"Hopefully they can fix this, and they can compensate my new phone or do something for me because they have to do right," Estrada said.

Estrada said the worst part of if all was not the ruined phone, since it is replaceable. She was most upset about losing her photos. The memories of her kids and a recent promotion are all lost, and they were not backed up.

Estrada has talked with Apple said the company offered her a new stand for her watch, a charger and a free replacement for the 6 Plus. However, if she wants to upgrade to an iPhone 7, she will have to pay for it.
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