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California woman's iPhone explodes, catches fire

Posted at 9:56 PM, Oct 07, 2016

A California woman says her iPhone 6 Plus exploded and caught fire recently.

Yvette Estrada says a flash was followed by flames coming from the phone that was charging on her dresser. She says her husband put out the flames by putting the iPhone in the sink.

"I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen," she told ABC 30 in Fresno.

Estrada told ABC 30 it got so hot it damaged the dresser, a pair of glasses and two Apple Watch stands.

In addition, Estrada says there were pictures of her children on the phone that are lost since it wasn't backed up. But it could have been worse.

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

ABC 30 reported that Estrada only had her phone three months. Apple is giving her a free replacement for the iPhone 6 Plus.

This is the second iPhone explosion in a week after a man on the East Coast says the same model started burning in his back pocket before it blew up. Apple is looking into both cases.

Samsung has had similar problems with the Note 7, prompting a nationwide recall.