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Phone catches fire in man's pants at Washington Costco

Posted at 11:41 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 02:41:58-04

A man in Washington had to take his pants off while shopping at Costco after his cell phone caught fire in his pocket.

One witness told KOMO that he smelled smoke and then went around the corner and found the man without pants at the Puyallup store.

"“He was pointing at the phone," Everett Tyrell told KOMO. "I said, ‘Is that your cellphone?’ He said ‘Yeah.’ I asked ‘What type of cellphone? He said ‘LG.'"

When a store manager arrived, he found the man with his pants off and a cell phone still smoking on the ground, according to KOMO. An extinguisher put the fire out.

The man was not injured and KOMO reported that Costco even provided the man with new pants.