Video shows an Apple iPhone 4 catching fire while charging on a family’s kitchen counter in Ohio

New video from the Nest Camera captured the moment an iPhone 4 charging on an Ohio family’s kitchen counter caught fire overnight.

At first, all was quiet in the Cincinnati home. Then suddenly, there is a rumble.

While the phone is initially invisible in the dark from across the room, bright orange and pink flames shoot upward. It burns bright for a moment before the fire goes out, though it won’t be out by the end of the video.

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Brian Lesgang shared the video to Facebook on January 9th. He said they were “very lucky to avoid a house fire.”

This Cincinnati, Ohio family was asleep before their iPhone 4 caught fire
((From: Jennifer and Brian Lesgang, Local X/TMX News))

Lesgang explained, “Our kids were charging their old iPhone 4 with an Apple charger last night and it exploded and caught fire in our kitchen while we were sleeping.”

iPhone 4 was charging when it caught fire

iPhone 4 was charging when it caught fire
((From: Jennifer and Brian Lesgang, Local X/TMX News))

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“Fortunately, we just cleaned the counter yesterday, as it usually has a lot of books and school papers in that area,” he noted. “There were little pieces of the phone and black grime on the table this morning.”

Flames from an iPhone 4 lit up the kitchen

Flames from an iPhone 4 lit up the kitchen
((From: Jennifer and Brian Lesgang, Local X/TMX News))

Brian’s wife, Jennifer Lesgang, told FOX TV stations that the silicone cover on the phone was cracked and the device was open.

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“I realized how lucky we were that we didn’t have anything on the counter and it just came out on its own,” she said.

Lesgang said the video was shared in hopes of preventing a future fire in someone else’s home.

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