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Exploding Phone May Have Caused House Fire

Are you an Android or an Apple fan? If you are like most, you are a staunch supporter of one smartphone platform or the other, and you anxiously anticipate the newest release. Imagine the disappointment when millions of people discovered that Samsung had recalled its latest release, the Galaxy Note 7.

Authorities are investigating a Horry County house fire and it may be connected to the device.

According to reports, Wesley Hartzog took his Galaxy Note 7 and plugged it into the wall of his garage to charge. He left home to pick up his two daughters and upon his return discovered his garage ablaze.

Hartzog spoke to a reporter via Facebook Messenger and explained that he bought the phone right around its release date. He also said that he did not notice anything out of the ordinary when he plugged the phone in to the outlet to charge. Investigators have yet to determine if the phone was the exact cause of the blaze, but they are certainly suspicious.

Samsung has neglected to make its recall official. They have not coordinated with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission which would have gotten the phones off of the shelves quicker. The FAA is considering banning the phone from flights. Quantas airlines in Australia will not permit its passengers to charge their phones on planes.

If you have a Galaxy Note 7, you should be aware of its potential dangers. The device has been known to catch on fire during charging which can lead to serious dangers. If you have this smartphone, contact the store you purchased it from for more information about the recall and the steps you need to take.

If you have suffered injury due to a defective product in South Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You may also be entitled to compensation for any damages you incurred. Call our team of attorneys for more information about your options.

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