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

New video from a Nest camera captured the moment an iPhone 4 being charged on an Ohio family’s kitchen counter caught fire overnight.

At first all is quiet in the house in Cincinnati. Then suddenly a rattle.

While the phone is initially invisible in the dark from across the room, bright orange and pink flames shoot upward. It burns brightly for a moment before the fire dies out, although it’s not out by the end of the video.

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Brian Leisgang shared the video on Facebook on January 1st. 9. He said they were “extremely lucky to avoid a house fire.”

The family from Cincinnati, Ohio slept before the iPhone 4 caught fire

The family from Cincinnati, Ohio slept before the iPhone 4 caught fire
((Credit: Jennifer and Brian LeisgangLOCAL NEWS X /TMX))

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

iPhone 4 was charging when it caught fire

iPhone 4 was charging when it caught fire
((Credit: Jennifer and Brian LeisgangLOCAL NEWS X /TMX))

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“Luckily we had just cleaned up the counter yesterday as there is usually a lot of textbooks and papers in that area,” he remarked. “There were small pieces of the phone and black soot all over the counter this morning.”

Flames from the iPhone 4 lit the kitchen

Flames from the iPhone 4 lit the kitchen
((Credit: Jennifer and Brian LeisgangLOCAL NEWS X /TMX))

Brian’s wife, Jennifer Leisgang, told FOX TV Stations that the phone’s silicone case cracked and the device ruptured.

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“I realized how lucky we were that we didn’t have anything on the countertop and it just sorted itself out,” she said.

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

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