Maine girl’s cellphone catches fire in her pocket

More Canadians are using smartphones than landlines.
More Canadians are using smartphones than landlines. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

KENNEBUNK, Maine – The “stop, drop and roll” mantra came in handy for a Maine eighth-grader when her cellphone caught fire in her pocket at school.

Kennebunk middle school Principal Jeff Rodman tells The Portland Press Herald that the girl heard a popping sound Friday morning and smoke started billowing around her.

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Boys were herded from the room so the 14-year-old girl could shed her flaming pants. She also did the “stop, drop and roll” move to help put out the fire. She was treated at a hospital.

Her mother had given her the Apple iPhone 5C two months earlier.

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