Mobile phone catches fire and injures youngster in Elgin

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SFRS issue warning to public about the danger of leaving electrical devices and mobile phones charging overnight

Mobile Charger And Phone After Fire

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is today warning the public about the danger of leaving mobile phones charging overnight after a device caught fire and injured a young boy at a house in Elgin.

Firefighters were called to a house in the Barlink Road area of Elgin at around 1.30am this morning (4 July 2014) following reports of a fire.

Two appliances from Elgin attended and were faced with a small fire in a bedroom within the property.

Crews in breathing apparatus used a hosereel jet to extinguish the fire. A young boy who was in the room at the time suffered burns to his arm. He had been removed from the room prior to the arrival of firefighters.

The youngster was subsequently treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment.

Station Manager Shaun Burns said: "The fire was caused by an overheated mobile phone which had been left charging on the bed.

"It had overheated to such an extent that the bedding caught fire and caused burn injuries to the young boy in the room."

He added: "This incident had the potential to be even more serious and we can't stress enough how important it is to unplug mobile chargers before you go to bed.

"We would advise unplugging any such electrical item overnight and even when charging phones or other devices during the day, don't leave them on top of any kind of material or near flammable surfaces." 

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