March 12, 2007
MacBook Inferno! An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.
Matty from Melbourne Australia surfed the net using Safari for 30 minutes yesterday night on his Macbook, after which he close the lid put it on sleep mode and left it on the bookshelf for charging. However at 3 a.m. all hell broke loose as his girlfriend heard the Macbook hissing like a steam valve, then smoke started pouring out of it and a couple of seconds later, a very large flash fire started. On hearing her loud screams and the dog barking Matty raced to the scene.
As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.
The battery is swollen and burnt so it’s definitely the battery that exploded and caught fire. The macbook is melted on the bottom and severely charred (along with my bookshelves, books, magazines and the wall). The space bar is melted as is the track pad. The screen has been damaged a little too.
Matty had purchased the Macbook in June last year and it is still under the 12 month warranty. He is looking for an efficient service center in Melbourne and is hoping that his hard drive data will be recovered.