MTR evacuates 700 people after iPhone catches fire
The woman immediately dropped her iPhone on the floor as smoke poured out of the handset
About 700 people were evacuated from a train at Yau Ma Tei Station in Hong Kong on Monday night after a passenger’s iPhone caught fire.
No injuries were reported and the train was sent back to the Tsuen Wan depot for examination.
The incident started at about 11pm when a local woman was traveling by train with two female friends from Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tusi to Mong Kok. They noticed the woman’s iPhone had caught fire and quickly dropped in on the floor, Apple Daily reported.
Other passengers fled the carriage once the train arrived at Yau Ma Tei Station. MRT staff were told about the burning iPhone and evacuated about 700 passengers from the train to the platform. Staff members later found a burned iPhone handset in the first carriage.
The woman had bought her phone – an iPhone 7 Plus – at Mong Kok’s Sin Tat Plaza a year earlier and it was not known what caused the device to catch fire.
Sin Tat Plaza is a shopping mall focusing on selling mobile phones, accessories and repairs.
Last weekend, Hong Kong police raided a dozen mobile phone shops in Sin Tat Plaza, Sham Shui Po and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and seized about 100 fake phones and 3,000 counterfeit accessories.