MacBook catches fire

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Andrewbrown518, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Andrewbrown518 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    My mom's Macbook was plugged in over night to charge, when she came downstairs the kitchen was filled with smoke and the Macbook was releasing the smoke. The computer was burned, and so was the couch it was sitting on.

    Luckily, Apple was able to recover the hard drive and gave her a free external. They are sending the Macbook out for investigation as to why this happened.

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. biohead macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    West Drayton, UK
    That looks like it's battery related - as it seems to be focussed around that area. That's also on the side of the battery where there aren't any contacts to the logic board, so it may be related to something on the logic board in that region too.

    But judging by the amount of damage on the rear of the Macbook to the keyboard area, I'd lean towards the battery being at fault - maybe a cell has let go or something?

    The main thing is you've managed to catch it before it did develop into something a lot more serious and life threatening.
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    That reminds me of our local newspaper reporter who was in my office for a story. He had an older MacBook with OS/9 on it I think. All of a sudden, flames started shooting out the side of it! Something happened to the HDD and it caught fire while he was using it. It left a burn mark on my desk too.
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Was it running whilst sat on the couch? If it was, then it's possible the vent holes were blocked and that led to it overheating. If not, then it definitely looks like a faulty battery
  6. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Not the first time… :rolleyes:
  7. Andrewbrown518 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011

    I actually had the story wrong... she was USING it when this happened.

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