59-year-old Luis Picaso has been badly burned when a cell phone ignited in his pants pocket. His nylon and polyester clothes caught alight and he suffered burns to his upper body, right arm, and right leg. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

The fire was contained by sprinklers after a chair also ignited. Emergency workers found Picaso on the floor in the bathroom of his hotel room with second- and third-degree burns to over half his body.

Between the fire and the sprinkler system approximately $75,000 damage was done to the building. So far authorities are refusing to release any details about the malfunctioning phone including what model it is and which company manufactured it.


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