Woman Says She Was Injured After Laptop Battery Exploded - My29 WFTC Minneapolis-St. Paul

Woman Says She Was Injured After Laptop Battery Exploded

Posted: Updated:
LANGHORNE, Pa. -

A local woman says her laptop battery pack exploded while she was using it on Sunday night.

Fox 29's Dave Kinchen has her story.

It was a night Loretta Luff of Langhorne Manor will never forget.

"It was the 4th inning of the Phils. I was sitting at the computer desk here,” she said.

She was checking some e-mails when something went terribly wrong.

"There was like a little noise, and I turned to look at my husband (and) the TV and I turned back and the thing just blew up!" said Luff.

She says the Dell Inspiron 1501's battery pack blew up in her face and set her on fire.

"My shirt caught fire so I quick got my shirt off and that's when I think I singed my hair and probably my face and all," she said.

That shirt is now covered with burns.

She used it to put out mini fires all over the den after flaming parts flew everywhere and just inches from her disabled husband.

"They kept popping up so I just kept beating them and I grabbed my dog's water dish,” she said.

That put more of the fire out.

She was then rushed to the hospital with 1st and 2nd degree burns.

"It's like a sunburn, ok? Got it on the arm, on the chest and the neck. You can see I got a big blister under here,” said Ruff.

Ruff says she also hurt her foot after stepping on one of the batteries.

She’s on meds right now and says she's just glad to be alive.

"I'm lucky. It could be worse,” she said.

The Langhorne-Middletown fire chief is investigating the incident.

He says it is not clear what caused the explosion.

Fox 29 reached out to Dell's corporate offices as well and have not heard back.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:00:15 GMT
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. 
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple.Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. 
  • More Comfortable

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:39:28 GMT

    Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.

    A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday.  Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today.  Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.

     The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

  • 8 piping plover chicks fledged in Del. state park

    8 piping plover chicks fledged in Del. state park

    Wildlife officials say eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
    Wildlife officials say eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
Powered by WorldNow

WFTC-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices