Model is different from Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that recalled worldwide

A samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded Sunday. The model is different from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.

Lamya Bouyirdane said Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her 4-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She said she threw the phone away when she realized that it had “swollen up” and smoke was coming out.

“I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” said Bouyirdane, a mother of three in the southwestern French city of Pau.

The phone then caught fire and the back blew off, she said. Her partner quickly extinguished it.

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Bouyirdane said she bought the phone new in June on a website offering discounts.

The South Korean company recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that caused the batteries to overheat and catch fire.

William Stofega, a mobile analyst for the market research firm IDC, said the incident in France was most likely an isolated one: The phone has been on the market for several months, and he said this is the first report of a battery fire that he’s aware of.

“These reports tend to cluster,” he said.

Stofega added that problems involving lithium-ion batteries used in not just smartphones, but also laptop computers, have been around for years and there’s no easy fix for them. Manufacturing defects or even a small amount of damage can cause a short circuit, resulting in an overheated battery and potentially a fire.

Samsung did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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