LUDHIANA: In a unique incident of its kind, a power bank went off when it was being charged in a house in Machiwara on Friday evening, and the fire that erupted as a result, caused damage to furniture and other household articles. A day after the blast, the family was in a trauma due to the devastation caused by the power bank.
House onwer Kamaljeet Singh (50) of Ragiyan Mohalla near Sunder Market of Machiwara, who works as a building contractor, said they had bought the power bank of a good company four to five years ago. He added that on Friday afternoon, his wife had gone to attend a religious function in the neighbourhood, his mother had gone to Ludhiana, and his son had gone to his workplace in Machiwara.

Kamaljeet said that at around 2pm, he had just reached outside his house when he heard the sound of am explosion. He added that soon after, smoke started coming out of his two-storey house. “After that, I and a youth living in the neighbourhood rushed with water and doused the flames. However, the fire caused because of the blast had first spread to the sofa, burning it completely, and then it burnt the LCD and other household articles before starting to burn wheat bags on the roof. We suffered a loss of around Rs2 lakh, but were lucky no one was at home. The loss would have been more if he had reached home after 7-8 minutes,” said the house owner. He added that they had lost the bill of the power bank, otherwise they would have staked claim for compensation from the manufacturer.

The family said they were in a state of shock and smoke still remained inside the house. They added they were surprised how the phone bank blasted, even as there was no power problem with the switch, with which it was attached.

Meanwhile, experts who deal with power banks suggest some precautions for charging such banks. “The power bank should be auto cut so that after full charging, it does not get overcharged. Overcharging causes heating of the power bank, which might sometimes explode. Also, there shouldn’t be a problem with electricity points used for charging the power bank. The charger used for charging the power bank should fit properly in the electric point,” said Mohit Bir, owner of a mobile store at Midha Chowk, who deals with a variety of such power banks.

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