Samsung says China phone fire caused by external heat

By Se Young Lee and Paul Carsten SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday a Galaxy Note 7 phone a Chinese user claimed caught on fire was damaged by external heating, seeking to assure customers in the world's top smartphone market the devices being sold there are safe. Samsung has said it has sold 2.5 million phones equipped with the suspect batteries. Late on Sunday, Chinese online financial magazine Caixin cited an internet user's report that their Note 7 phone, bought from JD.com Inc , had caught fire in what appeared to be the first report in China of a fire involving the handset.

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