Laptop Fire @ LAX (Update!)…

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Brian Humphrey with the LAFD provided an update on the previously-reported ThinkPad T43 laptop fire (which apparently caused some commotion) in the United Airlines terminal at LAX.

The best part? The last paragraph:

As one might imagine, Los Angeles International Airport is like a city of [its] own, with dozens upon dozens of Fire Department responses each week. Sometimes (often?) it is hard to chase down particulars without hard facts. The original information was a bit cryptic.

One media caller today provided more detail in the way of a date and approximate time, and I discovered our response on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 5:44 PM to Terminal 7 at LAX.

We responded to a ‘fire out’ in the terminal area involving a personal laptop computer. The apparent fire had been completely extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher by bystanders prior to our arrival.

There were no injuries.

The LAFD notified custodial staff at LAX to [handle] the cleanup. Firefighters did not determine the make and model of the device or the cause of the fire.

The hardest part of this whole thing? Dealing with countless attorneys who are pretending to be journalists in pursuit of information about this event.

UPDATE: Via Engadget: “Japanese electronics maker Sony (6758.T) said on Saturday it is investigating a fire incident on a Lenovo (0992.HK) laptop PC that reportedly used a Sony-made battery.
Media reports said a Lenovo notebook computer equipped with a Sony battery caught fire at Los Angeles International Airport last weekend. … A Sony spokesman said the Tokyo-based company is looking into the matter, without specifying. He also said, however, he is not aware of an official confirmation that a Sony battery was used at the PC. Officials at Lenovo’s Japanese unit were not immediately available for comment.”