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Second baby monitor fire reported following original FOX 4 story

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A North Texas family recently told FOX 4 they have the forensic report to prove their baby monitor started a fire, and they're upset the product is still being sold in stores.

Now, another monitor has been involved in a fire.

Last month, FOX 4 aired the story about the first fire. According to a forensic report commissioned by Molly Sandlin's insurance company, in May 2013, the battery inside a Summer Infant baby monitor in her home swelled and started a fire.

Sandlin's boys had left for a shopping trip with their nanny, and they returned to a fire and a house filled with smoke.

"It was on our granite countertop in our kitchen, so fortunately what it was sitting on didn't burst into flames as well," said Sandlin.

That forensic report and the burned baby monitor were sent to Summer Infant in September of 2013, and after seven months, the company hasn't taken any action, citing they're working on their own third party report and are still awaiting results.

Two weeks after that story aired, FOX 4 learned of another monitor fire –- this time, in Georgia.

Esther Weathers contacted FOX 4 after she says a Summer Infant baby monitor she owned burst into flames while sitting on the counter, right in front of her sister who was babysitting.

According to their online correspondence, the company is aware of Weathers' story.

A company spokesperson told FOX 4 directly there has been "one additional incident," although they stopped short of acknowledging it was Weathers' case.

Again, the company asked the monitor be sent to them so they can do their own evaluation.

Despite now two fires in less than a year, the company told FOX 4 they are still not taking action while they carefully review their own third party analysis report and proceed from there.

Summer Infant had previously recalled the rechargeable battery inside certain baby monitors, saying that they could overheat and swell and cause a burn hazard.

The company has a special warning on its website instructing consumers to return any units that overheat. The company has confirmed that Sandlin's and Weathers' units were not part of that original recall.

FOX 4 continues to be in touch with Summer Infant and will follow up as soon as the company issues an update.

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