A third replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire earlier this week, and the phone's owner expressed concern about how the manufacturer Samsung Electronics handled the incident, Kentucky-based WKYT reported Saturday.
Michael Klering, who needed to go to the hospital for acute bronchitis caused by smoke inhalation, told WKYT that the replacement phone wasn't plugged in or being used when it caught fire.
Klering, who said he was seeking legal advice and was concerned about getting the phone off the market, added that a Samsung representative inadvertently sent him a message reading, "Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it," the report said.
In September, Samsung Electronics recalled the earlier version of the model after reports of fires, which were blamed on defective batteries.
Samsung Electronics didn't immediately return CNBC's emailed request for comment, which was sent outside office hours.
Other media have reported that U.S. telecommunications carriers Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have said they will accept exchanges of Note 7 handsets, including the replacement phones, for other models of smartphones.