INVESTIGATES: Could your child's light-up shoe catch fire? - - Jackson, MS

INVESTIGATES: Could your child's light-up shoe catch fire?

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Jovan Virag, of Katy, Texas, couldn't believe it when she saw smoke filling up her SUV one morning back in May, and then found what she believes started the fire: her son Warren's light-up shoes sitting on the back seat floor, charred to a crisp. 

"I saw the shoe laying on the ground with the wires sticking up and a light bulb...I knew immediately, that's what it was," Virag says. 

The Jake and the Neverland Pirates shoes were taken apart, and a lithium battery was found inside. It's the same type of chargeable battery that's been found in hoverboards, which are notorious for shorting out and causing small fires. 

"I was surprised there was a little lithium ion battery in there, just to get some LED lights blinking," says her husband. 

Lithium batteries are also used in cell phones and small electronics. Could you find them in your child's shoes? 

"To have one in a child's shoe strikes me as a little odd," says Brandon Division Fire Chief Benjamin Warren. 

An experiment was conducted with Warren, deconstructing a girl's light-up character shoe bought at Wal Mart.  

"This is not a lithium battery, this is a button battery, the same kind of battery you'd find in a garage door opener, a watch battery," Warren told us after discovering the battery in the shoe. 

Because button batteries are meant to burn out and not be recharged, Warren says there's virtually no chance the flat battery would short circuit or overheat. 

"And even if it did, the voltage of this battery is so low that the heat generated would be minimal, and there's a real low likelihood of this ever catching on fire," he says. . 

There was no indication of the type of battery on the shoe label. Parents are urged to call the shoe company or research the shoe to make sure the battery is harmless before purchasing. 

The Virag family bought their son's shoes at Payless.

The company issued a statement saying in part, "We have removed the boys' Jake lighted runner from our shelves until we can further investigate a customer claim regarding that shoe. Safety is always a top priority and we take the claim made by the customer seriously."

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