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You've become acquainted with the notion that the cheap can turn out to be expensive.
I have the same set. When I bought the set, I also bought a lamp warranty through MACK. Sure enough, the original lamp went on the set and I activated my warranty coverage.
First replacement lamp was a Toshiba lamp - in Toshiba box. Plug and play and I was a happy camper again.
When that lamp went, I again went to my warranty for a 2nd replacement. Same vendor involved, but they sent me a lamp with no Toshiba branding on the box. Looked the same, but would only work for short periods of time, before startup problems became evident.
Went through 1/2 dozen replacement lamps - all not Toshiba branded - and they all developed the same problem.
Eventually, the lamp vendor (who advertises on this site) suggested that there was something wrong with my set for the lamps to fail so quickly.
I reported this under my extended warranty and they authorized an entire light engine replacement for the set.
New light engine, same lamp problem.
Finally, the lamp vendor suggested I try a lamp from Toshiba, although they insisted that theirs were as good as those in a Toshiba box.
I ended up ordering one from Toshiba and have been running perfectly ever since.
Long way of saying that cheap lamps just won't work reliably on these sets.
With the Toshiba lamps, I get immediate ignition each and every time - until the lamp gives out.
With any generic replacement, nothing but problems.
I'd guess that something has melted your lamp housing to the set somehow. The smell was probably from the melting plastic of either the set or the lamp housing.
Hopefully, you'll be able to get the lamp removed from the set without damage to the set itself.
If so, please spend the extra cash on a lamp directly from Toshiba. It costs significantly more the the aftermarket ones, but does come with a 6 month warranty. I bought my lamp with my credit card, which doubles the manufacturer's warranty - giving me a full year.
I will never try a non Toshiba lamp in my set again.