“They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames,” he said.
“We’ve seen too many fires and too many fire fatalities as a result of these hoverboards,” he said.
Friday. Two other females were rescued by ladder from the ground, as was a man. Fire officials in Harrisburg said one victim jumped from a second-floor porch roof to escape the blaze, which was reported shortly before 8 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A fire that killed a toddler and critically injured two others, and also led to critical injuries to a responding fire official, appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard, authorities said.
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Many of the firefighters battling the blaze had just come from the funeral of a retired firefighter who died of cancer, he said.
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Dennis DeVoe, a 21-year veteran, was on his way to the station to pick up his gear before heading to the scene when his vehicle was hit in an intersection, Fire Chief Brian Enterline said. DeVoe was reported in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center. The driver of the other vehicle, which was reported stolen, was arrested on aggravated assault and other counts, officials said. Fire Lt.
The Lehigh County coroner’s office said 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead just after 11:30 a.m. The man and another occupant of the home, a teenage male, were treated and released. Saturday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Two girls remain hospitalized in critical condition.
Authorities say a little girl has died following a fire in Harrisburg, Pa., that also critically injured two others and appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard, Friday, March 10, 2017. (Sean Simmers /PennLive.com via AP)
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Enterline called the devices “notorious for starting fires” and urged people not to use them in what he called “knockoff brands” not deemed safe by UL, formerly Underwriters Laboratories.
The fire was ruled accidental and attributed to a hoverboard plugged in to recharge on the first floor, where family members were also present, Enterline said.