Charging hoverboard blamed for fire that kills girl


Fire Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe was responding to a call on March 10 when he was struck by another vehicle at an intersection, the Daily Mail reported.

He would later die from his injuries.

The agency said at the time that it had investigated more than 60 hoverboard fires in more than 20 states that resulted in more than $2 million in property damage, according to a report published by CNET.

A popular toy, known to consumer watchdogs for causing fires, claimed its first life in the US over the weekend, spurring a federal investigation into the fire that killed a Harrisburg 3-year-old.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest. Besides the two family members, both girls, who were critically injured in the fire, and the fireman who was critically injured while responding to the scene, two other family members, both females, were rescued using a ladder.

Khanyae Kendall, 19, fled the scene on Friday evening but was later arrested and has been charged with driving under the influence and aggravated assault among others.

The fire was reported around 8 p.m. on Friday, during which one resident jumped from the second floor of the building to escape the blaze, according to AP.

"My granddaughter, I can't replace her", the child's grandfather Mark Hughes told local news outlet FOX43 in an interview.

"I'm so hurt. I'm hurt". If the model investigators believe started the fire is not included in the original recall, the list may need to be amended, he said.

'They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames, ' Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said. "The pain is so deep". A report from citing family and Harrisburg police says she was four.

Devoe's vehicle was struck by a stolen auto as he was rushing to the scene of the fire.

"Maybe this is what takes us to the next level and there comes some federal mandates down and we make this better for everybody", he added. "Our resolve is strong and our will unwavering as we move forward with our service to the City of Harrisburg just as Denny would have said is a must", Enterline said at a press conference.