Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Hoverboard Blaze Kills 3-Year-Old, Marking First Such Fatality in US

Early video: 3 children rescued from Harrisburg, PA rowhouse fire Young girl dies after Harrisburg fire possibly started by hoverboard
Craig Ferguson | 13 March, 2017, 01:19

Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Lt. Dennis Devoe was involved in auto crash with another vehicle as he was responding to the Friday night blaze.

Sunday's fire is blocks away from where Lt. Dennis DeVoe, of Stewartstown and a 21-year veteran firefighter, was killed responding to a fire on Friday night.

"They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter it exploded in flames", Brian Enterline, fire chief said.

Kendall, who fled the scene, was later arrested and is being charged with DUI, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, accidents involving injury, among other charges.

The Harrisburg fire was blamed on a recharging hoverboard.

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The coroner in Lehigh County said the 3-year-old, Ashanti Hughes, had been pronounced as dead around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest. A teenage boy and his father were also treated for smoke inhalation but have since been released.

"People were frantic in the street, hollering, screaming, there were children " Allen said. EMS providers took Devoe to Hersey Medical Center where he was initially listed in critical condition on Friday night but later succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

Numerous firefighters battling the blaze had just come from the funeral of a retired firefighter who died of cancer, he said. "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". As with many fires associated with gadgets, defective batteries are often said to be the cause.

"Our hearts are broken and we grieve for the loss of our brother", he said.

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