Recharging Hoverboard Blamed For Toddler's Death In Home Fire
- Author: Santos West Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:13
A popular toy, known to consumer watchdogs for causing fires, claimed its first life in the USA over the weekend, spurring a federal investigation into the fire that killed a Harrisburg 3-year-old.
Numerous GoFundMe pages are open, accepting donations for families impacted by the fire on Lexington Street in Harrisburg on Friday night. Two other girls who were also in the home during the fire are now in critical condition. The other did not survive.
Investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by a hoverboard plugged in to be recharged on the first floor.
Hughes "was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Friday night".
Officials say there were heavy flames and smoke when firefighters arrived just before 8 p.m.
"Denny was a leader in our department and the fire service as a whole", Enterline wrote in a news release on Saturday.
The fireman who was critically injured while responding to the blaze was 21-year veteran Lt. Dennis DeVoe.
To further compound Friday's tragedy, a firefighter died while responding to the blaze - and a teenager was charged with allegedly driving a stolen vehicle while intoxicated in the fatal crash. DeVoe had been in critical serious condition at the Hershey Medical Center, however he later died.
According to Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline, one firefighter was inured while responding to the fire. Family members "heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter it exploded in flames", Enterline said. An investigation into the fire is continuing. She faces several charges, including vehicular aggravated assault, driving without a license, providing false information and receiving stolen property. Quickly, people began reporting the two-wheeled self-balancing scooters were catching fire, prompting a warning from the CPSC in February 2016.