1 girl dies, 2 hurt in fire blamed on hoverboard

3 juveniles injured in Harrisburg house fire

"Lt. DeVoe was trying to respond to an incident where he was trying to save some additional lives, and in that course of action, actually was critically injured by someone who was very careless", Captain Gabe Olivera said.

"We have lost everything in our home", said mum-of-three Clare.

A three-year-old girl has died after a hoverboard caused a house to go up in flames Friday night in Harrisburg.

Hughes died Saturday at Lehigh Valley burn center.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday. One boy and a man were treated for smoke inhalation and released, according to the chief.

DeVoe, a married father, and 21-year veteran with Harrisburg Fire Department, was driving back to the station to pick up his gear when the driver of the stolen vehicle smashed into him. Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a 21-year veteran of the Harrisburg Fire Department, was surrounded by relatives and friends after he was struck en route to the fire, officials said.

DeVoe was rushed to Hershey Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

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. He was also booked on other charges.

"The building was essentially fully engulfed in fire and we had multiple victims that we were in the process of rescuing", fire chief Brian Enterline told a press conference. The hoverboard had been charging.

Investigators said family members heard crackling in the hoverboard while plugged in and shortly after, it exploded into flames. Quickly, people began reporting the two-wheeled self-balancing scooters were catching fire, prompting a warning from the CPSC in February 2016. Enterline warned consumers against purchasing knockoff brands, which are not considered safe by UL, formerly Underwriters Laboratories standards. An investigation into the fire is continuing.



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