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3-Year-Old Girl Dies After Fire in Harrisburg; Recharging Hoverboard Blamed

3-Year-Old Girl Dies After Fire in Harrisburg; Recharging Hoverboard Blamed”

A Pennsylvania house fire that killed a toddler was caused by a hoverboard.

Eight months since the Consumer Products Safety Commission recalled almost 500,000 hoverboards for fire safety issues, a three-year-old child has died in a fire that investigators believe was started by a recharging hoverboard.

Two other children, Savannah and Raelynn Wolfe, were severely injured as well.

Savannah Dominick, 10, is listed in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

"These hoverboards are notorious for starting fires, and causing fires across the country", said Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline. They are now being treated at Lehigh Valley Medical Center.

The girl, Ashanti Hughes sustained burns over 95 percent of her body in a fire that started around 8 p.m. Friday, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said.

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"We have lost everything in our home", said mum-of-three Clare. Hughes' father and a male teenager were treated for smoke inhalation and released from the hospital.

The girl's family and the fire department both suffered a heartbreaking loss that night.

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

Chief Enterline says the house was engulfed in flames by the time emergency responders arrived on scene. Family members reported they heard sizzling and crackling noises before the hoverboard broke into flames.

The female driver, later identified as 18-year-old Khanyae Kendall, was seen fleeing from the other vehicle involved in the crash, police said. Quickly, people began reporting the two-wheeled self-balancing scooters were catching fire, prompting a warning from the CPSC in February 2016. Kendall was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, accidents involving injury, and other charges. An investigation into the fire is continuing.



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