Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

A child has died after an unsafe hoverboard explosion

A child has died after an unsafe hoverboard explosion

The fire was reported just before 8 p.m. Her death, blamed on complications from burns, was ruled an accident.

The little girl died the next morning at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center.

Enterline said the department is lucky two firefighters were not hurt when they were briefly trapped on the second floor of the house while working to rescue others inside. A male and a teenage boy were also taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and later released.

Investigators said family members heard crackling in the hoverboard while plugged in and shortly after, it exploded into flames.

More than 500,000 hoverboards were recalled a year ago after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that batteries in 10 Chinese-made models could catch fire and explode. By the middle of 2016, the Consumer Products Safety Commission warned that consumers should stop using scooters made by certain manufacturers. They were told if these new guidelines were not followed, they would be subject to enforcement action and seizure of their products. The devices' rechargable lithium-ion cells contain a potentially flammable solution, which can explode if the battery is damaged or defective. CPSC has investigated more than 60 fires since fall 2015.

It was not immediately clear what brand of hoverboard may have caused this deadly house fire.

The federal government is investigating what may be the first US death linked to a devastating hoverboard fire.

Lt. Dennis DeVoe of Stewartstown, a 21-year veteran of Harrisburg Fire Department, died at Penn State Hershey.

Lieutenant Dennis Devoe was one of the first responders on his way to the home when he was T-boned by a auto driven by 19-year old Khanyae Kendall. She is also alleged to have fled the scene of the collision. Officials said the driver of the vehicle that struck DeVoe was arrested for aggravated assault. The vehicle he was driving had been reported as stolen.

Enterline said hoverboards are 'notorious for starting fires'.

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