A toddler was killed over the weekend in a raging Pennsylvania house fire that officials said was sparked by a hoverboard plugged into an electrical outlet for recharging.
If investigators confirm the cause of the Friday night blaze, it would be the first fatality in the U.S. linked to a hoverboard battery problem that has been blamed for scores of fires — including major house fires — since 2015, reported NBC.
Ashanti Hughes, 3, died of complications from burns she received over 95 percent of her body, the coroner ruled. Two other children in the Harrisburg home are in critical condition at a local burn center. Firefighter Lt. Dennis DeVoe, who raced to the scene to battle the blaze, was killed in a car crash involving a driver allegedly under the influence. A teenager and two adults in the home also suffered minor injuries.
At a Saturday press conference, Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the fire was started by a recharging hoverboard on the first floor of the three-story home, PennLive reported. Family members "heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter it exploded in flames," Enterline said.
Enterline called the incident an "extremely devastating night."