A 3-year-old girl from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died today, following a Friday night fire that officials say was ignited by a hoverboard that was recharging.
Fire Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a veteran of 21 years, had headed to the station to gather his equipment before going over to the scene of the fire when his vehicle was hit at a nearby intersection, said Fire Chief Brian Enterline.
Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags at the State Capitol Complex to fly at half-staff in honor of fallen Harrisburg firefighter Lt. Dennis DeVoe.
Chief Brian Enterline announced at a press conference this afternoon that Hughes and two other children were severely injured from burns caused by a hoverboard fire last night.
The female driver, later identified as 18-year-old Khanyae Kendall, was seen fleeing from the other vehicle involved in the crash, police said.More news: Sergi Roberto describes dream Champions League goal in Barcelona comeback
The fire was ruled accidental and attributed to a hoverboard plugged in to recharge on the first floor, where family members were also present, Enterline said. Two other girls are in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, officials said. The girl's father and a teenage boy were treated and released for smoke inhalation.
"When the officers arrived it was fully engulfed we have people trying to get back in the house to try and get people out from the building and the fire department arrived and made entry to the building they did remove several people from the building", said Olivera on Friday.
"Our hearts are broken and we grieve for the loss of our brother", he said.
Hoverboards have been the subject of safety fears for some time.