Hover­board sparked deadly fire, of­fi­cials say

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A fire that killed a tod­dler ap­pears to have been sparked by a recharg­ing hover­board, author­i­ties said Satur­day.

Fire of­fi­cials in Harrisburg, Pa., said one vic­tim jumped from a sec­ond-floor roof to es­cape the blaze, which was re­ported about 8 p.m. Fri­day.

Three other peo­ple were res­cued by lad­der.

The Le­high County coro­ner’s of­fice said Ashanti Hughes, 3, was pro­nounced dead about 11:30 a.m. Satur­day at a hos­pi­tal. Two girls re­main hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. A man and a teenage male were treated and re­leased.

Fire Lt. Den­nis DeVoe was driv­ing to the sta­tion be­fore head­ing to the scene when his ve­hi­cle was hit, Fire Chief Brian En­ter­line said. DeVoe was re­ported in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The driver of the other ve­hi­cle was ar­rested on as­sault and other charges.

The fire was ruled ac­ci­den­tal and at­trib­uted to a hover­board plugged in to recharge on the first floor, En­ter­line said.

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