Authorities: Hoverboard fire kills small child, two sisters in critical condition
- Author: Lila Blake Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:15
Lieutenant Dennis Devoe was one of the first responders on his way to the home when he was T-boned by a vehicle driven by 19-year old Khanyae Kendall.
He was transferred the hospital but later died.
A Pennsylvania lieutenant is dead after he was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash while racing to the scene of a fire - sparked by a hoverboard.
Officials ruled the fire accidental and said that it appears to have stemmed from a recharging hoverboard on the first floor of the property.
A popular toy, known to consumer watchdogs for causing fires, claimed its first life in the US over the weekend, spurring a federal investigation into the fire that killed a Harrisburg 3-year-old.
DeVoe, a married father of four who spent 21 years with the Harrisburg Fire Department, was one of two firefighters who helped pull a man out of burning house in February, PennLive reported.
Harrisburg officials said one victim jumped from a second-floor roof to escape the blaze, which was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.
Police later arrested 19-year-old Khanyae Kendall when she showed up at a hospital emergency room. EMS providers took Devoe to Hersey Medical Center where he was initially listed in critical condition on Friday night but later succumbed to his injuries Saturday.
To further compound Friday's tragedy, a firefighter died while responding to the blaze - and a teenager was charged with allegedly driving a stolen auto while intoxicated in the fatal crash.
"My granddaughter, I can't replace her", the child's grandfather Mark Hughes told local news outlet FOX43 in an interview.
Enterline said hoverboards are "notorious for starting fires". I'm so hurt. My soul is hurt'. "The pain is so deep", Hughes said. "His passion for the fire service made each of us strive to be better in all we d".