3-Year-Old Girl Dies After Fire in Harrisburg; Recharging Hoverboard Blamed

Arrest made in hit & run crash that injured Harrisburg firefighter while responding to fire call

Dennis DeVoe died Saturday evening from critical injuries sustained in a hit-and-run incident while responding to a row home fire on Lexington Street in Harrisburg Friday night.

The Harrisburg fire department said Lt. Dennis DeVoe died "surrounded by his family and close friends".

On Friday night, fire crews were called to a burning house in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

DeVoe was blocks from the fire station to pick up his gear and joined his fellow firefighters at the scene.

Authorities later charged the other driver, Khanyae Kendall, 18, with driving under the influence, aggravated assault by motor vehicle and other crimes. Officials believe that the fire was sparked by a hoverboard that was recharging.

The coroner in Lehigh County said the 3-year-old, Ashanti Hughes, had been pronounced as dead around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest. One boy and a man were treated for smoke inhalation and released, according to the chief. "They really don't", Dominick said. DeVoe died later Saturday at Hershey Medical Center.


Enterline, also dealing with the aftermath of the fire, said a rechargeable hoverboard plugged into a first-floor electrical outlet was identified as the cause of the blaze. "Our department and the City of Harrisburg are better because of his service".

"We've seen too many fires and too many fire fatalities as a result of these hoverboards", he added.

'Our hearts are broken and we grieve for the loss of our brother'.

It cited the local fire chief as saying the family heard "sizzling and crackling" coming from the board and an outlet.

Charles Allen said to WHP-TV that he witnessed little girls screaming in the building's second story.

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