Pa. girl, 3, dies after fire caused by hoverboard; Fireman dies too

Police said Lt. Dennis Devoe was one of the first responders on his way to the home when he was struck by a drunk driver

A three-year-old girl has died after a hoverboard caused a house to go up in flames Friday night in Harrisburg.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A three-year-old girl died Saturday after a hoverboard caused a house to go up in flames Friday night in Harrisburg.  Authorities said on Sunday a Pennsylvania fire official injured in a crash while responding to the fatal fire died of his injuries on Saturday as well.

Ashanti Hughes, 3, was pronounced dead just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the Lehigh Valley coroner’s office said in a news release. Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said at a press conference Saturday that the fire in the 2500 block of Lexington Street. ignited from a hoverboard that was recharging.

The Harrisburg fire department said Sunday that Lt. Dennis DeVoe died Saturday “surrounded by his family and close friends.” He was a 21-year veteran of the department.

Chief Enterline said Devoe was one of the first responders on his way to the home when he was struck by a drunk driver.

Eighteen-year-old Khanyae Kendall was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other offenses. Court documents don’t list an attorney, and a listed number for her couldn’t be found Sunday.

According to police, Kendall checked herself into a hospital claiming to have minor injuries and denied being involved in the crash.

Police were able to link her to the crash and also believe she was driving a stolen vehicle.

Kendall is being charged with DUI, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, accidents involving injury, among other charges.

Two other children are in critical condition from the fire.

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