3 girls burned in Harrisburg Fire

Posted March 13, 2017

A young girl from Harrisburg died Saturday morning in the Lehigh Valley after suffering extensive burns in a house fire that authorities reportedly say may have been started by a recharging hoverboard.

DeVoe, a married father, and 21-year veteran with Harrisburg Fire Department, was driving back to the station to pick up his gear when the driver of the stolen auto smashed into him.

DeVoe was blocks from the fire station to pick up his gear and joined his fellow firefighters at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, which was reported stolen, was arrested on aggravated assault and other counts, officials said.

Dennis Devoe was passing through an intersection on his way to the scene of a major structure fire Friday night when the crash occurred, according to ABC7.com. The blaze killed a 3-year-old girl and injured four other people, two critically.

Police reports indicate Kendall ran a stop sign in the area of Walnut Street and impacted DeVoe's vehicle Friday night. 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.

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Lt. Dennis DeVoe 'was a leader in our department and the fire service as a whole, ' Enterline said.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline said two other victims were rescued by ladder, as was a man.

Hoverboard accidents are not uncommon and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously issued a warning that certain devices "pose an unreasonable risk of fire to consumers".

"Our hearts are broken and we grieve for the loss of our brother", he said.

"They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and, shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames", he said.