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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

4-year-old girl killed in hoverboard fire

4-year-old girl killed in hoverboard fire

Fire Lt. DeVoe, a married father, was a 21-year veteran with the Harrisburg Fire Department.

Devoe's vehicle was struck by a stolen auto as he was rushing to the scene of the fire. DeVoe then left for the fire station to get his equipment and his vehicle was struck by a teenage driver who is alleged to have stolen the auto she was driving. The alleged driver of the other vehicle, 19-year-old Khanyae Kendall, was arrested when she turned up at a hospital to receive treatment. Court documents don't list an attorney, and a listed number for her couldn't be found Sunday.

A self-balancing scooter is the most likely culprit behind the devastating fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl and left two more in critical condition, according to the fire chief.

Ashanti Hughes suffered burns over 95 percent of her body in the Harrisburg fire that started around 8 p.m., according to the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.

Enterline said the department is lucky two firefighters were not hurt when they were briefly trapped on the second floor of the house while working to rescue others inside.

Ashanti Hughes passed away Saturday morning, while her two sisters are hospitalized in critical condition.

Initial reports said the family heard "sizzling and crackling" coming from the outlet their hoverboard was plugged into to recharge on the first floor.

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.

Chief Enterline says the house was engulfed in flames by the time emergency responders arrived on scene. "The pain is so deep". The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

"I'm so hurt. I'm hurt".

'His passion for the fire service made each of us strive to be better in all we do. "Our resolve is strong and our will unwavering as we move forward with our service to the City of Harrisburg just as Denny would have said is a must".

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

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