Hoverboard blamed for CA fire that killed dogs

Posted at 9:32 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 12:32:51-05

SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Fire officials say a hoverboard sparked a house fire in Santa Rosa, California, that killed two dogs.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports  that the fire broke out Tuesday in a girl's bedroom where the hoverboard was being charged.

Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Mark Basque estimates the blaze caused $200,000 to $250,000 in damage.


The home was unoccupied except for the two dogs, a labradoodle and a Boston terrier, who died of apparent smoke inhalation.

The two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered devices have drawn criticism in recent months, as reports have come out across the country of them bursting into flames.