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Hoverboard fire causes major damage to family home in Strathmore

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05 Jan 2016
A hoverboard left charging in a girl's bedroom has caused a major fire overnight.

A hoverboard igniting has been deemed the cause of a significant fire in a Strathmore home overnight.

Firefighters were called to the Lebanon Street home just after 7pm.

Received as a Christmas gift, the hoverboard was on charge in the children’s bedroom when it caught fire and quickly spread.  The working smoke alarm operated alerting the family of five (a dad and four daughters), allowing them to safely evacuate with the family pets.

The rear of the brick split level home has been severely fire damaged with the remainder, and its contents, suffering damage by water, fire and smoke. No injuries have been reported. The family has sought alternative accommodation.

The fire took 30 minutes to bring under control.

MFB Firefighters remained on scene to continue to extinguish and maintain fire duties late into the evening.

Specialist MFB Fire Investigators will attend the scene this morning to further investigate and report on the cause.


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