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Van Nuys house fire is linked to a hoverboard that was being charged

Los Angeles fire officials say a weekend blaze that damaged a Van Nuys home was caused by a hoverboard that was being charged.

Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the fire Sunday caused significant damage to the residence. Nobody was hurt.

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Reports of hoverboards bursting into flames have come out of at least 10 states in recent months.

The two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered devices are prohibited on all Metrolink trains, under a ban that went into effect Monday.


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