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Hoverboard likely to blame for Santa Rosa fire that killed two dogs, officials say

Hoverboard likely to blame for Santa Rosa fire that killed two dogs, officials say
Santa Rosa fire officials said a blaze that killed two pet dogs in a Santa Rosa home started in an area where a hoverboard was charging. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

A charging hoverboard is likely to blame for an accidental home fire that killed two family dogs in Santa Rosa, authorities said.

The fire started in an area of the home where an A3 Original Transboard hoverboard was charging, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

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Flames quickly spread through the single-story home on East Foothill Drive. The residents were not home, but two pet dogs were trapped inside. Firefighters entered the home and removed the dogs, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, the department said.

The fire caused $200,000 to $250,000 in damages to the front of the home, authorities said.

Although the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, the Fire Department notified the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission about the incident. The commission is investigating hoverboard fires across the nation.

In December, commission Chairman Elliot Kaye announced that engineers were testing new and damaged hoverboards to determine why some caught fire while charging.

The commission has received dozens of reports of injuries ranging from concussions to fractures.

"Every consumer who is riding a hoverboard, who purchased one to give as a gift during the holidays, or who is thinking about buying one deserves to know if there is a safety defect," Kaye said in a statement.

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