Herndon House Fire Highlights Hoverboard Hazards

On January 2, at approximately 12:33 a.m., units responded to a reported house fire in the 2600 block of Meadow Hall Drive in the Herndon section of Fairfax County. The fire was out upon fire department arrival.

Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in the basement and was accidental in nature. The fire was caused when the battery of the hoverboard was overcharged due to the use of an aftermarket (third party replacement) charging adapter. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $1,000.

Captain Tim Palmer highlights the issue and provides steps hoverboard owners can take to prevent this from happening.