Santa Rosa Fire says board was charging in her front bedroom. House went up very fast. $250,000 damage pic.twitter.com/QKlmOkG3QL— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) January 20, 2016
Less than a week after investigators say that they believe a hoverboard caused a Santa Rosa fire that killed two dogs, another Bay Area blaze has been linked to the controversial devices.
It was 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 when firefighters responded to a Santa Rosa home with "flames shooting from the front," the Chron reported at the time.
By Wednesday, ABC7 reports, the Santa Rosa Fire Department was "fairly certain that a hoverboard charging in a child's bedroom caused" the fire.
"The hoverboard itself," a A3 Original Transboard purchased on Amazon, "was plugged in the bedroom near a bookshelf," SRFD spokesperson Paul Lowenthal told ABC7.
"The bookshelf had some indicators on it that showed that the fire had started near the ground level."
No humans were home when the fire broke out, but the family's two dogs, a labradoodle named Bella and Boston terrier named Boo, were pulled out by firefighters. “Unfortunately, efforts by Fire Department personnel to resuscitate the animals were not successful,” Lowenthal told the Chron.
Less than a week later, the same story: This time, in Petaluma, where KRON4 reports that at 7 last night, a homeowner says he "he heard an explosion downstairs," then saw "his daughter’s hoverboard was charging, burning, and exploding."
The homeowner hit the blaze with a fire extinguisher, as "the explosion sent embers and parts of the hoverboard all across the bedroom and hallway."
According to a Facebook post by the Petaluma Fire Department, "The hoverboard involved in this fire was equipped with a Lithium-Ion battery and was called the 'Mini Smart Self Balancing 2 wheel Electric Scooter with Led Light,' purchased on Amazon."
As previously reported, Amazon announced in December that they have yanked several brands of hoverboard from their site. As of publication time, however, thousands remain, including at least one described as the "Mini Smart."
In last week's case, the damage totaled around $250,000. In Monday's, the damage amounted to around $10,000.
Over 40 fires like last week's have been reported across the country, spurring strong words from The Consumer Products Safety Commission.
“Consumers want and deserve answers about the safety of hoverboards,” commission chair Elliot Kaye said in a recent press release sent to media.
“I have directed agency staff to work non-stop to find the root cause of the fire hazard, how much of a risk it might present, and to provide consumers with answers as soon as possible.”
But for David Carpenter, whose house and dogs were destroyed last week, it's too little, too late.
"It's like selling kids bombs," he told ABC7. "They're just gonna go off, you never know when I guess."
"We didn't get any warnings, didn't get any recall notices from them after we bought it...Just be careful, to the parents out there. I could have happened in the middle of the night, I could have lost my daughter."