MEC&F Expert Engineers : A charging hoverboard is blamed for a home fire on Hazel Street in Dumont, New Jersey

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A charging hoverboard is blamed for a home fire on Hazel Street in Dumont, New Jersey

DUMONT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — 

A home in New Jersey sustained heavy damage in an early morning fire, and authorities say a charging hoverboard is to blame.

The Dumont Fire Department was called to a home on Hazel Street for a report of a self-balancing scooter on fire.

Responding units entered the home and encountered a heavy fire conditions throughout the basement, according to the Dumont Volunteer Fire Department.

The main fire was placed under control quickly, but authorities say it took almost two hours to extinguish hot spots throughout the home.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the home was uninhabitable.

On a night Santa was to be escorted through Dumont by the department, firefighters instead had to battle a blaze on Hazel Street Friday reportedly started by a hoverboard.

The hoverboard caught fire around 7:10 p.m. and flames spread to the house up to the second floor causing serious damage, according to reports.

No injuries were reported and the fire was under control within an hour.

A message left for Dumont Fire Chief Dan Molinaro seeking more information was not immediately returned.

Firefighters from Cresskill, Tenafly, and Bergenfield assisted at the scene.

A makeup date for Santa's ride through town with the fire department was not announced as of Friday night.

Dumont Volunteer Fire Department

Last night, the Dumont Fire Department was dispatched to 112 Hazel St. for a reported hover board on fire. Upon arrival by Chief Molinaro, there was heavy smoke showing from the front of the home. Crews entered the building and located heavy fire conditions throughout the basement that was quickly spreading upstairs into the first floor kitchen. The main body of fire was knocked down quickly, however extensive overhaul was necessary to knock down hot spots. Crews were on scene for over two hours. Thanks to the Dumont Police Dept., Dumont Ambulance, and the surrounding towns who assisted on scene.