Orange Village fire caused by hoverboard in basement

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ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio-- One Cuyahoga County community is warning residents about the dangers of hoverboards.

The Orange Village Fire Department said a hoverboard caused a fire in the basement of a Nob Hill Oval House Saturday afternoon. The device was plugged in when it caught on fire.

"A smoke alarm was going off at the residence. We responded with our engine and upon arrival we were notified by police, who were first, that there was a hoverboard that was on fire. But the resident had actually put it out before our arrival," Orange Village Fire Chief Bob Wilson said.

The incident caused moderate smoke damage to the home. No one was injured.

This was Orange Village's first hoverboard-related fire call. Officials said it would have been much worse if the homeowner didn't have a fire extinguisher handy.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the risk of fires and falls caused by hoverboards.

"It stated that the lithium-ion batteries and the charger actually have a tendency to combust," Wilson said. "I would just keep an eye on it every time you have it plugged into the charger that it doesn't combust."

Amazon stopped selling and offered refunds for many self-balancing scooters. However, a quick search of the site on Monday lists dozens for sale.

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