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Teen escapes hoverboard fire using family escape plan

Teen escapes hoverboard fire using family escape plan


6 NEWS. WATCHING OUT FOR YOU. JENNIFER: AN 8TH GRADER PUTS HIS FAMILY’S FIRE ESCAPE PLAN INTO ACTION, WHEN A FIRE BREAKS OUT ON THE THE FIRST FLOOR OF HIS HOME, BLOCKING HIM UPSTAIRS. IT IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE STORY. AND: THIS HOUSE FIRE HAPPENED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN SOUTHEAST IDAHO STREET. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY IT WAS STARTED BY A HOVERBOARD THAT EXPLODED. AMY: EVERYBODY HERE IS OK BUT THEY TELL IT WAS SCARY, ESPECIALLY FOR A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY, WHO ESCAPED THE FIRE THROUGH HIS 2ND STORY WINDOW. WHEN THE SMOKE ALARMS STARTED GOING OFF TUESDAY AFTERNOON. I THOUGHT IT WAS MY MOM’S COOKING. AMY: 14-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW BROWN WAS IN HIS 2ND FLOOR BEDROOM, WHEN HIS BROTHER’S NEW HOVERBOARD ON THE FIRST FLOOR SUDDENLY CAUGHT FIRE. I WAS TAKING A NAP I WAS AWOKEN BY SOME NOISE, THINKING IT WAS MARCY DOING LAUNDRY. I SAW THE FLAMES COMING FROM THE OTHER ROOM. AMY: BRUCE PETTIBONE SAYS THE HOVERBOARD, WHICH WASN’T CHARGING OR ANYTHING, WAS SHOOTING FIERY BATTERIES LIKE A CANNON. TRIED TO PUT THE FIRE OUT. AMY: BUT HE SAYS THE HOVERBOARD JUST KEPT EXPLODING, AND THE FIRE WAS BLOCKING THE STAIRS TO MATTHEW’S BEDROOM. I DID NOT WANT IT TO GET UPSTAIRS. I WAS CRUSHED AND THEN I REMEMBERED WE HAD PLANNED THIS. AMY: OVER THE YEARS THE FAMILY HAD PLANNED AND PRACTICED ESCAPING A FIRE. I THOUGHT MY MOM WAS BEING PARANOID. AMY: BUT NOT ANYMORE, AS HIS BEDROOM STARTED FILLING WITH SMOKE, MATTHEW GRABBED THE EMERGENCY LADDER FROM HIS CLOSET, AND MADE HIS WAY OUT THE WINDOW. I JUST WANT THE KIDS TO BE PREPARED. I’M GLAD HE WAS PREPARED AND HE KNEW HOW TO USE IT. I WAS PROUD. AMY: INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED THE NEW HOOVERBOARD TO CATCH FIRE, THE FAMILY SAYS THEY’RE JUST GREATFUL EVERYONE IS OK, AND THAT THEY HAD AN ESCAPE PLAN. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SITTING LIKE THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. AMY: AND WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON WHAT INVESTIGATORS LEARN ABOUT THAT HOOVERBOARD AND HOW

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