- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Hoverboard Malfunction Cause of Andover Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
ANDOVER — Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of this afternoon’s fire at 10 Temple Place in Andover was the malfunction of a hoverboard.
Investigators determined that a hoverboard charging on the first floor of the two-family home ignited the fire.
Hoverboard fires were a national problem in 2016 after many were received as holiday gifts in 2015. They are powered by lithium-ion batteries and must now be compliant with national safety standards.
Chief Mansfield said, “Use only chargers supplied with the hoverboard. Only charge a hoverboard when you are there to watch it and do not charge unattended, especially overnight. Overcharging can cause a fire.”
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “It is important to purchase a hoverboard that has been approved by an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory. When purchasing online, be on the lookout for fraudulent claims.” For more information on hoverboard safety or how to check if the UL listing is legitimate, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s webpage.