The two-wheeled, self-balancing toy was left charging at the Metropolitan Apartments on Old Georgetown Road when it suddenly went up in flames, fire officials say.
WASHINGTON — A malfunctioning hoverboard is thought to have caused a Bethesda, Maryland apartment fire which led to $100,000 in damages on Sunday.
A Montgomery County fire official said the two-wheeled, self-balancing toy was left charging at the Metropolitan Apartments on Old Georgetown Road when it suddenly went up in flames.
Photos tweeted by Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer showed the charred husk of a hoverboard, with significant burns to the apartment’s floor and walls.
Update (~4p 9/16) 7620 Old Georgetown Rd, 12-sty Metropolitan Apts; Area of Origin, 5th floor apt, living em; Cause, accidental, unknown/undetermined malfunction of a hoverboard being charged; Damage, $75K bldg, $25K contents; Smoke Alarm activated, insuffient heat for sprinkler pic.twitter.com/PVu76IuFtE
Despite not burning hot enough to set off the sprinkler system, Peringer said the fire dealt an estimated $75,000 in damage to the building, in addition to $25,000 worth of property in the apartment itself.