A husband and wife say they were skeptical about getting their daughter a hoverboard for Christmas, which they believe started a fire that destroyed their Milwaukee home on Christmas day.
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What’s the Problem?
January 3, 2018 – Tikiya Phillips says she wanted to surprise her 7-year-old daughter with a hoverboard for Christmas, but had no idea the toy would end up costing their family everything, according to WITI Fox News 6.
Tikiya and the girl’s father presented her with the gift that night, and each of them took turns riding it around the house before going out to dinner. About an hour later, Tikiya got an urgent phone call to come back home as soon as possible.
“As soon as I pulled up and see that her room window was out, that’s how I knew it was my home,” she said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in November announced the recall of 7 brands of hoverboards after reports surfaced of the devices’ battery packs overheating and catching fire or exploding.
Phillips said she wants to warn other parents not to make the mistake she did.
“I advise them not to buy the hoverboard,” Tikiya said. “Like, it just happened to us on Christmas Day. We lost everything. We gotta start from scratch.”
Phillips said the incident brings perspective to what truly matters during the holiday season.
“Material stuff comes and goes, she could have been in that bed when it happened,” Tikiya said. “So we just thank God for that.”
Officials from the Milwaukee Fire Department estimated the damage at $30,000.
The Red Cross is helping the family find shelter while they look for a new place to live. Tikiya has also launched a GoFundMe.com account to raise money to help replace the lost items.
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