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Hoverboard battery explodes, starting house fire, officials say

Firefighters had to rescue a pet sugar glider marsupial, but no one was injured.

TAMPA, Fla. — A house fire started Friday night when a hoverboard battery burst, Tampa Fire Rescue said.

The fire happened in a home about 7:30 p.m. on Cozumel Isle Drive in New Tampa.

Everyone in the house was able to get out, but they said a pet sugar glider marsupial had been left in an upstairs bedroom. Firefighters were able to get the animal out of the smoke-filled room.

Officials said the fire was put out quickly. No injuries were reported.

The homeowner told firefighters the fire had started when a battery on a hoverboard exploded, setting nearby items on fire.

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