The Latest: Flags ordered at half-staff for firefighter

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Posted: Mar 12, 2017 5:32 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a fire official who died of his injuries in a crash while responding to a fatal fire (all times local)

5:10 p.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered flags in the commonwealth to be flown at half-staff to honor a central Pennsylvania fire official who died after he was injured in a crash while responding to a fatal fire.

Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a 21-year veteran of the Harrisburg fire department, died Saturday. Officials said he was on his way to the station to pick up his gear before heading to the scene of Friday night's fire when his vehicle was hit at an intersection. Authorities said the female driver fled but was later arrested.

The governor said flags would remain at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities in York and Dauphin counties until his interment.

The fire was blamed on a recharging hoverboard. The blaze killed one girl and injured four other people, two critically

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3:10 p.m.

Authorities say a Pennsylvania fire official injured in a crash while responding to a fatal fire has died of his injuries.

The Harrisburg fire department said Lt. Dennis DeVoe died Saturday "surrounded by his family and close friends." He was a 21-year veteran of the department.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline said DeVoe was on his way to the station to pick up his gear before heading to the scene of the fire when his vehicle was hit at an intersection.

Eighteen-year-old Khanyae Kendall was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other offenses. Court documents don't list an attorney, and a listed number for her couldn't be found Sunday.

The fire was blamed on a recharging hoverboard. The blaze killed one girl and injured four other people, two critically.