Walmart is being sued after two sisters, ages 10 and 15, are killed in a horror house fire while heartbroken parents watched

TWO sisters, ages 10 and 15, have been killed in a house fire reportedly started by a faulty hoverboard, a new lawsuit says.

Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are suing Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard after failing to rescue the girls from their burning home.

A new lawsuit alleges two girls, Brianna Baer, ​​15, and Abigail Kaufman, 10, were killed in a house fire started by a malfunctioning hoverboard

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A new lawsuit alleges two girls, Brianna Baer, ​​15, and Abigail Kaufman, 10, were killed in a house fire started by a malfunctioning hoverboardPhoto credit: Facebook/Jen Kaufman
Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are seeking unspecified damages from Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard in the wake of the tragic event

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Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are seeking unspecified damages from Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard in the wake of the tragic eventPhoto credit: Facebook/Jen Kaufman
While the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed by fire officials, Kaufman's attorney said an independent investigation determined the hoverboard was the cause

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While the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed by fire officials, Kaufman’s attorney said an independent investigation determined the hoverboard was the causePhoto credit: CBS

The lawsuit alleges the April 1 fire started when a hoverboard purchased from the major retailer in 2018 caught fire in her 10-year-old daughter’s room.

The pair argue that Jetson and Walmart knew, or should have known, that the hoverboard had a “defective and unreasonably dangerous design.”

The lawsuit alleges that despite this alleged oversight, Jetson and Walmart continue to market, sell, and promote the hoverboard.

The lawsuit comes after the fire department confirmed the home fire in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, was “electrical in nature” but didn’t specify the cause.

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Brianna Baer, ​​15, and Abigail Kaufman, 10, were trapped on the second floor of the home when the hoverboard allegedly ignited.

Mom Jennifer was able to escape through the window of her first floor bedroom while dad Damien was outside in a detached garage.

Damien attempted to enter the home and rescue the two girls, but was tragically unsuccessful, according to the lawsuit.

The horrified parents “instead stood on the front lawn of their house and watched helplessly” as they waited for the crews to arrive.

Firefighters rescued the two girls, but sadly they succumbed to their injuries at St. Luke’s University Hospital on Fountain Hill.

While fire officials did not confirm the exact cause of the fire, Kaufman’s attorney, Tom Kline, said an independent investigation proved the hoverboard was to blame.

“We conducted a thorough cause and origin investigation with multiple experts, during which we carefully evaluated the evidence not only from the fire site itself, but also inspected the hoverboard,” he told The Morning Call.

“We are convinced, based on our careful and thorough investigation, that the hoverboard is to blame.”

Walmart provided a statement to the US Sun addressing the tragedy and the court case.

“Our thoughts go out to the Kaufman family for their loss,” said a Walmart spokesman.

“We expect our suppliers to provide safe, quality products that comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

“We will respond appropriately to the court after the complaint has been served on us.”

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The heartbroken family is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses and damage to their home after the defendants engaged in “negligent, reckless, fraudulent and/or rude conduct,” the lawsuit states.

Kline said the lawsuit would not only hold the manufacturer and retailer accountable, but could also prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

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