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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Just days before last Thanksgiving, one family's nightmare turned into their reality.

The Gregorys bought their daughters a toy they thought was a popular gift for Christmas, but he now attributes it to the loss of his home.

WHNT News 19 talked to him right after the ordeal. "Somebody is going to get killed. I mean, it's just that simple. It doesn't matter if it does it, it's when it does it. I have no doubt in my mind, whatsoever, that's what started that fire and demolished my home and nearly killed me and my wife and kids," said Gregory.

Now, fast forward around six months later, and hoverboards are still making news... for all the wrong reasons. This latest recall released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission includes over 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards.

The Commission says the lithium-ion battery packs in the hoverboards can overheat and pose the risk of catching fire or even exploding.

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