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TWO sisters aged 10 and 15 have been killed in a housefire that was reportedly sparked by a faulty hoverboard, a new lawsuit claims.

Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are suing Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard after they couldn't save the girls from their burning home.

3A new lawsuit claims that two girls, Brianna Baer (15) and Abigail Kaufman (10) were killed in a housefire started by a faulty hoverboardCredit: Facebook/ Jen Kaufman 3Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are seeking unspecified damages from Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard after the tragic eventCredit: Facebook/ Jen Kaufman 3While the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed by fire officials, the Kaufman's lawyer said an independent investigation found the hoverboard to be the causeCredit: CBS

The lawsuit claims the April 1 fire started when a hoverboard purchased at the big-box retailer in 2018 caught flame in their 10-year-old daughter's room.

The couple is arguing that Jetson and Walmart knew or should have known the hoverboard had a "defective and unreasonably dangerous design."

The suit claims that despite this alleged oversight, Jetson and Walmart continued to market, sell, and advertise the hoverboard.

The lawsuit comes after the fire department confirmed the Hellertown, Pennsylvania, house fire was "electrical in nature," but did not 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.

The mother Jennifer was able to escape through the window of her first-floor bedroom while father Damien was in a detached garage outside.

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 home and watched helplessly" as they waited for crews to arrive.

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

While fire officials did not confirm the exact cause of the fire, the 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 in which we carefully evaluated the evidence not only from the fire scene itself but also did an inspection of the hoverboard," he told The Morning Call.

"We are convinced based on our careful and thorough investigation that the hoverboard is responsible."

Walmart provided the U.S. Sun with a statement addressing the tragedy and lawsuit.

"Our thoughts go out to the Kaufman family for their loss," a spokesperson for Walmart said.

"We expect our suppliers to provide safe, quality products that meet all applicable laws and regulations.

"We will respond with the Court as appropriate after we are served with the complaint."

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The heartbroken family is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and damage to their house after the defendants engaged in "negligent, reckless, fraudulent and/or outrageous conduct," the suit claims.

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

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The alternative French city break that has live music festivals with free coffee and croissants

I’M going to Vienne. You mean Vienna? No, Vienne, a city in France.

As everyone thought I was off to the Austrian capital, the French clearly need to start shouting about their historical gem from the top of its amazing amphitheatre.

4Trisha takes her free bike for a ride alongside the RhoneCredit: Supplied 4Roll out the barrel and enjoy a look around a wine cellar as part of your trip 4The streets are crammed every Saturday for one of France’s largest markets, where 350 stallholders sell food and fruit, homeware and hats

Sitting on the banks of the river Rhone in the south east of the country, Vienne is a good a city break destination as better-known Lyon, 20 miles north. 

Wonderful wines, fabulous food, Roman ruins, jazz and jam. It has it all. 

I visited during the summer Jazz Festival, when music takes over every corner of the city for two weeks, entertaining more than 200,000 fans. 

The beating heart of the event is the Theatre Antique, an amphitheatre built on a hillside around 40 to 50 AD.

It hosted legends such as George Benson and Herbie Hancock performing to a packed 8,000-strong crowd.

Strawberry and basil jam 

I climbed up and up to find a spare spot on the stone steps and was treated to a spectacular sunset while George sang his Grammy award-winning Give Me The Night. 

The festival boasts an all-night concert, with free coffee and croissants for those still jazzing at 5.30am.

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What you need on the croissants is a spoonful or two of confiture made by Philippe Bruneton, officially the best jam-maker in France.

He produces 50,000 jars a year of specialities such as strawberry and basil and raspberry and chocolate in his workshop in nearby Longes.

I went on a group trip to visit his shop, no bigger than a garage, and we all came away with jars, costing from as little as £4. 

Stay at Vienne’s quaint Grand Hotel de La Poste and you’ll be treated to even more of Philippe’s jam. It is on their superb breakfast buffet along with meats, cheese and homemade cakes. 

The former 18th-century coaching inn with 36 individual rooms is perfectly placed, a two-minute walk from the station and surrounded by shops and restaurants. There’s no shortage of cycle routes along the river nearby and on roads winding through terraced vineyards and mountains. 

If you stay in a city hotel, you can rent an electric bike free from the tourist board.

I took a guided tour along the ViaRhona bike path and watched canoeists on the river using considerably more energy than me.

Bike handed back, it was R&R — rest and refreshment — time with chef Philippe Girardon.

He has the Michelin-star Domaine de Clairefontaine, but we ate lunch at his nearby bistro, Le Cottage.

And we were treated to two amazing courses for £16. We gave the wine a miss to save ourselves for a tasting session at Maison E. Guigal, which produces up to nine million bottles a year. 

Tastings cost from £10 and you can also visit its museum housing equipment, tools and Roman coins.

The Romans have left their mark throughout Vienne and a museum built on the archaeological site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal houses treasures including colourful mosaics.

There’s also an 11th-century cathedral, sculpted cloister, 50ft obelisk, which may or may not be the tomb of Roman governor Pontius Pilate, and the Temple of Augustus to be admired. 

Vienne has the feel of a small French town — paved squares, narrow streets, wrought iron balconies and a café or restaurant on every corner. One of my favourite meals — giant criques (potato pancakes) with vegetables — was at L’Estancot, in the shadow of the cathedral.

The streets are crammed every Saturday for one of France’s largest markets, where 350 stallholders sell food and fruit, homeware and hats.

As well as a video of jazz supremo George, I went home with wine, jam — and the face of a pig, which I shall now explain.

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While exploring Vienne, I came across potter Jean-Jacques Dubernard who makes unique glazed clay pieces in his small dusty workshop, with pottery wheel in the window.

And from his quirky animals, I chose my favourite, a pig. You wouldn’t find that in Vienna!

4The beating heart of the event is the Theatre Antique, an amphitheatre, where I was treated to a spectacular sunset while George Benson sang his Grammy award-winning Give Me The NightCredit: Supplied

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