Fire destroys Wilkinsburg home | WPXI

The fire was reported to be on the second floor of the two-story house, but officials said the fire appeared to have started in the basement.

From there, it spread through the walls. According to a fire official, the three occupants of the house were sitting on the porch when a neighbor alerted them to heavy smoke coming from the house.Fire officials confirmed the house was destroyed by the fire.

There were no reported injuries.

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3 children among victims in New York City house fire

A fast-moving fire killed five people, including three children, as flames surged through a New York City home on a sunny spring afternoon, leaving authorities to scour for clues about what sparked the deadly blaze.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes in the middle class neighborhood of Queens Village, a neighborhood near Belmont Park, which hosts the Belmont Stakes, the final leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Television news footage showed flames chewing through the roof of the two-story home and roaring in upstairs rooms of the house as smoke poured from it.

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Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE

The man, identified as Raymond Ralph by the medical examiner’s office, was burned on 80 percent of his body, mostly from the waist down, city fire Chief John Brasile said. He died at 11:25 a.m. Monday and Brasile was notified later in the day, he said.

Medics airlifted the man to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood after he set himself on fire around 7:25 p.m. in a shed on Seventh Avenue. Flames swept through the shed and damaged the siding to a mobile home.

Source: Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE

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Fire sparks at Westmoreland Cleanways recycling center in Unity | TribLIVE

The cause of the fire is unknown. There were no injuries. “Our building looks like it’s fine inside. What would have burned is a bunch of televisions and a bunch of e-scrap,” Westmoreland Cleanways Executive Director Ellen Keefe said as she stood on a nearby hillside and watched smoke pour into the sky.

She said she had no idea how the fire could have started.

Source: Fire sparks at Westmoreland Cleanways recycling center in Unity | TribLIVE

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Dozens of families displaced after fire at Woodstock apartment complex |

About 50 people were displaced Saturday after a Woodstock apartment fire destroyed or damaged 32 units in the far northwest suburb.

At about 3 a.m., firefighters responded to the complex in the 2100-block of Willow Brook Drive to find several people on their balconies to escape.

Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager said it was a miracle that no one was injured.

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Large flames tear through house in Jeannette

Firefighters had to back off the house during the fire fight because it was in danger of collapsing. No injuries were reported.

Mike Blasko said the original brick structure had been in his family for nearly 100 years. His 85-year-old mother, who lived in the home, was in the hospital for an unrelated issue when the fire started. Her granddaughter was able to get out of the home.

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‘Large Fast-Moving’ Brush Fire Breaks Out « CBS Denver

Firefighters have responded to a brush fire that broke out Saturday evening.

“South Metro alone has seen several accidental fires start within the last few days that were within the scope of the burn ban, it was nothing that wasn’t allowed, but it was still things that started fires,” said South Metro Fire Public Information Officer Eric Hurst.

With recent dry conditions, South Metro says it’s important for everyone to remember Colorado is wildfire season is year-round.

‘”If they’re doing things with heat, with sparks, with open flames of any kind, even if its allowed, it’s important for them to have a water source or a fire extinguisher nearby to put that out,” Hurst said.

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Fire destroys apartment building in North Carolina capital – ABC News

Firefighters on Friday extinguished an overnight fire that engulfed an apartment building under construction in North Carolina’s capital city, sending sparks and ash into the dark sky.

About 10 other buildings were damaged by the fire, five of them severely, area news outlets reported. One firefighter was hurt by falling glass, but no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Latest: Wildfires prompt Oklahoma emergency declaration – The Washington Post

March 7 at 10:41 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Latest on wildfires burning across the country’s midsection (all times local):9:20 p.m.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 22 counties due to wildfires.

The order issued Tuesday allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to deliver necessary resources to local jurisdictions and is the first step toward possibly seeking federal assistance.

Fallin’s office said in a news release that up to 465 square miles have burned in Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties in northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The order is in effect for 30 days and can be amended to include additional counties, if necessary.

Source: The Latest: Wildfires prompt Oklahoma emergency declaration – The Washington Post

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Mercedes Recalling 300,000 Cars Due to Fire Hazard | FOX40

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — About 308,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles across the United States will soon be recalled because of a potential fire hazard.The problem has been linked to 35 car fires in the country, the company said Friday. Mercedes said its parent company, Daimler AG, determined that there’s an issue with an engine part that can cause an electrical fire.

Source: Mercedes Recalling 300,000 Cars Due to Fire Hazard | FOX40

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Person in custody after 3 suspicious fires in McKeesport | TribLIVE

MCKEESPORT — Police say they’ve taken a person into custody after three suspicious fires in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport.

The first fire was reported at a home on Beaver Street about 10:30 p.m. Monday. About midnight, another fire was reported on Sixth Street, then another a short time later early Tuesday on Market Street.

Source: Person in custody after 3 suspicious fires in McKeesport | TribLIVE

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Warhol Bridge shut down after fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Charred remains of fire beneath Andy Warhol Bridge on the North Shore.

A fire Friday evening has forced the closure of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge until further notice, according to Amie M. Downs, county director of communications.

The fire occurred under the bridge at a homeless camp. As a result, the span, which crosses the Allegheny River at Seventh Street, will require inspection to determine the type and extent of the damage.

Ms. Downs said late Friday that the bridge will remain closed through at least midday Saturday to allow for a hands on-inspection of its affected areas.


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(fox news) – 4 firefighters suffer burns in fast-moving California fire

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. – Hundreds of people rushed to escape a massive wildfire charging across the tinder-dry Sierra Nevada foothills and another fast-moving blaze that broke out in Northern California Saturday, sending four firefighters to the hospital with burn injuries.

The firefighters, all members of a helicopter crew, got burned while battling the fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, that grew to about 15 square miles (or 10,000 acres) in just a few hours, said Daniel Berlant, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman.

The firefighters were rushed to a hospital burn unit for treatment; their conditions have not been released.

The fire forced the evacuation of two towns as well as residents along a 35-mile stretch of State Route 29.

To the east, a blood-red sun pushed through a choking fog of smoke and ash that turned the grassy, tree-studded Sierra Nevada foothills about 70 miles southeast of Sacramento an eerie white. Away from the burned-out cars and smoldering remains of homes, Annette Stout and other residents who fled the flames rested at evacuation centers.

Stout was ordered from her house Friday afternoon, and for the first time since her husband’s death in March, she drove their recreational vehicle to safety in Angels Camp, a quaint town made famous by Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Tale of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

“I grabbed my cats, their carriers, important papers, my husband death’s certificate and his ashes,” said Stout, who lives in the community of Hathaway Pines.

Despite the outpouring of help at the center set up at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, she didn’t sleep well.

“We knew we were safe here, but (I was) worrying about the house, worrying about those who didn’t leave,” she said.

The blaze that ignited Wednesday exploded to more than 101 square miles in two days amid triple-digit temperatures and land parched from several years of drought. Crews increased containment to 15 percent despite a thick layer of smoke that kept air tankers and helicopters from flying Saturday.

But by noon the fire picked up again, fire officials said.

“It’s very, very intense fire behavior, I mean it’s record fire activity,” said Julie Rider, a spokeswoman with the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department.

The fire has destroyed at least 15 buildings and threatened some 6,400 more.

At the fairgrounds, Joe Thomas rested on a folded tent near his pickup truck, one of dozens of parked cars and RVs. He described what he could save from the flames — and what he couldn’t.

“I lost my business — it’s all burned up — my shop, my house, 28 years of living,” said Thomas, who lives near the community of Mountain Ranch. “I got to start all over. It’s depressing.”

Thomas, who runs a tractor dealership and repair business, said he and his wife grabbed papers, his work computer, photos and their four dogs. But they left a goat, five ducks, six rabbits and more than 30 chickens behind.

“I turned the pens open and turned them lose. I just couldn’t gather them up,” he said. “All we want to do is go home. It’s miserable.”

Michelle Griffiths checked on livestock after spending much of the night rescuing her neighbors’ four horses and seven cats in the community of Mountain Ranch.

“People were running for their lives two nights ago,” which is when her neighbors left their house and livestock for a motel, Griffiths said.

“Fortunately, our house is still standing” and so is the neighbors’, she said.

Heat and low humidity created problems taming the flames overnight, and triple-digit temperatures were again expected to hinder the fight, said Mike Mohler, a Cal Fire spokesman.

“Since this fire started, we’ve have seen fire activity in the middle of the night that we (normally) see in the middle of the day,” he said.

Cooler weather was forecast for later Saturday, but people in nearby San Andreas, a gold-rush town of 2,700, have been told they may have to evacuate.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, helping free up funding and resources in the firefight. There are 3,000 firefighters assigned to the blaze, and more expected to arrive throughout the day. Its cause is under investigation.

Meanwhile, another California wildfire threatened to sweep through an ancient grove of Giant Sequoia trees. The lightning-caused fire has charred 172 square miles and grew by nearly 40 square miles in the last week.

In a fight to save the trees, firefighters have been clearing lines with bulldozers around the Grant Grove and putting up sprinklers. Firefighters continued to fortify containment lines Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The grove is named for the towering General Grant tree that stands 268 feet tall. There are dozens of Sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevada, and some trees are 3,000 years old.

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(USA Today) – British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas; put out with two minor injuries

Firefighters enter a plane that caught fire at McCarran International Airport Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

Fire broke out Tuesday on a British Airways flight at the Las Vegas airport, but it was put out with only a couple of minor injuries, according to McCarran International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying the plane’s left engine caught fire and the crew aborted its takeoff. Passengers exited using the emergency slides and were awaiting buses back to the terminal.

Flight 2276 – a Boeing 777-200 with 275 seats – was scheduled to take off about 4 p.m. Pacific time, bound for London’s Gatwick Airport when the incident happened, according to the airport’s Twitter feed.

The fire was put out by 4:22 p.m., according to the airport. By that point, all passengers were off the plane and awaiting buses to the terminal, the airport said.

Witness Paul Berberian, who shot a video of the plane, told CNN, “The whole thing kind of played out in the course of just a few minutes.”

The plane was carrying 159 passengers and 13 crew members, and two were transported for minor injuries, the airport said.


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