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.

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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.

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Dozens of families displaced after fire at Woodstock apartment complex | abc7chicago.com

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

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.

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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.

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