Early morning fire destroys Carnegie home, damages another | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two people got out safely after a fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at a home in the 100 block of Railroad Avenue in Carnegie.

 

 

According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news partner KDKA, a mother and her adult son were able to safely get out of the home that caught fire.

A neighbor who lives in one of the nearby houses told KDKA her house had smoke and water damage.

The Red Cross arrived at the scene to assist both families, KDKA said.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

First Published January 19, 2021, 4:42am

Source: Early morning fire destroys Carnegie home, damages another | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indonesia earthquake: strong quake in Sulawesi kills at least 42, injures hundreds – CNN

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)At least 67 people have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, according to the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia.

Jan Gelfand told CNN on Friday that he expects the death toll and number of missing people to increase.
Hundreds have been injured, according to the country’s disaster mitigation agency.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 1:28 am Jakarta time, was six kilometers (3.7 miles) northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
Thirty-four people died in the city of Mamuju, to the north of the epicenter, while another eight died in Majene.
In Majene, at least 637 were injured and 15,000 residents have been displaced, according to the country’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
Thousands of residents fled their homes to seek safety following the quake, which could be felt strongly for five to seven seconds and damaged at least 300 houses in Majene, BNPB said.
Other buildings have also been badly damaged, including a military command office in Majene, and hotels and government buildings in Mamuju.
Many people are still trapped under collapsed buildings, according to local search and rescue teams.

Source: Indonesia earthquake: strong quake in Sulawesi kills at least 42, injures hundreds – CNN

Indonesia earthquake: at least seven dead after tremors and landslides hit Sulawesi | World news | The Guardian

Thousands flee for safety and higher ground after island’s second quake in 24 hours

At least seven people have been killed and hundreds injured following a strong earthquake that shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island overnight, prompting landslides and destroying houses.

Thousands of people fled their homes to seek safety when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit just after 1am local time on Friday morning.

The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres north-east of Majene city at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Initial reports from the country’s disaster mitigation agency said four people had died and 637 others were injured in Majene. Three more fatalities were reported in the neighbouring area of Mamuju, as well as two dozen injured.

Source: Indonesia earthquake: at least seven dead after tremors and landslides hit Sulawesi | World news | The Guardian

Building collapses in East Pittsburgh

A building started to collapse in East Pittsburgh late Thursday evening.

The building is located along Main Street.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to learn if the building was occupied and if anyone was injured.

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Source: Building collapses in East Pittsburgh

Police investigating after device explodes in Lawrenceville; report of another explosion in Hill District

PITTSBURGH — Police are investigating report of explosions in two Pittsburgh neighborhoods on Sunday evening.

The first one happened just after 9 p.m. in Lawrenceville in the 3600 block of Penn Avenue.

Police said there is a surveillance video that shows an incendiary device being thrown out of a white pickup truck before it exploded.

Source: Police investigating after device explodes in Lawrenceville; report of another explosion in Hill District

Petula Clark responds to ‘Downtown’ being used in Christmas bombing: ‘I love Nashville and its people’ | Fox News

In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, Clark, 88, said she is in “shock and disbelief” at the despair seen across the world on Dec. 25.”I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City,” Clark wrote, adding, “I love Nashville and its people.””Why this violent act – leaving behind it such devastation?” Clark pressed.

The singer, who saw her song soar to the top of the Billboard charts in 1965, said that after she was told about “Downtown” being used “in the background of that strange announcement” Clark said she wondered, “Of all the thousands of songs – why this one?”

Petula Clark responded after her 1964 record “Downtown” was used during the “intentional” explosion in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day, which left a number of businesses destroyed and injured three people in its wake on Second Avenue.

Source: Petula Clark responds to ‘Downtown’ being used in Christmas bombing: ‘I love Nashville and its people’ | Fox News

Moderate 5.0 magnitude quake hits Croatia, damages buildings

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A moderate earthquake hit central Croatia near the capital of Zagreb early Monday, triggering panic and damaging some buildings in towns south of the city. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Croatia’s seismologists said the magnitude of the quake that struck around 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) was 5.0, with the epicenter near the towns of Petrinja and Sisak 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital. Several smaller tremors were felt after the initial one.

The mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbovic, told state HRT television that “we have bricks and tiles in the streets and fallen chimneys.”

Source: Moderate 5.0 magnitude quake hits Croatia, damages buildings

West Virginia Air National Guard member killed responding to arson | Fox News

Investigators believe that this fire – and another one about three miles away – were set intentionally within 20 minutes of each other. Both fires were set between 1 and 2 a.m. and neither structure was occupied.

The servicemember’s name is being withheld for 24 hours pending notification of next of kin, the guard said in a press release.

WEST VIRGINIA POLICE GIVE TRAFFIC VIOLATORS GIFT CARDS INSTEAD OF TICKETS

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and state police are investigating the fire, the website WV News reported. No further details were released.

Anyone with information on the matter is being asked to contact the state’s arson hotline at 1-800-233-3473. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Source: West Virginia Air National Guard member killed responding to arson | Fox News

Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner died in explosion, police confirm | Fox News

The suspect behind the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville has been identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, authorities confirmed during a press conference Sunday.

Police said Warner owned the RV that exploded in downtown Nashville early Friday, and that he died during the blast.

NASHVILLE COPS DETAIL LIFE-SAVING MOMENTS BEFORE EXPLOSION: ‘CHRISTMAS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME FOR US’ 

Human tissue was found amongst the debris left behind by the explosion, and investigators linked it to Warner.

Source: Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner died in explosion, police confirm | Fox News

Nashville bombing suspect may have been killed in blast, sources say – CBS News

Law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect in the Nashville explosion on Christmas Day may have been killed in the blast. DNA tests are being conducted on the human remains found at the scene.

Warner, a Nashville area resident, had a similar make and model RV as the one in photos released to the public. Warner was described as a 63-year-old White man.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Doug Korneski said Saturday there is no indication of additional explosive threats. He said officials had received about 500 tips and are “not working on any assumptions.

“Police responded to a call of shots fired early Friday near the AT&T building in downtown Nashville. Instead, they found an RV with clothes and blinds covering the windows. Shortly afterward, the warning of an imminent bomb started blaring and an explosion rocked the area at about 6:30 a.m.

Shell casings have been found at the scene, but the ammunition related to them is believed to have been set off by the large explosion. The scene is very large, and authorities said they are beginning at the “outermost” perimeter of the blast and working their way in.

There is video of the RV in downtown Nashville. Investigators have a Google Maps photo of the address of the person of interest that shows a similar looking camper in the yard. Google Maps says the picture was taken in May 2019.

Source: Nashville bombing suspect may have been killed in blast, sources say – CBS News

At least 10 climbers killed in avalanches in Iran’s Alborz mountains | Iran | The Guardian

Several more mountaineers are unaccounted for and seven crew on a capsized ship are missing after wild weather across the region

At least 10 climbers have died and several more are missing after a blizzard triggered avalanches in mountains north of Iran’s capital, Tehran, state media reported on Saturday.

Several climbers have remained unaccounted for since Friday, when two deaths were reported, while the number reported as missing has increased as concerned families contact authorities, state television said.

Nine people died on the mountain and one died in hospital after being rescued, Mehdi Valipour, head of emergency operations at Iran’s Red Crescent, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

Source: At least 10 climbers killed in avalanches in Iran’s Alborz mountains | Iran | The Guardian

FBI investigates whether Nashville bomber tried to target cops in the blast | Daily Mail Online

The huge explosion – which injured three people and caused massive damage to the city’s downtown area – emanated from a white RV parked on Second Avenue at 6.40 am Friday.

Police have ‘person of interest’ in Nashville bombing: Hunt for suspect narrows as FBI investigates whether spooky recorded warning was used to lure COPS to RV and videos show people running for cover inside stores

  • Explosion occurred on 2nd Avenue in Nashville’s downtown at 6.40am on Christmas morning 
  • The blast injured three people and caused massive damage  
  • Cops had been called to the area a short time before the explosion amid reports of a shooting
  • However, when they arrived at the scene they discovered a parked RV playing a recording which claimed the vehicle would explode 
  • The FBI is now investigating whether the bomb may have been designed to deliberately target police officers as they were lured into the area 
  • Meanwhile, possible human remains have been discovered near the site of the explosion
  • Dramatic new videos have also been shared; one  shows buildings shaking during the impact of the blast while another shows a man run for cover

Source: FBI investigates whether Nashville bomber tried to target cops in the blast | Daily Mail Online

2 kids die, 2 injured in Detroit fire; mom jumps from window | WFLA

DETROIT (AP) — Fire department officials say a Christmas morning fire killed a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old at a home on Detroit’s east side and forced their mother to jump from a second-floor window to escape holding her 3-year-old in her arms.

Two other children who survived, an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, were badly burned.

A deputy fire commissioner, David Fornell, called the fire “a Christmas tragedy.” Fornell said the mother and the 3-year-old were not seriously injured. He said later Friday that the 8-year-old and 10-year-old appeared to have escaped from the first floor.

Earlier reports cited officials as saying they may also have jumped from the upper floor.

Fornell also confirmed the woman was the mother of all five children.

Source: 2 kids die, 2 injured in Detroit fire; mom jumps from window | WFLA

At least five family members found dead in Arkansas home: cops

At least five people — all believed to be family members — were found dead in their Arkansas home in what appeared to be a Christmas Day massacre, authorities said.

Deputies responded to a home in Atkins on a call of a possible homicide after 5 p.m., according to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office.

“Tragedy has struck Pope County on this Christmas Day,” a sheriff’s office spokesman said a press conference Friday. “Upon arrival, we did notice that there was potentially five victims within this residence. We believe them to be all family members at this time.”

Source: At least five family members found dead in Arkansas home: cops

A timeline of the Nashville RV explosion on Christmas morning – CNN

The explosion that rattled a historic Nashville street in the predawn hours of Christmas Day came after an RV repeatedly warned of an imminent explosion.

A boxy white RV arrived at 2nd Avenue North in downtown Nashville at 1:22 a.m. CT on Friday, police said.
Several hours later, Betsy Williams said she was woken up by what sounded like rapid gunfire.
“It sounded like an automatic weapon,” she said, saying it was “disconcerting.”
About 5-10 minutes later, she heard the sound again, so she called 911. Minutes later, she heard the gunfire a third time, so she called 911 again.
Buck McCoy said he, too, was woken up by what he thought were gunshots. He got up and looked out the window, he said, but went back to bed when he didn’t see anything.
Police said they were called to the location after a report of shots fired around 5:30 a.m.
Police responding to the scene found a white RV parked in front of an AT&T transmission building at 166 2nd Avenue North, a historic street in downtown Nashville.
The RV was repeatedly broadcasting a message warning of an explosion set to occur in 15 minutes, police said.
“Evacuate now,” the computerized, female voice coming from the vehicle said, according to Williams.
“This vehicle will explode in 15 minutes,” the voice said, according to Williams. After repeating that message for a minute, the voice then said the vehicle will explode in 14 minutes. The countdown was on.
“When the time started, that’s when we went, ‘oh sh*t,'” she said. “We need to get out of here.”
Six uniformed police officers heard the message and immediately began knocking on doors and evacuating residents.
Williams, still in her pajamas, and her family grabbed their cat and made their way to their car to leave the immediate area. She said she saw police cordon off 2nd Avenue to prevent anyone from going down it.
David Malloy was out walking his dog, a black German shepherd named DJ, when he noticed police cars on every corner.
Then he heard a voice that he thought was coming from a police car telling people to “evacuate” and “please stand back.”
As the countdown grew closer to its end, the message emanating from the RV changed, according to surveillance video taken from a building across the street.
“If you can hear this message, evacuate now,” the voice said at about 6:30 a.m. “If you can hear this message, evacuate now.”
Then a bang and a blinding flash.
Malloy, with his dog, said he asked an officer whether they were supposed to evacuate when he saw the explosion.
“It was just this huge fireball explosion,” he said. “I didn’t know what to make of it.”
Williams and her family saw the explosive fireball as they were driving down 2nd Avenue, she said.
“Everything just, I mean, everything shook. It was quite the blast,” she said.
When Buck McCoy looked outside, he saw trees down everywhere and broken glass littering the street.
“Everything on the street was fire,” he said. “There were three cars that were fully engulfed.”

Source: A timeline of the Nashville RV explosion on Christmas morning – CNN

Nashville explosion that damaged dozens of downtown buildings is believed to be an intentional act – CNN

(CNN)A Christmas morning explosion that rocked downtown Nashville, injuring at least three people and damaging dozens of buildings, is believed to be an intentional act, authorities said.

According to police, officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department were responding to a call of shots fired around 5:30 a.m. CT Friday when they came upon an RV parked in front of an AT&T transmission building at 166 2nd Avenue North.
The RV was playing a recorded message that indicated a bomb would explode in 15 minutes, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a news conference Friday.
Officers saw no immediate evidence of shots fired but they requested the department’s hazardous devices unit and started to evacuate neighborhood residents, police said.
The bomb squad was responding when the RV exploded at 6:30 a.m. CT, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Source: Nashville explosion that damaged dozens of downtown buildings is believed to be an intentional act – CNN

Massive Snowstorm Hits Japan, Trapping More Than 1,000 Cars On A Highway : NPR

It started with a large vehicle that got stuck in the deepening snow. That minor incident grew into a monster snow-covered traffic jam as more than 1,000 cars became stranded on a highway that runs between Tokyo and the city of Niigata along the Sea of Japan coast.

The snarl began Wednesday night, local news sources reported.

“The snow was extremely heavy,” one driver told the public broadcaster NHK. “As time went by, the cars got buried. I was really scared. I’ve eaten all of my food and drinks. Now, to drink water, I have to melt snow I collect in a plastic bottle.”

Heavy snowfall in recent days, especially in the Niigata and Gunma prefectures, blanketed some areas with more than 6 feet of snow. NHK reported that these prefectures have seen seven times more snow than they typically do at this point at this time of year.プレス.png

“I hardly slept, and I was worried because I had absolutely no information (about the situation),” a 48-year-old man, who had been driving to his home near Tokyo, told Kyodo News.

For a time, traffic was stopped in both directions. Lanes bound for Niigata were cleared by Friday morning, while about 260 vehicles on the Tokyo-bound lanes were still stuck as of 7 p.m. local time Friday, Kyodo reported.

The East Nippon Expressway Co. said it could be Saturday before all the cars are cleared.

Source: Massive Snowstorm Hits Japan, Trapping More Than 1,000 Cars On A Highway : NPR