The 118-year-old retail chain has not said which stores will close. The company filed for bankruptcy last week.
The company’s bankruptcy comes days after J.C. Penney gave its top executives millions of dollars in bonus pay. Soltau received $4.5 million, while chief financial officer Bill Wafford, chief merchant officer Michelle Wlazlo and chief human resources officer Brynn Evanson each got $1 million.
“There was a significant explosion that caused a mayday report,” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said in a briefing carried live on Twitter. “This was upgraded to a major emergency category.”
Several firefighters suffered injuries while trying to bring the raging flames under control.
“Tragically, we have 11 firefighters with burn injuries,” Scott said. Their exact conditions were not known.
The fire was initially reported at 327 East Boyd St. just before 6:30 p.m. It started in a single-story commercial building, and quickly spread to other nearby structures.
ETNA — Multiple homes were damaged by a large fire in Etna Saturday afternoon.
Channel 11 crews confirmed the blaze spread to three homes on Wilson Street before crews were able to contain the flames. According to TribLIVE, four firefighters were injured while battling the fire.
FLEETVILLE, Pa. — Authorities are investigating a fisherman’s discovery of a truck at the bottom of a northeastern Pennsylvania lake.
WNEP-TV reports that someone on a fishing boat noticed what appeared to be a vehicle on the bottom of the Benton Township lake in Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County.
The fisherman contacted authorities who confirmed the presence of some sort of truck at the bottom of the lake. Officials decided it was too difficult to remove the vehicle or send divers to investigate at night. The investigation was to continue Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fire crews battled a four-alarm fire in the Strip District that destroyed a building.
Wednesday’s fire was in the 1700 block of Penn Avenue in the building above the Yinzers In The Burgh store.
Pittsburghers will remember this building as the long-time home of Mike Feinberg Company, a party supply store.
Yinzers purchased it a couple of years ago and is considered a must-stop in the Strip District.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Daryl Jones said the blaze started on the third floor of the red-brick building and jumped next door.
Seventy firefighters were on the scene with multiple ladder trucks, attacking the fire and roof.
There is heavy damage to Yinzers and the fire chief said the blaze was under control at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Jimmy Coen, the owner of Yinzers, says he raced to the building when he got the call and his heart broke seeing the fire.
The owners of other Penn Avenue stores consoled him when he arrived. Coen said that merchandise stored in the building’s basement was saved thanks to the firefighters’ work.
According to the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, workers inside the Affival Inc. facility were dealing with a combination of titanium and calcium powder, two hazardous chemicals, officials said.
A machine with both of these chemicals inside caught on fire and exploded, according to fire officials.
The three workers who were transported to the hospital were treated for non-life threatening inhalation related injuries.
An active search for two members of the Kennedy family who went missing Thursday during a boating trip on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday, according to reports.
Family member Kathleen Kennedy Townsend says the search for her 40-year-old daughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and the daughter’s 8-year-old son Gideon McKean “has turned from rescue to recovery,” according to a statement.
Both McKean and her son were seen struggling to return to shore during a canoe trip near Herring Bay, Washington, D.C.’s FOX 5 reported.
The mother and son had gotten into the canoe to chase a ball that had gone into the water during a family gathering, McKean’s husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post.