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AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

Fire Took 7 of Their Kids. Now a Family Grows Again

They're expecting their 5th child since the tragedy next month

(Newser) - The loss was so enormous, the tragedy so unthinkable, it made national news five years ago in March 2011. A family of 10—eight children and their parents—were reduced to three in one cruel night in rural Pennsylvania when a fire of still unknown origins swept through their 100-year-old... More »

4 Young Children Killed in House Fire

A neighbor rushed into the flames to try to save them

(Newser) - Four children died in a house fire Thursday morning in Pensacola, Florida, despite the best efforts of firefighters and one brave neighbor, the Pensacola News Journal reports. The fire was reported around 5:30am local time. Neighbor Marlow Stripling rushed into the house to rescue the children—who ranged in... More »

91-Year-Old Shot, Set on Fire in Detroit

Suspect turned himself in on Tuesday

(Newser) - A man has surrendered to police and been charged after a "heinous" murder in Detroit, though police aren't giving up details on the suspect's identity or motive, reports the Detroit Free Press . Authorities say 91-year-old Paul Monchnik was beaten, shot in the head, doused in gasoline, and... More »

Dog Helps Save Family From House Fire

Everyone, including 4 dogs, got out safely

(Newser) - A Spanish Springs, Nevada, family has been forced out of their home after a house fire, but authorities say no one was hurt thanks in part to a family pet. Officials for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District say one of the family's dogs alerted them to the fire... More »

Boy, 3, Dies After Following Dad Back Into Burning Home

Layden Thomas was found dead under a bed after his initial rescue

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is dead after he was saved from a burning home, then apparently followed his father back inside. Police say a storm had killed power to the home in Sharon, Pa., on Monday night, so the resident family of five, including three children under 5, lit a candle... More »

Cops: Guy Tried to Burn House With Bowling Ball Bomb

Which is one way to foil bank from selling it

(Newser) - As the Sun-Sentinel puts it, "it's hard to stand out when it comes to crime in South Florida," but that's exactly what one 21-year-old Loxahatchee resident has allegedly done. Per the AP , Tyler Butler was arrested on charges of arson and using an explosive device after... More »

Police Seek News of Blue Porsche After Bodies Found

Authorities say site of house fire in DC is 'major crime scene'

(Newser) - Firefighters who responded yesterday afternoon to a blaze that authorities are calling "very suspicious" found four bodies inside the Washington, DC, home—and they're now seeking news of a blue Porsche that could be tied to the case. The fire was called in around 1:30pm; a neighbor... More »

Hours Before Girl Was to Testify, She Dies in Fire

Alleged rapist's trial delayed by Youngstown blaze

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Ohio girl and her grandparents died in a house fire just hours before she was supposed to testify against her alleged rapist, and prosecutors are having a hard time believing it could just be a tragic coincidence. Robert Seman Jr., 46, was to go on trial Monday on... More »

Dad: Cops Tased Me as I Tried to Save Son in Fire

Parents sue after boy, 3, died as dad was put in holding cell

(Newser) - As his Missouri home burned, Ryan Miller tried desperately to go back inside and rescue his 3-year-old stepson, Riley Rieser. But police Tasered Miller repeatedly, preventing him from returning inside, and Riley died, according to a lawsuit Ryan and Catherine Miller have now filed over the 2013 incident. Police officers... More »

Contractor Pays $5M Over Xmas Fire That Killed 5

He settles lawsuit with father of 3 girls

(Newser) - A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas Day 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful-death lawsuit by paying the children's father $5 million. Court records show that contractor Michael Borcina and his... More »

Grandma, 3 Visiting Grandkids Die in Fire

Holiday blaze 'just tragic,' sheriff says

(Newser) - The bodies of a grandmother and the three grandchildren who were visiting her for Christmas were pulled today from the burned-out remains of her Ohio home. "To lose three children and a grandparent, it's devastating to the family," Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth tells the AP , calling... More »

La. Dad Rushes Into Fire to Save Young Son

Johnathon Robertson Jr. survived, but his heroic father didn't

(Newser) - As Johnathon Robertson's home in Grand Prairie, La., went up in flames Friday night, the 42-year-old Navy veteran shunned his survival instincts and heeded his paternal ones, rushing through the fire to save his young son, Johnathon Jr., KATC reports. "He made the choice that his child's... More »

Elderly 'Hoarder' Dies in Blaze in Messy Home

Firefighters had trouble getting through entrance of Calif. woman's house

(Newser) - It was so cluttered in a home that caught fire last night in Carlsbad, Calif., that firefighters couldn't even get inside at first—and once they did, it was too late to save the elderly woman who lived there, NBC 7 reports. The unidentified woman, said to be in... More »

Five of Couple's 6 Kids Perish in Texas House Fire

Firefighters think blaze may have started in kitchen of Edna trailer home

(Newser) - A tight Texas community grieved last night during a vigil for five children who perished in a house fire yesterday morning. Officials confirmed to ABC-13 that they found a trailer home blazing around 5am in Edna, located about 90 minutes outside of Houston, with a 32-year-old mother and 30-year-old father... More »

Fire Tears Through NJ Home, Kills 6

Destroys 2 homes, but everyone in 2nd home escapes

(Newser) - Authorities say six people have been killed in a fast-moving fire that roared through a single-family home in New Jersey's largest city. The Essex County prosecutor's office says the blaze broke out at around 4am today in Newark. The fire soon spread to another residence, and both homes... More »

4-Year-Old Brother, Sister Killed After Playing With Fire

Authorities say half-siblings accidentally set basement blaze

(Newser) - A basement blaze that killed 4-year-old half-siblings was accidentally set by children playing with fire, authorities said yesterday. The twin of one of the children survived the blaze that was reported to authorities just before midnight Saturday in a two-story brick home in the Far Rockaway section of Queens. Authorities... More »

Teens Cut Class—and End Up Saving Woman, 94

High school seniors pull her from burning home

(Newser) - Ditching school is usually a bad thing—but in California on Monday, skipping class enabled three teens to become heroes. Garen Kissoyan, Peter Kravariotis, and Kirill Yantikov, all 17-year-old seniors at San Ramon's California High School, were driving down the street on their way to McDonald's when they... More »

Man Escapes Fire, Dies After Going Back for Phone

It was 'terrible miscalculation,' firefighters say

(Newser) - A Texas man who escaped a burning building with his life but not his phone made the fatal mistake of going back for it, firefighters say. Rex Benson, 72, his adult daughter, and another man made it out of their Plano home when the fire started around 1am yesterday, but... More »

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