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Cave Find Suggests When Humans Figured Out Fire

Researchers in Israel say it happened about 350K years ago

(Newser) - As early human milestones go, it's as big as they get: the "invention" of fire. Or more precisely, the mastering of fire. Now archaeologists studying an ancient cave in Israel say they've figured out when humans managed the feat: about 350,000 years ago, reports Science . Researchers... More »

Massive LA Fire Treated as Arson

Building under construction was controversial for pedestrian bridge

(Newser) - A huge blaze that destroyed an apartment tower under construction in downtown Los Angeles overnight is being investigated as possible arson, the LA Times reports. Such big fires are always treated as criminal acts, a fire captain says, but "it's very rare for the entire building to be... More »

Maine Hit by Deadliest Fire in 30 Years

5 killed in blaze

(Newser) - Fire swept through a two-apartment building near the University of Southern Maine's commuter campus in Portland this morning, killing five people and critically injuring one, authorities say. The fire, which gutted the two-story structure, was reported at 7:17 am following a Halloween party the night before. "We... More »

Plane Fighting Yosemite Fire Crashes, Killing Pilot

Officials don't know yet what caused the air tanker to go down

(Newser) - An air tanker fighting a wildfire at Yosemite National Park mysteriously crashed yesterday, killing the pilot, the Los Angeles Times reports. A spokesman for the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says it's believed the pilot was alone in the plane and that he worked for DynCorp... More »

Fire Breaks Out at Flight 93 Memorial Complex

3 buildings burned, but memorial itself is OK

(Newser) - A fire that broke out this afternoon at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania has seriously damaged three administrative buildings at the site, but not the memorial itself, reports AP . The cause isn't known, and no injuries have been reported. At least seven local fire departments were at... More »

2 Weeks Until Chicago Control Center Reopens: FAA

Officials hope everything's up and running by Oct. 13 after sabotage

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center, where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week. The FAA said yesterday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct.... More »

Michael Brown Memorial Burns, Stirs New Unrest in Ferguson

Vandalism, arrests, possible arson mar uneasy quiet in Mo. town

(Newser) - Tensions in Ferguson may have been muted for the past few weeks, but they haven't dissipated. One of two memorials for Michael Brown near the spot where he was killed went up in flames yesterday—and some residents think the fire was intentionally set, especially given reports of a... More »

Cops: Teen Reads of 'Slender Man,' Tries to Kill Family

Lily Hartwell, 14, charged with attempted murder of mom, brother

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Florida girl admitted to setting her family's house on fire early yesterday after a "Slender Man" website got her riled up, police say. Lily Hartwell allegedly told police she was reading websites about the mythical online character that "made her upset about past bullying and... More »

House Fire Was Dog's Fault: Police

No one else was home; pet gets saved

(Newser) - Too bad they don't teach fire safety in obedience school. A fire in a New Jersey home this weekend appears to have started when a dog turned on the stove, police say, per the Asbury Park Press . But the canine may not be entirely to blame: It seems someone... More »

Woman Sets Husband on Fire ... to Get His Attention

Toddi Bork mad that he sprayed poison on weeds

(Newser) - An Oregon woman accused of setting her husband on fire because of an argument over weed killer is in jail on an attempted murder charge. KPTV reports an officer on patrol Friday evening saw the couple outside their Mount Angel home and initially thought there had been an accident with... More »

Teen Sets Himself on Fire for Online 'Challenge'

Fire challenge involves pouring alcohol on one's chest and lighting it

(Newser) - If pouring rubbing alcohol on your chest and lighting it on fire sounds like a bad idea, you're on the right track. A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky had to learn the hard way, however, after he attempted a stunt called the "fire challenge" that's been popping up... More »

4 Kids Dead in Philadelphia Rowhome Fire

Overnight blaze destroyed 8 rowhomes

(Newser) - A fast-moving rowhouse fire in southwest Philadelphia early today left four children dead and destroyed eight rowhomes, officials said. The unidentified victims were twin 4-year-old girls, a 4-year-old boy, and a month-old boy, reports Philly.com . All were found in the same rowhome where the fire broke out about 2:... More »

Man Bends Car Door in Half to Save Driver

Robert Renning saw car on fire behind him, went into action

(Newser) - A Minnesota man demonstrated superhuman strength at exactly the right time Sunday. Air National Guardsman Robert Renning, 52, was driving along the interstate around New Brighton when he saw flames underneath an SUV about six car-lengths behind him, reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press . He slowed to get driver Michael Johannes'... More »

Bride, Maid of Honor Jump From Burning Building

Days before the wedding, they jumped 3 stories to survive an apartment fire

(Newser) - Just five days before her wedding, a Colorado bride managed to avoid a potential tragedy: She and her maid of honor jumped from a third-story window "into rocks" to escape an apartment fire, WPTV reports. Still, Lenise Ruff decided to go on with her wedding last Saturday in spite... 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 »

Dementia Patient, 81, Held in Hospital Fire That Killed 21

South Korea fire raises concerns about safety regulations

(Newser) - A fire believed set by an 81-year-old dementia patient blazed through a hospital ward for the elderly today and killed 21 people in South Korea, mostly from smoke inhalation, police and fire officials said. The fire on the second floor of the Hyosarang Hospital in Jangseong county also injured seven... More »

Mom Breaks Back in 3-Story Jump to Save Baby

Massachusetts woman jumped from third-floor cradling her son

(Newser) - When a fire broke out in her apartment building Wednesday, Christina Simoes ended up trapped in a bedroom of her third-story residence with her 18-month-old son. At that point, the 23-year-old went to the window and did the only thing she could: "I grabbed my son and I gave... More »

Family of 4 Was Shot; Dad Bought Gas Cans

Florida arson looks like murder-suicide

(Newser) - As expected, it looks like the death of a Florida family of four in an arson is a murder-suicide. Authorities say all four victims found in the Tampa mansion—presumed to be Darrin Campbell; wife Kim; son Colin, 19; and daughter Megan, 16—had been shot, and the gun was... 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 »

Couple Says 'I Do,' Venue Bursts Into Flames

But everybody gets out safely

(Newser) - Authorities say a three-alarm fire broke out at a wedding outside Boston just after the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife. Flames broke through the roof of the historic Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough last night, destroying it. The fire was knocked down hours after it started. Justice of... More »

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