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2 Fires Blamed on Spontaneously Combusting Tortilla Chips

Only in Texas

(Newser) - Normally, tortilla chips need a healthy topping of spicy salsa to be described as fiery. Not, as it turns out, in Austin, Texas. In a Wednesday Facebook post, fire officials described arriving at July 12 factory fire caused by the "spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips. Yes, you read that... More »

Burning Bird Torches 17 Acres of Land

It takes 50 firefighters to battle the blaze

(Newser) - Police say a burning bird falling from an overhead electric line set fire to a field in northern Germany that was parched by dry weather, torching some 17 acres of land, the AP reports. Police in the Baltic Sea port city of Rostock say witnesses reported that the bird caused... More »

Danish Man Arrested as Colorado Wildfire Destroys 100 Homes

Authorities say he was in the country illegally

(Newser) - More than 100 homes have been destroyed by a Colorado wildfire that investigators say was started by an illegal campfire. San Luis Valley Emergency tweeted Monday night that 104 homes have been destroyed so far by the wildfire east of Fort Garland. The blaze has burned 89 square miles and... More »

'Rocket Scientist' Hoarder Killed in NYC Fire

82-year-old teacher was beloved by former students

(Newser) - A "tremendous amount of clutter" prevented firefighters from reaching an 82-year-old who died in a house fire Monday in New York City. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the two-story home in Jamaica, Queens, around 6:30pm but encountered items "piled three to four feet high and throughout,... More »

A Millionaire, Secret Tunnels, and a Fiery Death in Maryland

Daniel Beckwitt arrested over the death of Askia Khafra

(Newser) - During a hearing on Thursday, Daniel Beckwitt gave an affirmative nod when his defense attorney described him as an "unusual individual." Indeed, lawyer Robert Bonsib describes the 27-year-old Maryland man as a millionaire thanks to stock trades who was in the process of building a bunker below his... More »

Massachusetts Woman Dies After Falling in Fire Pit

Investigators say she was unable to climb out

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman died from severe burns after falling into a fire pit outside her home, authorities say. Jacqueline Cardinal, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night accident in Worcester, MassLive.com reports. Michelle Gay, one of her two daughters, says her mother was outside the... More »

Screams, Then Leaps From a Fire-Engulfed Balcony

10 to 15 girls suffer minor injuries at NJ dance studio

(Newser) - A terrifying video shows several girls jumping for their lives from a balcony at a New Jersey dance studio Monday as flames rage only inches away. A business owner and a police officer helped some of the girls down ladders before they fell during the fire that broke out around... More »

1 Dead in Blaze at Trump Tower

(Newser) - A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president's namesake skyscraper. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday's blaze is not yet known but... More »

Beloved Vermont Farm Burns, Leaving Every Animal Dead

The 19th century dairy farm in Waterbury was beloved by generations of area families

(Newser) - A beloved Vermont dairy farm burned to the ground Sunday night, killing nearly two dozen cows and their calves. The Wallace farm in Waterbury was run by 71-year-old Rosina Wallace. Per USA Today , Wallace was a fourth generation dairy farmer at the property, which was purchased by her great-grandparents in... More »

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two... More »

'We Are Burning. This Is Perhaps Farewell'

More details are coming out on horrific Siberia mall fire

(Newser) - The public-address system had been turned off and exits illegally blocked during the horrific fire at a Russian mall that left at least 64 people dead, many of them children, investigators say. Authorities looking into the fire in the Siberian city of Kemerovo say a security guard turned off the... More »

Death Toll Hits 64 in Horrific Mall Blaze

Survivors of Siberia tragedy say there were no alarms

(Newser) - At least 64 people, many of them children, died when a massive blaze swept through a multi-story mall in Siberia Sunday, authorities say. The mall was packed with children and their parents at the time of the horrific fire in Kemerovo, a city of around 500,000 people more than... More »

Americans' Pasta Gaffe Does Not Please Italy

American exchange students start fire by cooking it without water

(Newser) - A trio of American exchange students made the unlikely mistake of trying to cook a pot full of pasta without actually adding any water. In fact, the mistake was so bad that the resulting flames forced the three panicked 20-year-olds to call the fire department, reports UPI . The reason this... More »

An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media

(Newser) - A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of... More »

How Not to Get Rid of Skunks in the House

Guy uses a smoke bomb, burns the place down

(Newser) - Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man's attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through... More »

3 Billboards Driven Through London Demand Justice

'71 dead. And still no arrests? How come?'

(Newser) - Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Oscar-nominated film to press for more action by police. Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign, the AP reports. The group was set up after... More »

S. Korea Hit by Deadliest Fire in More Than a Decade

At least 41 dead in hospital blaze

(Newser) - Less than two weeks before the Winter Olympics open, South Korea has suffered its deadliest fire in more than a decade. At least 41 people were killed and scores more injured, some of them critically, in a blaze at the Sejong Hospital in the city of Miryang, about 170 miles... More »

Secret Service Spotted Fire Atop Trump Tower

2 were injured by the rooftop blaze

(Newser) - New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower's heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7am Monday at the building that contains President Trump's home... More »

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