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Grenfell Tower Panels May Clad US Hotel, NFL Stadium

The flammable panels have been implicated in fatal London fire

(Newser) - In promotional brochures, a US company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school, and a luxury hotel in Baltimore. Those same panels—Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core—also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment... More »

Questions, Rumors After Fire That Killed 4 Young Sisters

Investigators believe November fire was intentionally set

(Newser) - What is known: In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a fire killed four young sisters in their Flora, Ind., home. What isn't known: the cause of the fire—or whether it was intentionally set. After the fire that killed Keyana Davis, 11; Keyara Phillips, 9; Kerriele McDonald,... More »

Hundreds Flee Blaze in Hawaii Condo With No Sprinklers

3 Dead and 12 injured in fire ‘like a horror movie’

(Newser) - A raging fire in a Honolulu high-rise that authorities say had no sprinklers left three dead, 12 injured, and sent hundreds fleeing as smoke billowed from the upper floors, the AP reports. The dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15pm and then... More »

She Was Trapped Amid the Grenfell Blaze—and Cyanide

BBC confirms one survivor suffered cyanide poisoning

(Newser) - Luana Gomes spent six days in a medically induced coma after being caught in London's Grenfell Tower fire . And while she survived, smoke inhalation wasn't all the 12-year-old was treated for. The BBC obtained her discharge record, which shows she suffered cyanide poisoning in the blaze—the first... More »

Footage of Hellish Fire in Wyoming Goes Viral

Sulfur mound ignited by motorcycle exhaust

(Newser) - It's not often you hear firefighters describe a blaze as "beautiful," but that's exactly what happened following a fire in Worland, Wyo. In a Facebook post accompanying a video that has since gone viral, the Worland Volunteer Fire Department explains it was called to "an... More »

Big Bang Theory Star's Ranch Goes Up in Flames

Johnny Galecki's San Luis Obispo ranch destroyed by wildfire

(Newser) - A wildfire burning in California has engulfed some 1,600 acres—and a celebrity's home. The so-called Hill Fire raging in San Luis Obispo destroyed a ranch owned by Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki on Monday, reports TMZ . Galecki, who primarily lives at another location, was not present... More »

IKEA Serving Bowl Sets Man's Grapes on Fire

'There was one intense point where [the sun] hit the twigs'

(Newser) - A man found himself in the middle of an unexpected science experiment in Sweden after he set his bowl of grapes in the sun. Richard Walter says he was outside near his Blanda Blank stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA when he noticed his grapes were on fire. "'... More »

Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze

It started in a fridge-freezer, say police

(Newser) - In an emotional phone call, Fadumo Ahmed told her mom she was stuck on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower as the deadly blaze raged. "I can't get out. Goodbye," the 32-year-old said, per the Telegraph . In the days that followed, Ahmed's friends put her photo... More »

Police Release Images From Inside Grenfell Tower

As they announce death toll now stands at 79 in London blaze

(Newser) - London police said Monday that 79 people are now believed to have died in a devastating high-rise apartment building fire . Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the new figure includes both people who were confirmed dead and others who are missing and presumed dead. It's an increase from the previous... More »

In Fire 'Like Horror Movie,' Her Quick Thinking Saved 12

Government the target of criticism after forest fire kills 62 in Portugal

(Newser) - "It was like a horror movie," says a survivor of Portugal's deadliest fire on record , and like in a horror movie, she survived by finding a good hiding spot. The BBC reports Maria do Céu Silva and 11 others made it through the fearsome blaze by... More »

Death Toll in London Tower Fire Has Risen

58 people now confirmed or presumed dead, but number likely to rise further

(Newser) - London police on Saturday raised to 58 the number of deaths either confirmed or presumed following the horrific inferno that turned the city's Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk, the AP reports. Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the blaze... More »

London Fire Was Comparable to a Cremation

And that could thwart efforts to ID the victims

(Newser) - The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy earlier said there is "a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody,... More »

Fireproof Material on London Tower Would Have Cost $6.5K

Death toll stands at 30 but will certainly rise

(Newser) - Police officials days ago said they didn't expect any more survivors to emerge in the London high-rise blaze, and on Friday, things got more grim: There is "a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody," Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy tells the BBC... More »

First Confirmed Victim in London Is a Syrian Refugee

23-year-old student Mohammad al-Haj Ali fled Syria in 2014

(Newser) - The first victim identified in the Grenfell Tower fire in London has a poignant back story: Mohammad al-Haj Ali is a 23-year-old refugee from Syria who fled the war-torn city of Daraa three years ago. According to the Telegraph , the civil engineering student at the University of West London was... More »

London Blaze Called 'Corporate Manslaughter'

Death toll could be in the hundreds, lawmaker warns

(Newser) - Anger in Britain is rising in the aftermath of the Grenfell Towers high-rise blaze. With 12 people confirmed dead, almost 80 hospitalized, and many more still unaccounted for after the devastating fire in the 24-floor apartment block, calls for justice have been left alongside messages for loved ones at a... More »

No More Survivors Expected in London Apartment Blaze

Death toll hits 12

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to 12 in the massive blaze at a high-rise apartment building in London Wednesday, and that number is expected to rise, the BBC reports. "Sadly, I don't anticipate there will be further survivors," said a police official, noting that people are still... More »

Blog Eerily Predicted Deadly London High-Rise Blaze

Residents had long warned about fire safety

(Newser) - Lives were definitely lost in the nightmarish blaze that engulfed a high-rise apartment building in London early Wednesday, authorities say. Six deaths have been confirmed and at least 50 other people are being treated in the hospital after the fire at the 24-story Grenfell Tower in west London. The death... More »

Massive Blaze Engulfs London High-Rise

Residents feared trapped in Grenfell Tower fire

(Newser) - A massive fire engulfed a 24-floor high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday. Police said a number of people were being treated for a range of injuries, but did not provide more specifics. London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that a major incident had been declared, with 40 fire engines... More »

2 Charged in Warehouse Concert Fire That Killed 36

Involuntary manslaughter charges for 'knowingly' creating a 'fire trap'

(Newser) - Two men have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the tragic warehouse fire in Oakland that claimed the lives of 36 during a concert in December. Ghost Ship property manager Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris were arrested Monday and were each charged with 36 counts of... More »

Man Streams Suicide by Fire on Facebook Live

Covered in flames, he ran into the bar where his ex works

(Newser) - While streaming live on Facebook early Saturday, a Memphis musician doused his body in kerosene before fatally setting himself on fire in what police are calling a suicide. NBC News reports that Jared McLemore, 33, began filming outside Murphy’s Bar before lighting himself on fire and running offscreen into... More »

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