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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 »

Dying Words of Teen Trapped by Fire Played in Court

'I never thought I'd die this way'

(Newser) - In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips called his friend's cellphone, cursing in panic. He was trapped by flames that had gotten out of control during what had been a summer afternoon of mischief inside a vacant New York building. "I'm really stuck, dude,... More »

Man's 'Poor Judgment' Outside Fire Leads to Arrest

He allegedly really wanted to save his beer

(Newser) - A South Dakota man was arrested outside a Sioux Falls house fire on Sunday, but the arrest had nothing to do with the blaze. Rather, police say the man tried to push past police and fire personnel in an attempt to reenter the home and "save" his beer. The... More »

Fire Damages Bellagio on Vegas Strip

No injuries were reported

(Newser) - A fire official says a Thursday night blaze damaged decorative facing on the roof of the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip, the AP reports. Assistant Clark County Fire Chief Larry Haydu said Friday that no one was injured in the fire about 11pm Thursday. He says damage was... More »

Teen Saves Sister's Life in Horrific Tennessee Fire

Parents, 3 siblings died in blaze

(Newser) - A young teenager saved her little sister's life in an overnight house fire that killed their parents and three siblings, a Tennessee sheriff said Friday. The fire was reported before midnight Thursday in Buchanan, along the Kentucky state line about 100 miles northwest of Nashville. At a news conference,... More »

Atlanta Wakes to Traffic Nightmare After I-85 Collapse

Heavily traveled interstate closed for foreseeable future after fire

(Newser) - "This is about as serious a transportation crisis as we can imagine," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Thursday night after a massive fire caused an elevated section of Interstate 85 to collapse. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sees a "traffic mess" for Friday and the foreseeable future, with alternate... More »

Lawyer's Pants Catch Fire During Arson Trial

Florida attorney argued that client's car spontaneously combusted

(Newser) - Jurors trying to assess the truthfulness of defense lawyer Stephen Gutierrez's closing arguments in an arson trial Wednesday may have been dismayed to notice that his pants were literally on fire. Witnesses say the lawyer had to flee the Miami courtroom with smoke billowing from his pocket, the Miami ... More »

Fire Sweeps Through Crowded Children's Shelter, Killing 22

Guatemalan officials say youths were rioting

(Newser) - A fire swept through the female section of a crowded children's shelter near Guatemala City early Wednesday and officials said at least 22 girls died and dozens more were injured. Photos from inside the shelter showed blue sheets covering sneaker-clad bodies and bits of foam mattresses in what appeared... More »

Fire, Prayer Mark End of Pipeline Protesters' Camp

Dakota Access activists say blaze is part of the ceremony of leaving

(Newser) - The last people remaining at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures on Wednesday, hours ahead of a deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the camp. Protesters said burning the structures—which appeared to include a yurt... More »

Samsung Battery Supplier Hit by ... Yes, Fire

Facility in China reportedly burned because of waste, which included batteries

(Newser) - Samsung recently offered an explainer on why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have been exploding (it was reportedly the batteries). Now the company is going to have to get into a cruel coincidence at one of its supplier's factories. Per Bloomberg , Samsung SDI Co., one of two manufacturers that... More »

Man Charged in Burning His Home Busted by Pacemaker

Ross Compton's story 'highly improbable' due to his medical conditions: cardiologist

(Newser) - A man charged with arson based partly on data collected from his pacemaker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to setting his Ohio home on fire and insurance fraud charges, the AP reports. Authorities have said gasoline was found on Ross Compton's clothing and that the fire started in multiple places,... More »

Fire Destroyed a Mosque. 20K People Chip in to Rebuild

$970K raised on GoFundMe for Texas' Islamic Center of Victoria

(Newser) - An online fund established to raise money to rebuild a South Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend has far exceeded its $850,000 goal. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Islamic Center of Victoria indicated Tuesday that about $970,000 has been raised in just... More »

50 Years Ago Today, 4 Awful Words: 'Fire in the Cockpit!'

3 NASA astronauts perished during testing for an Apollo 1 moon mission

(Newser) - "We have a fire in the cockpit!" were words no one expected during a routine test for what was to be a momentous space mission. But that was what horrified NASA personnel heard on Jan. 27, 1967, as three astronauts prepping for a flight to the moon... More »

Burning High-Rise Falls, Kills 30 Firefighters

More deaths are possible in Tehran, Iran

(Newser) - A 17-story building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported, per the AP . Iran's state-run Press TV announced the firefighters' deaths, without giving a source for the information. Local Iranian state television said 30... More »

Kids Try to Roast Marshmallows, End Up Hospitalized

They used rubbing alcohol to create a flame

(Newser) - A North Carolina brother and sister, 8 and 12, wanted to roast marshmallows over the weekend but instead ended up in the hospital with severe burns. The children, along with one other sibling, tried to use a lighter, pan, and rubbing alcohol to heat the marshmallows when things went very... More »

23 Dead So Far After Fiery Ferry Horror Off Indonesia

At least 17 are still missing, nearly 2 dozen injured after New Year's Day disaster

(Newser) - At least 23 people were killed and 17 others were missing after a ferry caught fire Sunday off the coast of Indonesia's capital, officials said. The vessel was carrying more than 230 people from Jakarta's port of Muara Angke to Tidung, a resort island in the Kepulauan Seribu... More »

Glitch in Christmas Tree Lights Sets Fire That Kills Couple

Elderly couple's home filled with smoke

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah couple has died after malfunctioning Christmas tree lights sparked a fire at their house, the AP reports. South Davis Metro Fire spokesperson Jeff Bassett says the fire ignited Thursday night in a front room of the home about 10 miles north of Salt Lake City. Bassett... More »

Oakland Warehouse Went 30 Years Without Inspection

But witnesses say fire officials, police had been inside

(Newser) - Officials say they couldn't have designed " an equally flammable place " as the Oakland warehouse where 36 people died in California's deadliest structure blaze in more than a century—but Oakland's planning director says inspectors had no idea. Darin Ranelletti says inspectors hadn't stepped foot... More »

Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Setting Fires So He'd Get Paid

The part-time firefighter only got paid for hours spent fighting fires

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Cherokee man in North Carolina pleaded guilty Monday to setting seven fires in order to get paid for putting them out, the Charlotte Observer reports. Part-time firefighters hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs only get paid for the hours they spend fighting fires or doing maintenance on... More »

Oakland Blaze Was One of Worst US Fires in 50 Years

Criminal investigation team looking into disaster

(Newser) - The blaze that ripped through a converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., during a party on Friday has now been confirmed as America's deadliest fire in more than a decade—and authorities say more than half the wreckage of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse hasn't been searched yet. Oakland... More »

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