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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 »

Florida Teen Nearly Dies While Making S'mores

Layne Chesney suffered third-degree burns to 95% of her body

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl suffered third-degree burns to 95% of her body while roasting marshmallows for s'mores on New Year's Eve, and her family is thankful it wasn't worse. The mother of Florida teen Layne Chesney says her daughter was severely injured when a gas can exploded near... More »

Senator Wants Army to Honor Soldier Who Died in NYC Fire

13th victim dies week after Bronx blaze

(Newser) - A 13th person has died from injuries suffered in one of New York City's deadliest fires in decades . Police say 27-year-old Holt Francis was critically injured in the Dec. 28 Bronx apartment building fire and died at a hospital on Thursday, the AP reports. They say the fire was... More »

Fire Reported at Clintons' Home in New York

Fire was reportedly inside building used by Secret Service

(Newser) - Firefighters responded to Bill and Hillary Clinton's home outside New York City after a small fire in a building on the property, the AP reports. New Castle Police say a call came in around 2:50pm Wednesday about a fire in Chappaqua. The fire was out by 3:15pm.... More »

1.4K Cars Destroyed in New Year's Eve Blaze

6 dogs were rescued from blaze next to UK horse show

(Newser) - A massive fire New Year's Eve in a multi-story parking garage in Liverpool, England, destroyed around 1,400 cars, with one exploding every few seconds at the height of the blaze, authorities say—but no humans or animals were seriously injured. Horses had been stabled in the garage before... More »

Officials: 3-Year-Old Playing With Stove Started NYC Fire

12 are dead, including a mother and baby found in a bathtub

(Newser) - Fire officials say New York City's deadliest fire in a quarter-century was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the boy, who had a history of playing with the stove, screamed to alert his mom to the fire... More »

12 People Dead in Bronx Fire

Blaze in 5-story apartment building strikes on frigid night

(Newser) - New York City's mayor says 12 people have been killed in a Bronx apartment building fire, including a child around a year old. Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a briefing late Thursday that additional residents of the building were fighting for their lives with serious injuries, per... More »

They Were Stuck in a Burning Car. Then Came 2 Young Cops

Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, hailed as heroes after rescuing teens

(Newser) - Two young Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes for rescuing two unconscious teenagers from a burning car. Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol Tuesday night when a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole and overturned. Flames erupted from the car's... More »

Homeless Man Pulls 2 Kids From Burning Home

Anival Angulo happened by the Las Vegas residence on Friday

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters are calling a homeless man a hero for saving two small children from a fire, reports the AP . Fire officials say a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy were trapped in a burning apartment Friday morning after the children's grandfather was cooking food and the stove... More »

37 Call Center Workers Confirmed Dead in Mall Fire

They worked for US company in Philippines mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines have found all 37 bodies of employees of a US-based company who were trapped in a blaze that gutted a shopping mall in southern Davao city. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that firefighters initially found one body at the NCCC Mall on Sunday, but that extreme heat... More »

'Zero' Chance of Survival for 36 Trapped in Mall Fire

Workers couldn't escape top floor of Philippine mall

(Newser) - Firefighters in the Philippines recovered one body from a burning shopping mall Sunday and there is "zero" chance of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city, an official said. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said firefighters told distraught relatives of the 36 trapped employees... More »

At Least 1 Animal Dead, Others Missing in Zoo Fire

Cause of Saturday's fire at London Zoo is unknown

(Newser) - A beloved aardvark is dead and four meerkats are missing after a fire tore through part of the London Zoo on Saturday, Reuters reports. The fire mostly damaged a cafe and gift shop but impacted an animal petting area, as well. Misha, a 10-year-old aardvark and one of the most... More »

One Way to Get Rid of Bedbugs: Burn the House Down

Woman trying to kill the critters accidentally sets her building on fire

(Newser) - You might want to do anything to get rid of bedbugs, but adding fire to the mix didn't end well for one Cincinnati woman trying to rid her apartment of the tiny creeps. As the AP reports, she accidentally started a house fire while trying to kill bedbugs with... More »

This Might Be the Biggest Reward Ever for Missing Pets

Michigan owners offer $100K in bitcoin after 4 felines go missing after fire

(Newser) - The owners of four cats that went missing after a house fire last month are getting reports of sightings in their Detroit-area neighborhood—and they're offering a lucrative reward to anyone who can help get one or all safely home. One odd twist: two of the cats are in... More »

Against an Inferno, Man Rescues the Smallest Creature

Wild rabbit saved

(Newser) - Whether you consider it brave or foolish, it's tough not to consider it incredible. NBC News has video of a driver who pulled over on California's Highway 1 near La Conchita to save a wild rabbit from the blazing wildfire that's painting the backdrop orange. As the... More »

A Fire, a Deadbolted Door, and an Incredible Rescue

Anival Angulo pulled baby, 3-year-old out of burning Las Vegas apartment

(Newser) - Las Vegas claims one of the nation's highest rates of homelessness —and one of the city's homeless residents is now being called a hero. KSNV and the Washington Post report that Anival Angulo was walking along a quiet Las Vegas street late Friday morning when he saw... More »

Guy Imitating History Channel Wrecks City's Downtown

Upstate NY inferno destroyed or damaged 20 buildings

(Newser) - Officials say an inferno that destroyed or damaged nearly two dozen buildings in a city in upstate New York was sparked by an amateur bladesmith. The blaze broke out Thursday in downtown Cohoes, near Albany, and was hampered by winds. The Times Union of Albany reports three buildings were destroyed... More »

Dozens of Trapped Workers Die in Fireworks Factory Blaze

Police had to smash a wall for them to get out

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory near Indonesia's capital that killed at least 47 people Thursday, mostly young female workers unable to escape. Survivors told authorities the fire started in the factory's drying section, where finished fireworks are... More »

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