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A Shout Amid Flames: 'Can Somebody Catch My Baby?'

3 injured in 'brutal' Dallas apartment fire

(Newser) - Around 40 Dallas residents are homeless for Thanksgiving but thankful to be alive after what the Dallas Morning News describes as a "brutal" fire at an apartment complex. Three people including a firefighter were injured Wednesday, per NBC DFW , though rescuers and residents likely prevented further calamity. They banged... More »

After Man, Family Die in Mansion Fire, Brother Arrested

Paul Caneiro's arrest tied to a fire at his own home that happened hours prior

(Newser) - A convoluted story out of New Jersey, where police have charged Paul Caneiro with aggravated arson in connection with a fire at his own home—one that the Asbury Park Press reports occurred seven hours before a fatal fire at his brother's mansion. Around 5am Tuesday, firefighters responded to... More »

Breathing San Fran Air Like Smoking 11 Cigarettes: Researchers

Smog from wildfires has given San Francisco, Stockton, Sacramento worst pollution in the world

(Newser) - The smoke in some parts of California from the wildfires has been "overwhelming," and now the air in some cities there has earned a new descriptor: the world's worst. CNN reports on a sobering chart from the Berkeley Earth nonprofit , which pulls together stats from sites that... More »

Fire Now Tied for Deadliest in California History

Butte County's Camp Fire has killed at least 29

(Newser) - A somber update to one of the wildfires raging through California: Twenty-nine people have died and 228 are missing in the wake of Butte County's Camp Fire, putting the blaze in a tie for the highest death toll since the state started keeping records, reports the San Francisco Chronicle ... More »

Iguana on Power Line Sends 20 to a Hospital

Seems the iguana was electrocuted and set off a fire

(Newser) - An iguana wandered onto a power line and knocked out electricity to a Florida nursing home, sending 20 patients to the hospital, the AP reports. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Spokesman Michael Kane says the iguana was electrocuted and set off a fire on the power pole, which knocked out electricity... More »

74-Year-Old Found Alive 5 Days After DC Fire

He was trapped in apartment with door jammed shut

(Newser) - After a fire swept through his senior complex in Washington, DC, leaving his door swollen shut, 74-year-old Raymond Holton waited for help. He was there for five days. Holton was found Monday inside his unit at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex when workers assessing the badly damaged building'... More »

Huge NYC Arson May Have Been Unusual Revenge

Homeless man allegedly set fire after being booted from sleeping spot

(Newser) - Fire officials believe a homeless man ignited a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through a parking garage at a Brooklyn shopping mall Monday, leaving more than two dozen people injured. Six civilians and 22 of more than 250 responding firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, after plumes... More »

Professor Rushed Into Burning Museum to Save Specimens

Famed skull may have survived Brazil blaze

(Newser) - Researchers held out hope that a famed skull and other valuable objects might somehow be recovered from the ashes of a massive blaze that tore through Brazil's National Museum after firefighters found bone fragments from the collection. Officials have said as much as 90% of Latin America's largest... More »

Fire Engulfs 200-Year-Old National Museum

An 'unbearable catastrophe' in Brazil

(Newser) - A massive fire has destroyed millions of items at Brazil's national museum—and for many Brazilians, shock has turned to anger. The blaze, which began at the 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro after it closed to the public Sunday, is believed to have wiped out much of its... More »

No Adults Were Home When 10 Kids Died in Chicago Fire: Cops

Authorities are investigating 'allegations of neglect' involving the children

(Newser) - The deadliest residential fire in years in Chicago claimed its tenth and final victim on Tuesday, as a 14-year-old boy who barely survived the blaze died at a hospital. Although authorities initially believed that two of the people killed by the pre-dawn Sunday fire at a Southwest Side apartment were... More »

Chicago Blaze is Deadliest in 'Many, Many Years'

The pre-dawn fire erupted in the city's Little Village neighborhood on Sunday

(Newser) - Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation's third-largest city in years, officials say. Two other people were hospitalized in very critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt... More »

9 Die in Nursing Home Inferno

At least 16 injured in New Taipei City blaze

(Newser) - A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out before 5am and was extinguished roughly one hour later, the AP reports. No details were immediately available about those who'd... More »

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 »

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