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20 Years After KKK Torched It, SC Black Church Burns Again

SC's Mount Zion AME Church is 7th black church to burn since Charleston

(Newser) - Yesterday the NAACP issued a series of tweets in response to the spate of black churches going up in flames across the South, calling for "black churches to take necessary precautions" and promoting the #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches hashtag. Hours later, the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, SC, became the seventh... More »

Spectacular Blaze Destroys Historic Stadium

Eugene's Civic Stadium went up in minutes

(Newser) - A spectacular fire destroyed Eugene's historic Civic Stadium yesterday and prompted the temporary evacuation of a two-block area, the Oregon city's fire chief says. Fire crews found flames shooting twice the height of the structure when they were called to the stadium at about 5:30pm, a police... More »

'Mind Blowing' Fire Burns Entire Neighborhood

Severe drought fuels Washington state wildfire

(Newser) - From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. "With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm's... More »

Hobbyist's Drone Interferes With Air Drops on Wildfire

Forest Service says 3 planes had to scrap mission in California

(Newser) - Somebody flying a drone over a raging California wildfire this week probably got some awesome photos. The problem for everyone else is that the 4-foot drone forced three planes that planned to drop retardant to scrap their missions, reports the Los Angeles Times . One was a DC-10 with about 11,... More »

Florida Boys Save 2 Babies From Burning Home

Heroes' ages are 10 and 11

(Newser) - Two Florida boys played the hero yesterday when they rescued a pair of infants from a burning home. Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, ran into the burning mobile home in Orange County after calling 911, reports WFTV . The boys managed to find two of the four children trapped,... More »

Firefighters Follow Cries of 'Help,' Find Parrots

No humans or birds hurt in Idaho blaze

(Newser) - The fire department in Middleton, Idaho, says they're smart parrots—and if they hadn't been, they might be dead parrots. Officials say that when firefighters arrived at a house fire near Boise Friday night, they investigated cries of "Help!" and "Fire!" and, instead of... More »

Brooklyn Dad to Bury 7 'Angels' in Israel

After blaze, religious Jews reconsider use of hot plates

(Newser) - The bodies of seven siblings who died in a house fire are headed to Israel for burial, a day after their sobbing father told mourners in his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community how much joy they had brought him. "They were so pure," Gabriel Sassoon said yesterday of his children... More »

7 Kids Killed in Brooklyn House Fire

Mother, another child are the lone survivors

(Newser) - A house fire that broke out after midnight in Brooklyn killed seven children, the oldest one 15. A woman believed to be the mother of all the kids survived, as did a teenage daughter, by jumping out a window. Fire officials say that a hot plate left on in the... More »

Fire Extinguisher Factory Destroyed by ... Giant Fire

Also damaged: the Dept. of Irony

(Newser) - A three-alarm fire so intense that it required more than 150 Chicago firefighters broke out last night, and left smoldering in the rubble of the partially collapsed building was what UPI calls "one of the department's closest allies—a fire extinguisher factory." A HazMat response was also... More »

Nutella Jar Blamed in House Fire

Investigators in London say empty jar caught sun's rays

(Newser) - London's firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. Investigators believe the glass jar—which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread—had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight. According to a statement posted by the brigade,... More »

Fire Hits One of World's Tallest Apartment Towers

No deaths reported at Dubai building called 'The Torch'

(Newser) - One of the world's tallest residential towers—with the unfortunate name of "The Torch"—caught fire early today in Dubai's Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets as flames raged several stories high. No one was reported killed. The fire broke out about... More »

He Proposes, Accidentally Sets House on Fire

... while cooking her birthday breakfast

(Newser) - On his girlfriend's birthday yesterday, a New Jersey man did three memorable things: First he proposed. Second, he set about cooking her a birthday breakfast. Third, he set the house on fire while doing the second thing, reports NJ.com . Luckily, everybody got out OK, though the second and... More »

Naked Man Jumps on Bus to Escape Fire

British bus driver hailed for heroic rescue

(Newser) - With fire racing through a third-story apartment in Braintree, England, and no firefighters in sight, death or serious injury appeared to be inevitable for a man trapped by the flames. Enter Andy Waterman, bus driver. Waterman was driving an out-of-service double-decker bus back to the depot when he was flagged... More »

200 Firefighters Have Spent 10 Hours Battling NYC Warehouse Blaze

Hundreds of firefighters face 7-alarm fire burning official papers

(Newser) - A fire took hold at a Brooklyn warehouse at 6:20 this morning, and as of late afternoon, the seven-alarm blaze is still going strong, the New York Times reports. Smoke can be seen from outside the city. Some 200 firefighters have been at the scene; none have been injured... More »

2-Month-Old Christmas Tree Blamed for Mansion Fire

Home engulfed in minutes when fire hit dried-out tree

(Newser) - The investigation into the huge blaze that killed a Maryland couple and their four grandchildren earlier this month has pinned the blame on a major fire hazard right in the middle of the mansion's "Great Room": A 2-month-old, 15-foot Christmas tree. Fire officials say an electrical failure ignited... More »

2 Bodies Found in Mansion's Charred Ruins

4 still missing in burned-down Maryland castle

(Newser) - Investigators found the bodies of two unidentified people yesterday in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, a fire official says. Cadaver dogs and searchers found the bodies, and four people remain unaccounted for, the county fire department spokesman says. "I... More »

How Did a $6M 'Castle' Just Burn to the Ground?

Annapolis investigators still have more questions than answers

(Newser) - What started the Monday blaze that consumed a 16,000-square-foot Annapolis mansion that locals called "The Castle"? Why were there apparently no smoke alarms or sprinklers in such a well-appointed home? And, perhaps most distressingly, where are owners Donald and Sandra Pyle and their four grandkids, feared dead... More »

Couple, 4 Grandkids Feared Dead in Mansion Fire

Tech exec Don Pyle, wife lived in 16K-square-foot Maryland home

(Newser) - Technology exec Don Pyle, his wife, and four grandchildren are feared dead in a huge blaze that destroyed a mansion in Annapolis. Some 85 firefighters spent hours early Monday morning battling the fire at the 16,000-square-foot castle-like home, using tanker trucks and a fire boat because there were no... More »

Kids Left Alone Die in House Fire

Mom went out to get her hair done, authorities say

(Newser) - Authorities say Ciarria Johnson went out to get her hair done Monday night, leaving her two young children home alone, and returned to the Louisiana house only after she got a call telling her it was on fire. But it was too late: Ta'shae Thompson Johnson, 4, and Clifton... More »

Christmas Day Fire Caused by ... Snow Globe

'Reindeer food,' fake snow also involved

(Newser) - A fire broke out at a store in England on Christmas Day, and the cause is about as Christmas-y as it gets. As a Dorset fire service spokesperson explains, "The cause of the fire was believed to be sun refracting through a snow globe in the shop window which... More »

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