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Dozens of Animals Perish in Massachusetts Shelter Fire

All but 5 of rescue's dogs, cats are dead

(Newser) - Heartbreaking: A Massachusetts animal shelter building caught fire late Sunday and was totally engulfed by the time firefighters got there—leading to the deaths of dozens of animals. "We didn't think we'd be able to save any of the animals. That was our first goal—to do... More »

Fire Breaks Out in Chicago's Hancock Skyscraper

5 people were injured

(Newser) - Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five people were injured. Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did not... More »

Passerby Saves 83-Year-Old From Burning Home

Her wheelchair got stuck as she tried to escape

(Newser) - A passing construction worker saved the life of a disabled woman on Wednesday after noticing smoke billowing from her home in Milton, Vermont. Marie O'Connor, 83, was home alone and cooking when a grease fire erupted around 10:30am. She tried to escape, but her battery-operated wheelchair got stuck... More »

Residents Get Antsy as Landfill Fire Burns Near Nuclear Waste

Conflicting reports add to confusion near St. Louis

(Newser) - Dawn Chapman compares an underground fire at a landfill outside St. Louis to a train whose brakes have failed: In order to prevent a disaster, "you either have to stop that train or you have to clear the tracks," she says, per NPR . The reason for her analogy?... More »

Plane Catches Fire at Florida Airport

At least 7 injured

(Newser) - Seven people were injured when a Boeing 767 caught on fire as it was taxiing for departure at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Thursday, NBC Miami reports. Dynamic Airways Flight 405 was scheduled to depart for Caracas, Venezuela, when the incident took place; all flights in and out of... More »

Marine Dies Trying to Save Her Kids From Fire

She rushed back into the flames to save her five children

(Newser) - A former Marine died along with her three young children, whom she was attempting to save from a house fire early Tuesday in Kentucky, the AP reports. Lori Doppelheuer and Chris Hargis escaped from their house when the fire started, but both rushed back inside to rescue their five children.... More »

Palestinians Set Fire to Joseph's Tomb

IDF spokesman calls it 'blatant violation of the basic value of freedom of worship'

(Newser) - A holy site in the West Bank often visited by Jewish pilgrims under the cover of darkness with the Israeli military protecting them was set on fire by Palestinians Thursday night. Though firefighters put out the blaze, the incident has only added fuel to the fire already burning between the... More »

Underground Fire May Be Moving Closer to Nuclear Waste

Officials near St. Louis write emergency plan

(Newser) - Two things you never want to see together: an inextinguishable underground fire and a nuclear waste dump. But they're only 1,200 feet apart in an area north of St. Louis and may be growing closer, the AP reports. The underground fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning for... More »

Man Burns Down Gas Pump Trying to Kill Spider


(Newser) - A Michigan man with a serious fear of spiders nearly burned down a gas station, his car, and himself trying to get rid of one of the tiny creatures earlier this week, Fox 2 Detroit reports. According to CBS Detroit , the man was filling up his car when he saw... More »

Guy Sets Car on Fire to Save It From Tow: Cops

New Hampshire man's alleged plan didn't turn out so hot

(Newser) - No one wants their car towed, but Shad Badeau really didn't want his car towed, police say. The 40-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested Sunday evening after cops in Manchester say he approached a tow truck that had been called to take away an illegally parked vehicle—his own—... More »

On Wedding Day, Bride and Groom Lose Everything

They hope they can find their wedding rings in the ashes

(Newser) - It almost went according to plan. Andrew Taylor and Dayleen Marrero had their dream wedding on Friday, a black-and-gold retro Hollywood theme with 100 guests in a loft space near their apartment, and friends even broke out into a flash mob dance. But just hours earlier, their apartment building caught... More »

Pool Fire Hits Vegas Hotel

Only one person suffered injuries

(Newser) - A fire at a hotel's swimming pool sent large plumes of black smoke above the Las Vegas Strip but left most guests unscathed today. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to gain control of the blaze on the 14th floor of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel, said Clark... More »

'Heroic' Teen Rescues Woman From Burning Car

Phillipe Bittar, 19, barely had time to react

(Newser) - An Oregon State University student is being called "heroic" for rescuing an elderly woman from a burning car while others stood by shooting videos. Phillipe Bittar, 19, says he didn't have much time to react yesterday afternoon when he saw the car at a Chevron station in Portland,... More »

Woman, 84, Helps Save 11 From Fire

She woke neighbors at 2am after seeing flames

(Newser) - Eleven people in Florida are alive today thanks in part to their elderly neighbor's difficulty sleeping. Carmen Rodriguez, 84, found herself awake about 2am when she smelled smoke, went outside to investigate, and saw flames consuming her apartment building in Jacksonville, reports the Florida Times-Union . She then went banging... More »

4 Boys Face Charges in Huge Stadium Fire

Including first-degree arson, burglary

(Newser) - Police say four boys are responsible for the blaze that turned Eugene's historic Civic Stadium to ash in Oregon. Though five boys were spotted near the stadium's press box before the fire, only four, ages 10 to 12, will be charged with first- and second-degree arson, criminal mischief,... More »

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 »

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