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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 »

Beloved Vermont Farm Burns, Leaving Every Animal Dead

The 19th century dairy farm in Waterbury was beloved by generations of area families

(Newser) - A beloved Vermont dairy farm burned to the ground Sunday night, killing nearly two dozen cows and their calves. The Wallace farm in Waterbury was run by 71-year-old Rosina Wallace. Per USA Today , Wallace was a fourth generation dairy farmer at the property, which was purchased by her great-grandparents in... More »

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two... More »

'We Are Burning. This Is Perhaps Farewell'

More details are coming out on horrific Siberia mall fire

(Newser) - The public-address system had been turned off and exits illegally blocked during the horrific fire at a Russian mall that left at least 64 people dead, many of them children, investigators say. Authorities looking into the fire in the Siberian city of Kemerovo say a security guard turned off the... More »

Death Toll Hits 64 in Horrific Mall Blaze

Survivors of Siberia tragedy say there were no alarms

(Newser) - At least 64 people, many of them children, died when a massive blaze swept through a multi-story mall in Siberia Sunday, authorities say. The mall was packed with children and their parents at the time of the horrific fire in Kemerovo, a city of around 500,000 people more than... More »

Americans' Pasta Gaffe Does Not Please Italy

American exchange students start fire by cooking it without water

(Newser) - A trio of American exchange students made the unlikely mistake of trying to cook a pot full of pasta without actually adding any water. In fact, the mistake was so bad that the resulting flames forced the three panicked 20-year-olds to call the fire department, reports UPI . The reason this... More »

An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

Firefighter Accused of Setting His Kids on Fire

He allegedly posted video to social media

(Newser) - A Vermont firefighter is charged with lighting his children's hands on fire in what he told police was an attempt to teach them about poor decision-making, the AP reports. Levi Dykema, 28, of Ferrisburgh, is facing three counts of reckless endangerment after police say he covered the hands of... More »

How Not to Get Rid of Skunks in the House

Guy uses a smoke bomb, burns the place down

(Newser) - Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man's attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through... More »

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 »

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