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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 »

Calif.'s Other Big Problem Amid Blazes: 'Fire Devils'

Fire tornadoes fueled by powerful winds were strong enough to flip cars, damage homes

(Newser) - Like earthquakes can unleash tsunamis, strong winds and the California wildfires apparently set loose another type of natural disaster: fire tornadoes. And the San Francisco Chronicle says the fire-filled tornadoes that hit Santa Rosa last week, driven by nearly 80mph winds, wreaked major havoc, tossing cars, pulling trees out of... More »

Charles Schulz's Home Destroyed in California Inferno

Home of late 'Peanuts' creator burned to ground; widow escapes, son's home also destroyed

(Newser) - The home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz burned to the ground in the deadly California wildfires, but his widow escaped, her stepson said Thursday. Jean Schulz, 78, evacuated before flames engulfed her hillside home Monday and is staying with a daughter, Monte Schulz says. The Schulzes built the split-level home... More »

Fire Kills 24 at Religious Boarding School

At least 22 teens, 2 teachers dead in Malaysia blaze

(Newser) - A fire killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5:41am and took an hour to put... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

Teen Is Main Suspect in Raging Oregon Wildfire

Witness says she saw him throw a firecracker into canyon

(Newser) - A wildfire that started over the weekend in Oregon torched at least 10,000 acres, stranded more than 150 hikers, and forced the evacuation of multiple towns—and officials think a teen fooling around with firecrackers may be to blame. The Columbian reports that a 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Wash.... More »

Flames Engulf One of World's Tallest Apartment Towers

Another bad night for Dubai's Torch Tower

(Newser) - A fire broke out after midnight in one of the world's tallest residential towers, engulfing part of the skyscraper and sending chunks of debris plummeting. More than 40 floors of Dubai's 86-story Torch Tower were burning on one side of the building, an AP journalist near the scene... More »

At Least 20K Flee Massive Fire at Music Fest

Fire breaks out on stage at Tomorrowland Barcelona

(Newser) - A spectacular fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona, the regional government said. Images showed towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the "Tomorrowland" electronic music festival held at Barcelona's Parc de Can Zam. Barcelona... More »

Woman Lights Hair on Fire While Playing Video Game

AnaPlaying was burned, literally, by multitasking

(Newser) - A French gamer got quite a shock when she tried to do at least one too many things at the same time. Mashable reports Twitch user AnaPlaying was playing a game of League of Legends while live-streaming herself, chatting with fans, and flicking a lighter on and off. This, of... More »

Bull Kills Itself After Fiery Torches Put on Horns

It ran head-on into a post at a Spanish festival

(Newser) - A horrifying scene out of a bull festival in Spain has reignited a firestorm—this one a literal one—around the subject of how bull are used as entertainment. The Independent reports on a bull that was tied to a post in front of a "baying" crowd during the... More »

Grenfell Tower Panels May Clad US Hotel, NFL Stadium

The flammable panels have been implicated in fatal London fire

(Newser) - In promotional brochures, a US company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school, and a luxury hotel in Baltimore. Those same panels—Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core—also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment... More »

Questions, Rumors After Fire That Killed 4 Young Sisters

Investigators believe November fire was intentionally set

(Newser) - What is known: In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a fire killed four young sisters in their Flora, Ind., home. What isn't known: the cause of the fire—or whether it was intentionally set. After the fire that killed Keyana Davis, 11; Keyara Phillips, 9; Kerriele McDonald,... More »

Hundreds Flee Blaze in Hawaii Condo With No Sprinklers

3 Dead and 12 injured in fire ‘like a horror movie’

(Newser) - A raging fire in a Honolulu high-rise that authorities say had no sprinklers left three dead, 12 injured, and sent hundreds fleeing as smoke billowed from the upper floors, the AP reports. The dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15pm and then... More »

She Was Trapped Amid the Grenfell Blaze—and Cyanide

BBC confirms one survivor suffered cyanide poisoning

(Newser) - Luana Gomes spent six days in a medically induced coma after being caught in London's Grenfell Tower fire . And while she survived, smoke inhalation wasn't all the 12-year-old was treated for. The BBC obtained her discharge record, which shows she suffered cyanide poisoning in the blaze—the first... More »

Footage of Hellish Fire in Wyoming Goes Viral

Sulfur mound ignited by motorcycle exhaust

(Newser) - It's not often you hear firefighters describe a blaze as "beautiful," but that's exactly what happened following a fire in Worland, Wyo. In a Facebook post accompanying a video that has since gone viral, the Worland Volunteer Fire Department explains it was called to "an... More »

Big Bang Theory Star's Ranch Goes Up in Flames

Johnny Galecki's San Luis Obispo ranch destroyed by wildfire

(Newser) - A wildfire burning in California has engulfed some 1,600 acres—and a celebrity's home. The so-called Hill Fire raging in San Luis Obispo destroyed a ranch owned by Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki on Monday, reports TMZ . Galecki, who primarily lives at another location, was not present... More »

IKEA Serving Bowl Sets Man's Grapes on Fire

'There was one intense point where [the sun] hit the twigs'

(Newser) - A man found himself in the middle of an unexpected science experiment in Sweden after he set his bowl of grapes in the sun. Richard Walter says he was outside near his Blanda Blank stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA when he noticed his grapes were on fire. "'... More »

Police Find Cause of Grenfell Blaze

It started in a fridge-freezer, say police

(Newser) - In an emotional phone call, Fadumo Ahmed told her mom she was stuck on the upper floors of Grenfell Tower as the deadly blaze raged. "I can't get out. Goodbye," the 32-year-old said, per the Telegraph . In the days that followed, Ahmed's friends put her photo... More »

Police Release Images From Inside Grenfell Tower

As they announce death toll now stands at 79 in London blaze

(Newser) - London police said Monday that 79 people are now believed to have died in a devastating high-rise apartment building fire . Police Commander Stuart Cundy said the new figure includes both people who were confirmed dead and others who are missing and presumed dead. It's an increase from the previous... More »

In Fire 'Like Horror Movie,' Her Quick Thinking Saved 12

Government the target of criticism after forest fire kills 62 in Portugal

(Newser) - "It was like a horror movie," says a survivor of Portugal's deadliest fire on record , and like in a horror movie, she survived by finding a good hiding spot. The BBC reports Maria do Céu Silva and 11 others made it through the fearsome blaze by... More »

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