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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 »

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 . 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 »

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