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He Escaped the Fire, Then Realized His Niece Was Still Inside

20-year-old Derrick Byrd seriously burned rescuing 8-year-old, but says he'd do it all over again

(Newser) - While every family may have a "fun" uncle, this Washington state family probably prefers having one who's a hero. When a fire broke out at an Aberdeen home early Thursday, with seven family members inside, 20-year-old Derrick Byrd "jumped into action," 14 News reports. He says... More »

Police Body Cam Shows Rescue of Toddler, Grandma

Officer saved them from Missouri house fire

(Newser) - The dramatic rescue of a trapped 3-year-old girl and her grandmother from a house fire in Missouri was captured on police body cam video . The Hazelwood Police Department says a policeman identified only as Officer Rodriguez arrived on the scene before the fire department Friday, observed that the home's... More »

Wealthy Man Wanted a Secret Bunker, Got a Cell Instead

Daniel Beckwitt handed 21 years, with all but 9 suspended, in death of Askia Khafra

(Newser) - During Daniel Beckwitt's trial, his lawyer explained the Maryland man wanted to build a bunker below his Bethesda home due to his fear of a nuke attack by North Korea. He'll now spend his time in a different sort of confined space. The New York Times reports the... More »

Fire That Killed Family Likely Started on Stove

Mother, her adult stepson, and four young children die in Harlem fire

(Newser) - Six family members, including four children, were killed early Wednesday when a fire that apparently started on a stove ravaged a Harlem apartment, authorities said. Firefighters, who were called at about 1:40am, pushed quickly and aggressively into the flames and thick smoke and found a man and a woman,... More »

A Refugee Mother's Anguish After Fire: 'All 7 Are Dead?'

Ibrahim and Kawthar Barho lost all of their children in house fire; Ibrahim Barho is clinging to life

(Newser) - Friends say a family in Canada was set to move next week from the home they rented and head back to the district in Nova Scotia where they'd first landed as refugees from war-torn Raqqa, Syria, in 2017. Now the family of nine has been tragically reduced to two... More »

He Told Family He Was Going Back in for Dog, Ended Up Dead

Maine man went back into burning house

(Newser) - Investigators say a Maine man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog, the AP reports. Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the man escaped with his family before going back inside Monday evening in the town of Orland. Firefighters recovered the body of... More »

He Was Told to Go to Bed. His Disobedience Saved Them

Damir Carter stayed up to watch Netflix and saved himself and mom from house fire

(Newser) - Parents seeking a silver lining in the never-ending battle of getting their kids to get some shut-eye may want to chat with Delaware mom Angela Marie Borden. That's because her 13-year-old son wouldn't listen to her and go to sleep Tuesday night, opting instead to settle in for... More »

She Survived by Leaping Out Window. Her 5 Kids Died

House fire in Youngstown, Ohio, claims lives of children between the ages of 1 and 9

(Newser) - Five children, including 1-year-old twins, died in a late-night fire that swept through a house after neighbors were awakened by a loud boom, firefighters said. The only survivor was the children's mother, who jumped out of a second-floor window Sunday night, according to Youngstown Fire Capt. Kurt Wright. The... More »

Man Found Dead Hours After House Fire Kills His 3 Kids

It's just a 'coincidence,' police chief says

(Newser) - A northern Indiana house fire killed two adults and four children early Wednesday, and the father of three of the victims was found dead a few hours after the blaze and miles away in what a local police chief on Thursday called a "coincidence." The fire outside Logansport... More »

Black Widows Plus Blow Torch Equals House Fire in Fresno

No injuries were reported

(Newser) - The good news: A California man housesitting for his parents didn't invite a bunch of people over and trash the place. The bad news: He was able to nearly destroy the house all on his own. Authorities say the man set his parents' Fresno house on fire when... More »

'Rocket Scientist' Hoarder Killed in NYC Fire

82-year-old teacher was beloved by former students

(Newser) - A "tremendous amount of clutter" prevented firefighters from reaching an 82-year-old who died in a house fire Monday in New York City. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the two-story home in Jamaica, Queens, around 6:30pm but encountered items "piled three to four feet high and throughout,... More »

Menorah Blamed for Fire That Killed Mom, 3 Kids

Father fighting for life after desperate rescue attempt

(Newser) - A fire that roared through a Brooklyn home on the sixth night of Hanukkah, killing a mother and her three young children, was touched off by the family's menorah, fire officials said. The fire department late Monday released a statement saying fire marshals determined the blaze to be accidental,... 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 »

Attempt to Kill Ants Destroys Family Home

Son was using fire to exterminate insects in basement

(Newser) - If you have an infestation of ants in your basement, do not follow the example of David Doucette and try to kill them with fire. The 21-year-old Maine man may have succeeded in exterminating the pests, but he burned down his parents' home in the process, killing their dog and... More »

Girl, Firefighter Die After Hoverboard Catches Fire

She's believed to be first to die in US hoverboard fire

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Harrisburg, Pa.: A 3-year-old girl died in a house fire believed to have been caused by a recharging hoverboard Friday night, and a firefighter was killed on his way to the scene by an allegedly drunk driver in a stolen car. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokesman... More »

New Mom Dies in Fire, but Saves Her Newborn

Straps baby into a car seat and drops her from second-floor window

(Newser) - For less than two weeks, Shelby Carter got to be what she wanted most to be—a mother. Now her friends and family in Wyoming, Ill., are honoring the sacrifice she made to save her newborn daughter, reports KWQC . Carter, who had just turned 21 on Sunday, was alone with... More »

Officials Believe Dog Died in House Fire Protecting Toddler

The Washington boy's body was found with his dog and teddy bear at his side

(Newser) - A Washington toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him, and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, the AP reports. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:... More »

AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

Fire Took 7 of Their Kids. Now a Family Grows Again

They're expecting their 5th child since the tragedy next month

(Newser) - The loss was so enormous, the tragedy so unthinkable, it made national news five years ago in March 2011. A family of 10—eight children and their parents—were reduced to three in one cruel night in rural Pennsylvania when a fire of still unknown origins swept through their 100-year-old... More »

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