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Murder Charge Against 9-Year-Old Triggers Debate

Mom says boy accused of setting fatal fire 'not a monster'; critics say murder charge is too severe

(Newser) - The mother of a 9-year-old accused of setting an Illinois mobile home fire in April that killed five family members is speaking out—and she wants people to know her son is "not a monster," per the AP . The 28-year-old mom, IDed by the Chicago Tribune as Katie... More »

Dog Nudged Owner Awake. 'Then I Saw the Flames'

Way to go, Curly

(Newser) - Curly the dog deserves a heck of a treat after saving his owner from a house fire. A Vietnam veteran living alone in South Carolina, Brian Rand was fast asleep early Monday as his Beaufort home caught fire, per CNN . He only noticed when his best friend Curly, adopted from... More »

Son's Social Media Prank Leaves Mom in Tears

Jason Cleary, 12, let a friend set him on fire

(Newser) - A Michigan mom says it started with screaming. Tabitha Cleary's 12-year-old son, Jason, was visiting a friend's place Saturday when she heard the sound, NBC News reports. "So we came running out. That's when we saw his friend Bryce riding him on the bike with no... More »

Ex-Student Charged 23 Years After School Burned to Ground

Fingerprint on fire extinguisher was key

(Newser) - A man has been charged with burning down his high school—23 years ago. Macedonia High School in South Carolina was "totally destroyed" in the Aug. 4, 1996, arson, in which books, papers, and other materials were set alight in hallways, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. Only... More »

She Tried to Burn Love Letters, Gave Up, Woke to a Problem

Nebraska woman had left them smoldering while she napped

(Newser) - A Nebraska woman trying to burn love letters from an ex-boyfriend gave her apartment a smoldering look. Investigators say 19-year-old Ariauna Lillard tried to burn the letters with a butane torch but gave up and took a nap after it looked like they hadn't ignited, the Smoking Gun reports.... More »

NFL Game Gets Off to a Literally Fiery Start

Field catches on fire at Nissan Stadium in Nashville before Titans-Colts game

(Newser) - If the Indianapolis Colts were looking for a heated showdown against the Tennessee Titans, they got it Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. CNN reports on an actual fire that broke out on the field during the Titans' home opener, right before kickoff as the players burst onto the field... More »

Final Victim of Dive Boat Disaster Recovered

Coast Guard issues new safety recommendations

(Newser) - The body of the only victim still missing after the Labor Day diving boat disaster was recovered by divers Wednesday, authorities say. The bodies of 33 other victims who died in the fire off California's Santa Cruz Island were recovered earlier. "The Conception Incident Unified Command is relieved... More »

Facing Prison for Entering Stadium, She Chose Fire, Death

Esteghlal Tehran mourns death of Iran's 'Blue Girl'

(Newser) - An Iranian woman awaiting trial on charges that she defied the country's ban on women at soccer stadiums has died a week after setting herself on fire. The woman identified as Sahar Khodayari, age 29 or 30, was detained for three days in March when she allegedly posed as... More »

FBI Searches Offices of Dive Boat Owner

Agents also searched company's 2 other boats

(Newser) - Federal agents investigating the dive boat disaster that killed 34 people a week ago served search warrants Sunday at the headquarters of Truth Aquatics, the company that owned the Conception. Lt. Eric Raney with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tells the Los Angeles Times that agents from the... More »

2 Theories Emerge in Dive Boat Tragedy

Diver points to phone-charging station in galley; Conception designer thinks it began in bunk room

(Newser) - A crew member who escaped the Conception dive boat almost immediately suspected a galley charging station as the source of the blaze. Shirley Hansen, who assisted survivors of California's worst maritime disaster since the 1800s from her boat near Santa Cruz Island on Monday, says the crew member described... More »

5 Members of Same Family Among Dive Boat Fire Victims

Charter school students also presumed dead in Conception disaster

(Newser) - Five members of a California family are among the 34 people dead or presumed dead in Monday's devastating fire on a diving boat off Santa Cruz Island. Susana Rosas says her three daughters—Evanmichel Solano Quitasol, Nicole Storm Quitasol, and Angela Rose Quitasol—were on the Conception, along with... More »

25 Confirmed Dead in California Boat Fire

Search for survivors will continue overnight

(Newser) - At least 25 people have now been confirmed dead in a horrific fire on a diving boat off southern California early Monday. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll says the search will continue overnight for nine people still missing in one of the worst maritime disasters in the state's... More »

Diving Boat Mayday Caller: 'I Can't Breathe'

34 are missing after the Conception catches fire, sinks

(Newser) - The search continues—but four bodies have turned up since a commercial diving boat caught fire off the California coast Monday and sank with 34 people apparently on board, the AP reports. Passengers of the Conception were said to be trapped below deck as flames engulfed the 75-foot vessel. Ventura... More »

34 Feared Dead in Boat Blaze Off Calif.

Coast Guard has rescued only 5 after 75-foot boat catches fire off Santa Cruz Island

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard responded early Monday to a boat fire off the coast of southern California, and Fox News reports that at least 34 people aboard are feared dead in the flames off Santa Cruz Island. "We did rescue five individuals who are being transported ashore now, one... More »

As Farm Went Up in Flames, 'I Heard Cows Just Screaming'

800 cows believed dead after fire in Manitoba

(Newser) - A Canadian dairy farm is in mourning after an estimated 800 cows perished in a Monday blaze. Flames were reported before 5am local time at one of Manitoba's largest dairy farms, Pennwood Dairy in Steinbach. Workers inside the facility when the flames erupted were evacuated safely, per CTV News... More »

4 Siblings Died in Day Care Fire

Homeowner's child also killed in Erie blaze

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mother left her four children at an overnight day care center Saturday while she worked a night shift. None of them survived a devastating blaze that swept through the Erie home Sunday. Authorities say a total of five children died in the blaze, including the four siblings and... More »

Fire at Pennsylvania Day Care Center Kills 5 Children

It's not clear whether any were staying at the overnight facility at the time

(Newser) - A morning fire in Pennsylvania killed five children and sent another person to the hospital, authorities said. The fire was reported in Erie, a northwest lake town, at about 1:15am Sunday, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said. The victims ranged in ages from 8 months to... More »

He Woke Up Early at a Sleepover. Then He Smelled Smoke

Quick-thinking Jayden Espinosa, 5, saves 13 people from apartment fire

(Newser) - A 5-year-old at a Chicago sleepover is now being hailed as a hero for saving 12 people and himself from an early-morning fire. WPVI reports Jayden Espinosa was sleeping over at his aunt's apartment last weekend, and he woke up Saturday morning while everyone else was still snoozing. Jayden... More »

11 Years Later, He's Charged With Unspeakable Crime

Ohio's Peter Romans accused in arson that killed his wife and 2 children in 2008

(Newser) - An Ohio man was arrested this week and charged with killing his wife and two children by setting fire to their family home. Beyond the heinousness of the alleged crime is this wrinkle—the fire took place in 2008. Peter Romans, 59, is now in jail on three counts of... More »

Sushi Ingredient Is Spontaneously Combusting

Restaurant fires blamed on tempura flakes

(Newser) - The same phenomenon that causes overheated compost piles to spontaneously combust has been causing fires in sushi restaurants. The culprit is deep-fried tempura flakes, also known as agedama or tenkasu, which have been linked to five restaurant fires in Wisconsin alone, the New York Times reports. Fire investigator Kara Nelson... More »

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