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2 Firefighters Are Dead. 2 Boys Now Face Charges

DA is angry that the juveniles cannot be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two firefighters have been confirmed dead in a blaze that erupted Tuesday at a California public library, allegedly set by two 13-year-old boys. Now, controversy has emerged over the charges faced by the juveniles. Coverage:
  • The firefighters: Capt. Ray Figueroa, 35, and Patrick Jones, 25, both of the Porterville Fire
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She Fell Out of Burning Car: 'He's Poured Petrol on Me!'

Ex-rugby player, wife, their 3 young children die after car fire in Brisbane, Australia

(Newser) - A former rugby player for the New Zealand Warriors, his wife, and their three young children have died after a car fire, and Australian police say they're now treating the site of the deadly blaze as a crime scene. Per the Australian, via the New York Times , witnesses who... More »

15 Dead at Center Where Kids Were 'Living Like Animals'

Deadly fire took place at Haitian children's center run by controversial Pennsylvania-based group

(Newser) - A blaze that tore through a Haitian children's home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince killed 15 children, putting the Pennsylvania-based Christian nonprofit that runs it once more under the microscope. Rose-Marie Louis, a worker at the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, tells the AP the fire started... More »

5-Year-Old Saves Sister From Fire, Goes Back for Dog

Georgia's Noah Woods is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - First Noah Woods saved his sister, pulling her out a window during a house fire last weekend in Georgia's Bartow County. Then he went back for the family dog. Have we mentioned Noah is 5 years old? Fire officials say the blaze in Noah's Kingston home started Sunday... More »

Woman, Her 5 Kids Are Among the Dead in Dock Fire

The victims were living on boats in Alabama marina

(Newser) - A woman and her five children were among the eight people who died in a dock fire at a north Alabama marina, authorities and relatives said, per the AP . Grace Annette Watson Miles, 40, was killed in the blaze early Monday, along with Dezli Nicole Miles, 7; Kesston Damien Miles,... More »

Terrified Residents Run to Roof in High-Rise Blaze

6 are hospitalized in Los Angeles, 2 with critical injuries

(Newser) - Los Angeles firefighters rescued 15 terrified residents from the rooftop of a 25-story high-rise apartment building where a windswept fire broke out on the sixth floor and sent choking smoke billowing through the upper levels Wednesday morning, the AP reports. Two people were critically injured, authorities said. There were early... More »

8 Confirmed Dead in Alabama Dock Fire

Blaze destroyed at least 35 boats

(Newser) - A massive boat dock fire in Alabama early Monday killed at least eight people, including minors, authorities have confirmed. Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says it will take days to confirm the identities of the victims and learn the cause of the fire, which destroyed dozens of boats, More »

Sheriff: We Have Fatalities After Massive Dock Fire

Blaze destroys about 3 dozen boats in Scottsboro, Ala.

(Newser) - A dock fire in Scottsboro, Ala., was both huge and deadly, but authorities don't know how bad just yet. “We have some confirmed fatalities, but we don't have an exact number yet,”Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rocky Harnen tells the AP . The blaze along... More »

Big Name Pledges $500K to Help Fight Aussie Fires

Singer Pink steps up to help friends Down Under, where one blaze is now the size of Manhattan

(Newser) - More than 100 firefighters from the US and Canada have rushed to the other side of the world to help fight the wildfires in Australia that have killed nearly two dozen people and an estimated 500 million animals so far. CNN reports things don't look to get any better... More »

As a House Burned, Firefighters Posed for a New Year's Selfie

Crews may face discipline for 'despicable' celebration

(Newser) - Firefighters took a moment from their work on New Year's Eve to pose for a celebratory selfie in front of a Detroit house being consumed by flames. The Facebook post caught the attention of the city's fire commissioner, among others, reports USA Today , which posted the photo. A... More »

Mother, 2 Daughters Admit Role in Zoo Fire

German police say 3 women 'infinitely sorry' after releasing sky lanterns; 30 animals died

(Newser) - More than 30 animals perished in a zoo fire early New Year's Day, and German police now say three suspects have emerged and taken responsibility. After reports circulated that police suspected sky lanterns may have caused the inferno that destroyed the Krefeld Zoo's ape house, cops say a... More »

Chief Fights Back Tears After Firehouse Blaze

'It's tremendous,' says Joseph Pascale. 'And on Christmas'

(Newser) - A Long Island fire chief fought tears as he faced two fire engines, a ladder truck, and an ambulance—all destroyed in a Christmas fire. "This is what we do on a daily basis to help everybody, and it happened to us," North Massapequa Fire Department Chief Joseph... More »

In Building With No Heat, Deadly Disaster

6 dead after fire breaks out in Las Vegas building where residents were using their stoves for heat

(Newser) - A fire in a three-story apartment building in downtown Las Vegas where residents were using their stoves for heat killed six people and forced some to jump from upper-floor windows to escape before dawn Saturday. Investigators reported that the fire started around a first-floor unit's stove and that residents... More »

India Factory Fire Kills Dozens

Workers were sleeping where they make purses for $2 a day

(Newser) - A fire believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in New Delhi on Sunday where handbags and other items were made by workers earning as little as $2 per day. At least 43 people were killed, the AP reports. The blaze in the capital's... More »

'Lawlessness' as Woman Is Set on Fire in Another Rape Case

23-year-old in India was attacked by men she accused of sexually assaulting her, police say

(Newser) - An Indian woman who accused two men of rape was set on fire—allegedly by those same men—on her way to a court hearing in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who suffered burns on up to 90% of her body, is now "fighting for her life,"... More »

'Very Tragic' Start to the Holiday Weekend in Minneapolis

5 dead, 4 injured in high-rise blaze

(Newser) - Five people were killed early Wednesday when a public housing high-rise caught fire in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune reports. Four others were injured in blaze, which started on the 14th floor of a 24-story building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood around 4am. "Very tragic night at the beginning of a holiday... More »

Mega-Yacht Blaze Is 'Biggest Fire Loss' in Fla. City's History

2 superyachts in Fort Lauderdale were worth $23M

(Newser) - It took 100 firefighters more than four hours Saturday morning to bring a smoke- and flame-spewing blaze under control at a Fort Lauderdale marina. By the time they'd put out the worst of it, the inferno had caused what the city's Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan now says is... More »

'Catastrophic' Warning an Aussie First as Fires Rage

Fire officials portend 'most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen'

(Newser) - Australia is on fire, and it's getting worse. Over the weekend, it was reported that New South Wales, the country's most populous state, was dealing with dozens of wildfires that killed at least three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. On Monday, 60 fires were still ablaze,... More »

Aussie PM: 'Devastating' Fires Are 'Absolutely Chilling'

100-plus wildfires blaze across New South Wales and Queensland, killing 3 and injuring dozens

(Newser) - Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing, and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, with the most intense in the... More »

'Sorrow Beyond Imagination': Japan's Shuri Castle Burns

Okinawa landmark was a World Heritage Site

(Newser) - A castle first built centuries before Okinawa was annexed by Japan has been devastated by fire. Police say a fire that broke out around 2:30am Friday has destroyed much of Shuri Castle, which was erected under the Ryukyu Dynasty around 500 years ago, the Guardian reports. The wooden structure,... More »

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