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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 »

Cops: They Saved Meth Gear in Fire, Let Grandmother Die

Brothers charged with manslaughter in fatal May fire in upstate New York

(Newser) - Having saved their meth equipment from a burning home, two brothers went to buy cigarettes but left their 82-year-old grandmother to perish in the flames, according to authorities in upstate New York. Jarrett and Justin Gause are now facing manslaughter charges, reports WETM . Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says... More »

Girl, 5, and Baby Die in Fire After Being Left Home Alone

A 4-year-old is also in critical condition

(Newser) - Two small children died after they were left alone in a St. Louis apartment that caught fire and a woman is in custody while the blaze is investigated, authorities said. A 5-year-old girl died Monday at a hospital, a day after the blaze broke out at the Clinton-Peabody public housing... More »

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 »

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