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Fire Engulfs Building in Popular Tourist Area

Pre-dawn blaze breaks out on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

(Newser) - A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control, the AP reports. No injuries have been reported and... More »

LA Blast Triggers Criminal Investigation

8 firefighters remain hospitalized, 2 in critical condition

(Newser) - Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives, the AP reports. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's major crimes division were working with the city... More »

Blast Injures 11 Firefighters in 'One of Worst Scenes'

LAFD was responding to blaze at hash oil manufacturer when the building exploded

(Newser) - An explosion Saturday at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who had gone inside and on the roof to try to knock down a fire and then had to run for their lives when a ball of flames shot out the building and scorched a... More »

Infant Daughter of NY Firefighter Dies From Virus

4-month-old Jay-Natalie La Santa was the family's 'Warrior Princess'

(Newser) - For a month, little Jay-Natalie La Santa fought off the coronavirus that plagued her tiny body. On Monday, however, the 4-month-old daughter of New York City firefighter Jerel La Santa and his wife, Lindsey, succumbed to COVID-19, just hours after it appeared she'd turned a corner, per the Hill... More »

Man Who Found Brother's Body in 9/11 Rubble Has Died

Daniel Foley was with the NYFD for 21 years

(Newser) - It's a statement that brings chills even 18 years after the fact: "On the 11th day, Danny miraculously found his brother Tommy in the rubble at the World Trade Center." That's what an official with Rescue Co. 3 in the Bronx had to say of Daniel... More »

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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Soldiers, Firefighters Among 28 Dead in Avalanches

Rescuers were searching for 2 people missing in earlier avalanche when another struck

(Newser) - One disaster has followed another in eastern Turkey, where rescuers are among at least 28 people killed in two avalanches. The first struck late Tuesday in an alpine area of Van province, burying a snow plow and a minibus, reports the AP . The bus operator was reportedly trapped for 25... 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 »

3 American Firefighters Die in Australia 'Fireball' Crash

Aerial water tanker went down in New South Wales

(Newser) - Three Americans died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia's southern New South Wales state, officials say. Coulson Aviation in Oregon said in a statement that one of its C-130 Lockheed large air tankers was lost after... More »

Firefighters Save World's Only 'Dinosaur Trees'

Australian wildfire almost wiped out Wollemi Pines

(Newser) - Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials say. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before... More »

Bruce Springsteen's Son Rejects Family Business

Sam Springsteen sworn in as Jersey City firefighter

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen's son isn't following his father into show business, but it's not because he can't take the heat. The youngest of the Boss' three children was sworn in as a firefighter in Jersey City, NJ, on Tuesday. "It was a long road, he’s... More »

Firefighters Find Illegal Backyard Gas Station

Las Vegas firefighters uncovered the operation

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters have discovered what officials described as an illegal, homemade gas station in a backyard, the AP reports. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue shared images online of the makeshift gas station discovered by firefighters Tuesday showing two yellow tanks in the corner of a walled yard with a... More »

In Rare Move, US Sends Firefighters to Australia

Mass evacuations underway as danger rises

(Newser) - In 2018, around 140 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand helped fight wildfires in California and other western states. With wildfires now raging in Australia, the help is being repaid. Around 100 American firefighters have been sent to Australia over the last four weeks and at least 50 more will... 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 »

From Inside the Fire Truck, This Is What They Saw

Videos show apocalyptic scenes amid Australia blazes

(Newser) - From inside the truck barreling through burning trees, it looked like the end of the world. Sparks flew past the windows as crew members with Fire and Rescue New South Wales confronted a blaze south of Nowra, Australia, on Tuesday. Then suddenly, there was nothing but flames. "The crew... 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 »

'ScoMo, Where the Bloody Hell Are You?'

Australian PM ending Hawaiian vacation after deaths of 2 more firefighters in wildfires

(Newser) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was enjoying the Hawaiian sunshine while two volunteer firefighters died battling bushfires at home Thursday, prompting what Reuters calls a "rare" apology. "I deeply regret any offense caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave... More »

His Car Plunged Into Freezing River. Siri Played the Hero

'Hey Siri, call 911' helped Gael Salcedo get out of the river alive

(Newser) - A young Iowa man is thanking firefighters and Apple's Siri for getting him out of an icy river alive. Gael Salcedo, 18, was on his way to North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City on Tuesday when he hit a patch of ice and lost control of his... More »

LA Firefighter Racks Up $360K in Overtime in One Year

Audit finds 18 members of LAFD made more than $200K in overtime

(Newser) - A Los Angeles firefighter racked up an eye-popping amount of overtime pay last fiscal year, per an audit released Wednesday: $360,010. In fact, the audit by City Controller Ron Galperin reveals, more than 90% of sworn police and fire employees in the city got overtime (an average of $27,... More »

The Building Was Only 2 Weeks Old. Now It's 'All Over Creation'

One firefighter is dead, at least 6 injured after Maine propane explosion

(Newser) - A propane explosion in Maine leveled new construction that houses a nonprofit after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring at least six other people, officials say. The building in Farmington, about 85 miles north of Portland, had been evacuated after the... More »

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