Tag: fires

L.A. Declares Emergency As 200K Evacuate SoCal Wildfires

Intense Santa Ana winds fueling powerful Southern California wildfires have forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people across the region, with some 50,000 acres affected by the blazes. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, where more than 1,000 firefighters and others are trying to contain the fires that have…

Devastating Fires Rage On In Northern California, Killing 31

Northern California is still battling a cluster of wind-fueled wildfires that have spread across wine country north of San Francisco. Authorities said Thursday that at least 31 people have died in the fires, and hundreds are still missing. At least 3,500 structures are believed to have been destroyed, and several wineries have burned to the…

At Least 11 Dead, Dozens Missing In Devastating Fires North Of SF

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an emergency proclamation for three counties north of San Francisco on Monday as firefighters struggled to contain some 25 wind-fueled blazes raging through wine country. Authorities said Tuesday that at least 11 people have died in the fires, more than 100 missing-person reports have been called in from Sonoma…

6+ Dead as Massive Fire Rips Through 24 Story London Grenfell Tower

British officials said at least six people were killed when a massive inferno tore through a 27-story residential building in West London early Wednesday morning. A police spokesman said that number was expected to rise. The blaze erupted just before 1 a.m. local time, with residents thought to be trapped inside as at least 200…

Burning Tehran High-Rise Collapses, Kills 50 Firefighters [VIDEO]

The collapse of a Tehran high-rise building engulfed in flames killed at least 50 firefighters and injured at least 75 more people Thursday, state media reported. The Plasco, considered an iconic building in the center of the Iranian capital, was seen crumbling to the ground on live television after firefighters fought the fire for several…

At Least 36 Dead In Oakland Warehouse Fire [VIDEO]

The death toll from a deadly warehouse fire here rose to 36 and the search for move victims was placed on hold Monday after authorities determined the building was dangerously unstable for firefighters inching through the devastation. Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton told reporters a crew was working to stabilize the massive building so…

Man Charged With Arson for California’s Clayton Wildfire [VIDEO]

A 40-year-old man has been charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire in Northern California that destroyed 175 homes and forced mass evacuations. The suspect, identified as Damin Anthony Pashilk of Clearlake, California, faces 17 counts of arson for numerous fires he allegedly started throughout the past year. The most recent one, near Clayton…

California Wildfires Destroy Homes And Force Hundreds To Evacuate

Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Northern California that destroyed at least 175 buildings and forced about 1,400 residents to flee their lake community, authorities said Monday. The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, forcing the entire community of Lower Lake — located more than…

Fire Threatening 1,200 Homes In Central Oregon

Residents of Three Rivers subdivision have been notified to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice as a wildfire sparked by lightning continues to grow. The Akawana Fire broke out between Camp Sherman and Lake Billy Chinook about 13 miles north of Sisters Tuesday afternoon and had burned through almost 2,000 acres by Wednesday…

Canada’s Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size [VIDEO]

Authorities are concerned that the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray in western Canada could double in size by the end of Saturday. Over 88,000 people have already evacuated the area due to the blaze. Residents were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday once the fire reached city limits. Evacuees have been led in different directions by…

Kansas Wildfire Burns, Severe Storms Strike Indiana, Florida [VIDEO]

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history. The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of…

25 Dead, 100 Hurt in Saudi Hospital Fire [VIDEO]

A fire at a hospital in Saudi Arabia left at least 25 people dead and more than 100 injured, the government said Thursday. The fire at a hospital in Jazan, in the southwestern part of the country, is believed to have started in the first floor, which contains the maternity ward and intensive-care unit, according…

27 Dead in Romanian Nightclub Fire [VIDEO]

At least 27 people were killed and 180 injured after a deadly fire broke out and led to a stampede in a Romanian nightclub on Friday night. Roughly 300 or 400 mostly young people had flocked to the club to watch a metal band play. Witnesses have said there was only one exit from the…

3 Firefighters Killed in WA Wildfire [VIDEO]

Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters were killed Wednesday while battling a massive wildfire in eastern Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee said the men became trapped while battling a fire near the town of Twisp, while as many as four other firefighters were injured. The blaze quickly spread across 1,500 acres Wednesday and about 230 firefighters…

At Least 72 Dead in Manila Factory Fire [VIDEO]

Officials said Thursday at least 72 people were killed after a fire swept through a footwear factory in the Philippines capital Manila, according to the AFP. “They were lying side by side, but all I could see were their bones,” said senior superintendent Sergio Soriano. The fire broke out at the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory…

Massive L.A. Fire Shuts Down Freeways [VIDEO]

An early Monday morning fire in Los Angeles closed two freeways and destroyed an apartment building that was under construction. More than 250 firefighters are battling the blaze, which began at around 1:20 a.m. PT at a luxury apartment tower being built at 909 W. Temple St. The fire could be seen for miles, visible…

Protests in Philadelphia over delayed response time to fatal fire

Dozens of people gathered for protests in southwest Philadelphia, where a weekend fire killed four children and consumed a stretch of row houses. Fire dispatch records show several factors affected a timely response to the fire. The fire department’s response is now the focus of demonstrations in the neighborhood. Several people were reportedly detained after…

Fast-moving fire burns at 3,800 acres in California’s Napa County

A brushfire in California’s Napa County has spread more than 3,800 acres Wednesday after sparking Tuesday afternoon, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 30 percent contained. Fire officials said it isn’t currently threatening any major vineyards, but nearly 200 homes have been evacuated. Photo: A Cal Fire helicopter makes…

Military Jet Crashes Into Cali. Homes

Marine Corps officials say there are no injuries on the ground after a military aircraft crashed in a residential area in Imperial, Calif. Officials say the plane’s pilot ejected, landed safely and was taken to the hospital only for evaluation. Eight homes were evacuated and three homes were destroyed, officials say, but there are no…

Multiple fires break out in San Diego area

At least three different fires have broken out in the San Diego area as hot temperatures and dry conditions hit the region. A fire at Camp Pendleton has led to evacuations, a Marine Corps official said. Another fire is burning in Carlsbad and a third in San Diego’s North County. [10news]

Forest fire burns through neighborhoods in Valparaiso, Chile

A forest fire burned more than 100 homes in Valparaiso, Chile, on Saturday. The fire, which prompted a red alert for the area, forced thousands of residents to evacuate. People reported minor injuries and residents were treated for smoke inhalation as the fire burned through the port city. Photo: Houses go up in flames during…

Boston officials: At least 17 injured in 9-alarm fire

At least 17 people have been taken to area hospitals as firefighters battle a nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Boston Emergency Medical Services said. Earlier, the Boston Fire Department spokesman said three firefighters had been injured, one seriously. Officials say this is still an active scene. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph have been…

Russian Boeing 737 Crashes 50 Killed

A Russian Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning in the city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board, officials said. The Tatarstan Airlines flight took off from Moscow, and crashed about 450 miles east of there. It’s unclear what caused the crash. Reports said the plane lost altitude as it made a second landing attempt,…