The Latest: PG&E busy restoring power after wind cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on tens of thousands of people losing power in California because of wildfire danger (all times local):
California utilities are restoring electricity to tens of thousands of people after intentionally cutting their power because of concerns ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities took the rare step of cutting power to customers amid high winds — and another power provider was considering similar action.
The move came as strong winds swept California, knocking ...
Massive fire visible from miles away destroys old mill
MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — The remnants of a dramatic fire that created billowing smoke seen from miles away continued to smolder Monday at what remains of a former mill building.
More than 100 firefighters responded Sunday to the fire at a building that was filled with vehicles and ...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a man who tried to set a woman’s house on fire has been shot.
A police preliminary report states that Eric Wilson was shot by the woman’s father Sunday after arriving at her home and trying to set it on fire.
According to court records and ...
Police: 3 deaths in Oklahoma fire ‘definitely’ homicides
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police say the deaths of three people whose bodies were found after a house fire in Oklahoma are being investigated as a triple homicide.
The fire broke out early Sunday at a home in north Tulsa. Police Sgt. Brandon Watkins
BODEGA BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff’s deputy lost control of his patrol car during a high-speed pursuit and slammed into a house, starting a fire that destroyed the structure.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
NEW YORK (AP) — A firefighter has been seriously injured in a 30-foot fall while battling a blaze in the Bronx.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro (NY’-groh) says the Sunday night fire occurred in a Pelham Bay building where marijuana was being grown. The firefighter was admitted to a ...
Suncadia Lodge resort hotel evacuated as fire breaks out
CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — An early morning fire has forced the evacuation of the Suncadia Lodge resort hotel in Washington state.
Multiple fire agencies joined the fight after fire was reported around 2:15 a.m. Monday near Cle Elum, Washington.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a woman’s body found in a park in Ohio over the weekend was on fire when authorities arrived.
Police in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington initially reported that a body was found shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Burbank Park under what they ...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man has been found dead in his burning home in Louisiana.
St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux told news outlets the fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Monday at a home in Baton Rouge.
Ledoux said flames were through the roof and about half of ...
Firefighters: Natural gas explosion at home injures 9
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities believe a natural gas explosion at a Virginia home caused a fire that has injured nine people.
Chesapeake Fire Lt. Anthony P. Barakat tells news outlets that the two homeowners were hospitalized in critical condition following the “significant explosion” ...
Florida woman charged after boy left home alone starts fire
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged after she allegedly left an 11-year-old boy home alone and he started a house fire.
Volusia County Sheriff’s authorities say they found the injured boy home alone Saturday and took him to the hospital. He told authorities he was burning ...
PROVO, Utah (AP) — When thousands of Utah residents were forced to flee their homes during a wildfire last month, their pets were displaced as well and many ended up at an animal hospital.
Staff at the Payson Family Pet Hospital housed nearly double its normal capacity of animals as ...
Glacier’s Sperry Chalet slowly rising from the ashes
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — More than a year after it was gutted by a wildfire, Glacier National Park’s beloved Sperry Chalet is slowly rising from the ashes. This month, contractors are putting the finishing touches on the first and second floors of the dormitory building and the roof before ...
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a 59-year-old Iowa woman who died in a house fire last week.
The Scott County Sheriff’s office says Cynthia Webb died Thursday night in the town of Blue Grass in eastern Iowa.
Webb spent her career working for government agencies in ...
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Classes at Spanaway school canceled after weekend fire
SPANAWAY, Wash. (AP) — Classes are canceled Monday for students at Bethel Acceleration Academy in Spanaway, Washington after a fire broke out Saturday night.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two people escaped from a small airplane that crashed and caught fire at the end of a runway at the Gwinnett County Airport in Georgia.
Georgia news outlets say the plane’s two occupants were able to exit safely and were checked out at the scene of Sunday’s crash ...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Authorities: Deputy shot and wounded; suspect fatally shot
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say deputies were responding to a reported disturbance at a motel in Ohio when a suspect in the disturbance shot and wounded a deputy and was then fatally shot by return fire.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that the male ...
2 children killed in mobile home fire in Tennessee
MOSHEIM, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two children have died in a fire in Tennessee.
News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday morning in a mobile home between the east Tennessee communities of Mosheim and Greeneville.
Mosheim volunteer Fire Chief Harold Williamson says the ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfire danger is increasing as gusty winds blow through California.
The National Weather Service says Sunday that the warm, dry air could drop humidity levels into the single digits.
Warnings for increased fire risk have been issued across a swath of Northern ...
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have identified the baby and her 5-year-old sister who were killed in a Florida apartment fire.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue officials said firefighters arrived Saturday morning to smoke and flames coming from a third floor apartment. After extinguishing ...
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of an elderly man and woman found dead following a kitchen fire in their western Pennsylvania home.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office says 96-year-old Leslie Frost and 95-year-old Marianne Frost were found dead after ...
BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s national railway says the high-speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, a major travel artery, is expected to remain closed until the end of the week after a train caught fire on Friday.
Authorities say a technical fault caused the fire on board a high-speed ICE ...
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- Globe NewswireADT Supports Volunteer Firefighters During Fire Prevention Month With Major Contribution to National OrganizationOctober 15, 2018
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- BusinessWirePG&E Responds to Cascade Wildfire AnnouncementOctober 9, 2018
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Guatemala volcano spews ash months after deadly eruption
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire spewed ash and lava Saturday just months after an eruption killed at least 110 people.
The country’s seismology and volcanology institute said hot lava was spilling from the crater and flowing toward a ravine.
Constant rumblings from the ...
California braces for powerful winds, wildfire danger
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Potentially powerful winds combined with dry weather are raising the threat of wildfires in California.
State firefighters say they are preparing for “potential extreme fire weather” this weekend and into early next week.
The National Weather Service has issued ...
PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — For the second time this year, a large fire has torn through American Furniture Company in northern Pontotoc County.
Pontotoc County Fire Coordinator Adam Patton tells the
Tennessee woman charged with trying to burn adult and child
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to set a mobile home on fire with another adult and a child inside it.
Court records say 39-year-old Sarah Gladys Bowling of Knoxville was arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after ...
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Fire officials in Pittsfield say a home where an elderly couple died in a fire had only one smoke detector that was on a basement shelf.
The fire that broke out just before 4 a.m. Thursday killed 74-year-old Raymond Kinsella and 73-year-old Beverly Kinsella. The ...
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly man and woman were found dead following a kitchen fire in their western Pennsylvania home.
The Penn Hills fire marshal says the blaze apparently started in the kitchen Saturday morning as the two were cooking, and they were apparently ...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A report by a federal agency says some of the tactics used by the San Antonio fire department to battle a shopping center blaze last year that killed one firefighter made conditions worse inside the structure.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old man left his pickup truck with his clothes on fire after sitting on a non-lethal chemical weapon fired into the truck by Alaska State Troopers.
The man was treated for injuries and was not in custody Friday.
Troopers have recommended that state ...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire law enforcement officials have announced the arrest of a man on murder charges for allegedly starting a 2005 fire in New Hampshire that left one person dead.
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood said Friday in a ...
MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a house fire that killed a toddler in Menasha has turned himself in to police.
A criminal complaint alleges 29-year-old Vernon Williams was drunk and asleep when a 3-year-old, playing with a lighter, started a blanket on fire Sept. 6. ...
Body found in charred remains of eastern Iowa house
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officials in eastern Iowa say a body has been found in the charred remains of a house fire.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies and rural firefighters were called Thursday night to a fire along a gravel road just west of Davenport. ...
Authorities investigate cause of fatal Sparks house fire
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal house fire in Sparks.
Flames and smoke were pouring from the house when firefighters arrived about 9:50 a.m. Thursday at the two-story residence in east Sparks near the Northern Nevada Medical Center.
One person ...
BOSTON (AP) — The utility company involved in last month’s explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities have been ordered by state regulators to halt all non-emergency natural gas work.
The moratorium imposed Friday by the Department of Public Utilities covers all parts of the ...
The Latest: California warehouse fire hearing delayed
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on court hearing on fatal California warehouse fire (all times local):
A judge’s vacation and miscommunication led to another delay in the court case connected to a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people two years ...
REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with lighting his own home on fire, grabbing a rifle and waiting outside because he was upset that his ex-wife was dating a firefighter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge’s vacation and miscommunication led to another delay Friday in the court case connected to a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people two years ago.
Attorneys for Derick Almena, one of two men charged criminally, had planned to urge a judge ...
House explodes, burns near Grand Junction; no one hurt
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A house near Grand Junction has burned to the ground after an explosion that rocked nearby homes, but no injuries have been reported.
The Daily Sentinel
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Wyoming have released the names of two people who died after a mobile home fire in Mills, west of Casper.
The Natrona County Coroner’s Office tells KTWO-AM that 73-year-old Earline Maxie died in the house early Monday while 83-year-old Oliver “Ted” Kersey, ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that torched several school buses in Providence is considered suspicious.
A spokesman for First Student, the company that owns the buses, says six to seven buses were destroyed in the fire reported at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and others may ...
Train catches fire in southern Germany; no injuries
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a high-speed ICE train caught fire on the journey between Frankfurt and Cologne, causing no injuries but leading to delays along the well-traveled route.
The fire broke out on the train Friday morning as it was near the town of Dierdorf. Police told the ...
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Visitation to Glacier National Park increased last month despite wildfire-related closures and travel restrictions on its main thoroughfare.
The Flathead Beacon reports ...
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A man who stole a trailer from a family fleeing a devastating Northern California wildfire has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Shasta County district attorney’s office says 20-year-old David Fuentes was sentenced Wednesday for burglary, unlawfully taking ...