Residential fires

A tank burns as fire breaks out at a refinery in Crockett, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. A fire burning at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency that led authorities to order the residents of two communities to shelter in place and stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said that an hour into battling the blaze, firefighters seemed to be making progress and were continuing to keep adjacent tanks cooled with water. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 10:48 am
CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 7, 2019, file photo, Marie Chockley, a resident of the Timberline Trailer Court, north of Goodfield, Ill., surveys the damage that was caused by a Saturday night fire that killed five residents in a mobile home. A prosecutor says a central Illinois 9-year-old is expected to be charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deadly mobile home fire. (Kevin Barlow/The Pantagraph via AP, File)
October 08, 2019 - 6:59 pm
EUREKA, Ill. (AP) — A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, the (Peoria...
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Emergency personnel respond after a reported gas leak early Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in Lawrence, Mass. About 100 people have been evacuated from their homes and two schools have been closed in response to a natural gas leak in the Massachusetts city affected a year ago by a series of gas explosions and fires. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said the leak in a high-pressure line was discovered around 3:15 a.m. Friday and that the volume of gas released was in the "explosive range." No explosions or fires have been reported. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 1:35 pm
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of residents evacuated because of a natural gas leak in a Massachusetts city affected by gas explosions and fires last year will soon be able to return home. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said Friday that electricity and gas are gradually being restored and that the...
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September 26, 2019 - 11:51 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Kansas has indicted an Army soldier on charges that he distributed explosives information and threatened to set fire to a home. The indictment charged Jarrett William Smith with two counts related to the explosives and one count linked to trying to gain...
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Burnt out vehicles stretch across a parking lot from Monday's violent protest in Wamena, Papua province, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia's restive Papua province has risen after several bodies were found under burned buildings, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo)
September 24, 2019 - 9:35 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia's restive Papua province has risen to 32 after several bodies were found under burned buildings, officials said Tuesday. An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes...
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People gather as shops burn in the background during a protest in Wamena in Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Sept 23, 2019. Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia's restive Papua province set fire to homes and other buildings Monday in a protest sparked by rumors that a teacher had insulted students, and a soldier was killed in another protest in the region, police said. (AP Photo)
September 23, 2019 - 9:12 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student in Indonesia's restive Papua province, officials said. An angry mob torched local government...
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September 18, 2019 - 11:35 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It seems this love was too hot to handle. Police in Lincoln say a 19-year-old woman sparked an apartment fire Monday by burning love letters from her ex in her bedroom. Police say the woman used a butane torch to burn the letters and left some of them of the floor. She then...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 10, 2017 file photo, the chief of the Ukrainian Central Bank Valeria Gontareva makes a statement on her resignation during a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. Police said in a statement on Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019, that they are investigating a suspected arson attack late Monday on the house of Valeria Gontareva outside the capital, Kyiv, in the third chilling incident concerning the banker. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:58 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The home of Ukraine's former central bank chief has been burned to the ground, the third chilling incident involving the banker over the past few weeks. Police said in a statement Tuesday that they are investigating a suspected arson attack late Monday on the house of Valeria...
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September 11, 2019 - 6:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — Fire services say one person has died and two people were injured in an explosion and a subsequent fire in a residential building in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Officials said Wednesday that the cause of the explosion in the small apartment block overnight, which sprayed...
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August 29, 2019 - 3:11 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Firefighters in Norway are warning against recharging electric scooters indoors after a battery started a fire that tore through an apartment south of Oslo. Hans-Otto Schjerven, head of the Vestfold Fire Department, says rechargeable lithium batteries can cause "fires...
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