Fires around the world


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Major fire breaks out at battery factory in Olvio, Xanthi
GENERAL /Tuesday 1 May 2018, 17:04:51 / Last Update: 19:07 /
Fire-fighting forces throughout the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace region mobilised on Tuesday to put out a fire that broke out at a factory making batteries in Olvio, Xanthi. The fire-fighting effort was especially difficult due to the highly flammable materials stored in the central building, which caused minor explosions from time to time, as well as strong winds blowing in the area.

The sky turned black due to a plume of smoke rising from the fire, visible for several kilometres all around and filling the atmosphere with choking fumes. For this reason, authorities advised the area's residents to evacuate their homes as a precaution. The evacuation order was for Olvio and nearby villages, including Agios Athanasios, Thalassia, Tympano and Toxotes.

According to a later announcement by the factory owner Sunlight Systems on Tuesday evening, the fire that started at its factory at 13:00 in the afternoon, for as yet unknown causes, was now under control.

"Fully adhering to the emergencies system and safety procedures, the authorities were informed and all the employees are absolute safe and in good health. The fire brigade is making every effort to put out the fire, which is already under control. It is worth clarifying that there is no danger of toxic gases in the area. The company's management is in constant communication with the competent authorities," the announcement said.

The entrance to the city of Balakleyu
May 3, 2018
Из-за пожара на складе боеприпасов в Балаклее закрыли въезд в город
The entrance to the city of Balakleyu, which is located in the Kharkov region, was closed due to a fire in the ammunition depot. This was told by the city police spokeswoman Victoria Liutai, RIA Novosti reported.

"The entrance to the city is closed, everyone can leave," Lyutai said.

She added that while evacuation of local residents is not carried out, but if necessary, such measures will be taken.

Earlier it was reported that, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the fire began as a result of the fire of dry grass in the former storage. According to another version, as the source "112 Ukraine" informs, during the technical work the fire tank hit an explosive device. After that, there was an explosion, a fire started, and he led to a series of explosions of ammunition. ■

112 Украина Published on May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

Firefighters battle huge recycling plant fire in Ciudad Juárez
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Sixty firefighters and many more municipal employees continue to battle a fire at a recycling plant in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
The fire started about 2:30am, sending thick plumes of black smoke over a large part of the city.
It has since been brought under control, but firefighters were still attempting to suffocate the blaze as of mid-afternoon today.
A Pemex facility, a factory and two nearby homes were initially threatened by the flames, but there have been neither casualties nor property damage reported.
Ciudad Juárez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvídrez earlier called on residents whose homes were located under the smoke to leave their homes.
“This black smoke is highly contaminating,” he said.

Authorities said that between 7,000 and 8,000 bales of recycling material, composed mostly of plastic, clothes and cardboard, were burning at the facility. The materials had been compacted, making it hard for water to penetrate.

Blaze Burns Through Forest View Recycling Facility
CBS Chicago Published on May 2, 2018
Firefighters spent several hours overnight battling huge flames at a southwest suburban recycling plant. CBS 2's Lauren Victory report

In the Moscow business center people were evacuated because of a fire: video
В московском бизнес-центре эвакуировали людей из-за пожара: видео
16:08 05/04/2018
As a result of the incident, no one was hurt.
Almost 20 people were evacuated from a three-story business center in Moscow.

According to the information of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the capital, the fire occurred at the address: 3rd Pavlovsky Pereulok, house 22. As stated in the department, the wooden crate of the roof of the building caught fire on an area of 50 square meters.

In the Ministry for Emergency Situations, a fire report was received at 12:58 Moscow time. At 13:20 the fire was localized, and at 13:48 it was liquidated.

As a result of the incident, there are no victims. Seven units of equipment and 26 personnel were working on site. ■


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22 injured after flash fire at plant near Pasadena
Pasadena Fire Department says at least 22 people were injured following a flash fire at a plant near Houston.

The fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. at Kuraray America, Inc. plant located at 11500 Bay Area Blvd.

Authorities say 20 people were injured ranging from knee injuries to burns, and two other people were transported by life flight to the hospital in stable condition.

A Pasadena fire official told Eyewitness News that the flash fire was caused by a broken valve.

Plant officials are working with local officials to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

CBS Philly Published on May 18, 2018
Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire.

Los Angeles Published on May 18, 2018
Officials have lifted evacuations for a massive brush fire which broke out in the Winchester area of southwest Riverside County Thursday.

A military source from Hama airbase told SouthFront that all of these claims are false and revealed that the explosions were caused by a fire that was set up by local farmers who were trying to burn the arid grass near the base. The fire reached the ammo depots first and the fuel depots were the last to explode, contrary to what Saraya al-Jihad claims, according to the source.

Syrian pro-government sources also confirmed that the explosions in the Hama airbase injured several soldiers of the SAA, but none were killed, which also confirm that Saraya al-Jihad claims are false.

Local observers believe that Saraya al-Jihad and its statement are nothing more than a propaganda stunt, which was likely orchestrated by radical activists to raise the moral of the Syrian opposition supporters.

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SF Bay Area Published on May 20, 2018
Residents of Santa Rosa's Wildfire-Ravaged Journey Mobile Home Park Still Can't Go Home

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SF Bay Area Published on May 25, 2018
Jessica Flores reports on fiery big-rig crash in Crockett that snarled I-80 traffic for hours

CHP: Fatal accident at same I-80 exit as earlier big-rig crash in Crockett
Updated: May 25, 2018 06:40 AM PDT
2 crashes, 1 fatal, on EB 80 before Carquinez Bridge
CROCKETT (KRON) - An accident at the same location as a big-rig crash in Crockett has turned deadly Friday morning, according to California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 3:55 a.m. just west of the Pomona St. exit on eastbound Interstate 80.

This is the same location where a big-rig flipped over and caught fire a few hours prior.

All lanes were closed due to the big-rig crash.

It is unclear if the lane closures were a direct cause of this second accident.

CHP has not identified the victim.

Further details about how the crash happened were not immediately made available.
UPDATE: There was a 2nd crash behind the *Major Big Rig Accident* that resulted in a **Fatality**. Two separate accindents in the same area. Still backed up beyond Cumming Skwy.
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Published on May 25, 2018
A south Sacramento business was destroyed by an early morning fire on Friday.

Sacramento Published on May 25, 2018
An Oakdale mobile home caught fire after a tree near it was struck by lightning.

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The Denver Post Published on May 31, 2017
A fuel tanker burst into flames on Interstate 25 in Colorado. The fire closed the highway between Orchard Road and Belleview Avenue in both directions on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. This video shows the truck before it catches fire, you can see a man jumping from the truck.

Fire at Hardester's Market in Middletown a major disruption
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 29, 2018, 1:11PM
MIDDLETOWN — Hardester’s Market & Hardware is not the center of Middletown’s universe but for generations the Lake County town and its environs have revolved around it.

The family-owned market destroyed by a Memorial Day fire was more than a place to pick up a quart of milk or a deli sandwich — it was a symbol of hope.

Opened in 1943 and in its metal building on Calistoga Road since 1960, the Hardester family has owned the market for three generations, and was gearing up to celebrate the store’s 75th anniversary in about three weeks at the Middletown Days parade.

It was a major employer, providing jobs to about 100 people, plus another 50 at its smaller stores in Cobb Mountain and Hidden Valley Lake, and not only gave to schools and other community organizations, but provided more than $2,000 a month in donated food to the local senior center, which feeds about 100 people a day with its lunch and Meals on Wheels programs.

As the 2015 Valley fire laid waste to much of the surrounding residential area, the market somehow survived, reopening the next day with its lights on with a generator and food given to locals on the honor system.

“You always had Hardester’s … sure they can rebuild, but with it came the stability,” said 76-year-old Mary Madigan, a Hidden Valley Lake resident and frequent shopper at the market. “It was there when everything else was burning. What do you do now? Where are your heroes?

Similar questions were being asked by many others Tuesday across the town of about 1,300 residents.

Holly Lacy, a 31-year-old Middletown native who worked at the store as a full-time manager, was out on medical leave, but received texts about the fire from friends and coworkers. It still feels like a bad dream, she said.

“It was a pillar in the community,” Lacy said, watching a bulldozer Tuesday move twisted metal as firefighters hosed down hot spots. “No matter what was going on, they always helped out. Their No. 1 priority is their employees.”

Lost jobs are a concern for Beth Rudiger, president of Middletown Area Merchants Association and owner of Lake County Jazzercise. Some merchants saw up to a 30 percent loss in business after the Valley fire, and there aren’t enough other shops in town to provide work for recently displaced workers.

“The worst case scenario is that Middletown becomes a ghost town,” she said. “That has crossed my mind already in the last 24 hours. Will we be able to weather this? It’s huge.”

The market will be rebuilt in its same location, owner Ross Hardester, 47, said, but it’s unclear just how long that will take.

“We’re definitely going to rebuild, it’s just going to take time,” he said. “The community got us to where we are. The Valley fire was tough on our community. So many people lost homes, but the community stepped up, huge. … people are so supportive.

“People are going to have to go find jobs and we’re going to do everything we can to help them. Hopefully, someday, they can come back and work here again. To me, that’s our biggest challenge is those 100 people. It takes time to rebuild.”

Cal Fire's Mike Wink talks about the Hardester’s Market fire

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Caltrans said Southbound Highway 99 was closed at Westside Boulevard after a tanker truck overturned, causing a large fire on Applegate Road near the freeway. According to a Cal Fire official, a tanker truck ran off Highway 99, crashed, and exploded into flames. CHP said the driver died. Video - Guy Vesco.

Published on May 31, 2018
Firefighters are continuing to battle several wind-driven wildfires that broke out near Byron in eastern Contra Costa County Wednesday afternoon. Jessica Flores reports. (5/31/18)

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Police: Dump truck driver skipped truck check before fiery Santa Rosa crash
June 3, 2018, 6:28PM

The driver of a runaway dump truck that crashed into traffic as it carried fire debris down a Fountaingrove hill — paralyzing a Santa Rosa woman and injuring six others — was responsible for the fiery wreck because he failed to maintain working brakes, Santa Rosa police officials said Sunday.

Driver Francisco Alberto Rodriguez, 45, of Sunnyvale skipped a routine inspection of the truck before he set out early Feb. 5 to begin hauling debris from burned home sites to the dump, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Chad Heiser said.

Police officials Sunday announced the completion of the department’s four-month investigation into the 10-vehicle crash, which found the driver committed a vehicle code violation for failing to maintain brakes in good working order, an infraction that brings fines but no jail time. Heiser said they found no criminal negligence, but the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office will review the report to determine if there was any criminal violation.

“It’s more of a civil liability issue than a criminal issue,” Heiser said Sunday. “It’s an accident. Something bad happened and it caused damage and injury in this case. There wasn’t anything obvious we could point to for criminal negligence.”

The findings suggest any repercussions for the incident will be determined through civil proceedings. At least three crash victims have filed civil lawsuits in Sonoma County Superior Court against Rodriguez, his employer and the other companies involved in subcontracting and loading debris trucks.

A lawyer for Rodriguez and his company, Flores Trucking Co., couldn’t be reached Sunday. A representative for ECC, a Burlingame-based government contractor working to clear burned residential lots, also couldn’t be reached.

The crash occurred at 9:25 a.m. when Rodriguez was driving a company vehicle, a four-axle 2009 Kenworth heavy-duty truck, down Fountaingrove Parkway toward Mendocino Avenue, a Santa Rosa intersection bustling with an endless stream of trucks hauling debris from Santa Rosa’s fire-ravaged Fountaingrove neighborhood.

The driver later told police his brakes failed as he headed toward the intersection and couldn’t stop.

The truck barreled through a red light at Mendocino Avenue and slammed into multiple vehicles, catching several on fire. The fire incinerated the dump truck, three vans and two pickups, leaving behind a mangled mess of burned debris across the roadway.

Three of seven people hurt in the chain-reaction crash were critically injured, including Barbara Schmidt, 76, who had lost her home on Riebli Road in the October firestorm, as well as her passenger and longtime friend Cheryl Strong, 72, of Windsor.

Schmidt suffered extensive internal injuries and is now paraplegic, said her attorney Cynthia McGuinn with San Francisco law firm Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn. The crash upended the lives of Schmidt, her wife and their daughter, already uprooted by losing their home to the Tubbs fire, McGuinn said. Schmidt resides in a long-term rehabilitation center but has been hospitalized several times due to ongoing complications from her injuries, she said.

“Her life is inexorably changed. Her wife’s life is changed. Their daughter’s life is changed,” McGuinn said. “She’s going to need a lot of care and support. Her life isn’t going to look like it was.”

The damage to the truck hampered the investigation but officers were able to inspect the wheels and brakes, though not the braking system, Hesier said.
The driver told police the brakes seemed to be working properly
when he started working the morning of Feb. 5 but began to fail as he headed downhill with a load of debris from a Fountaingrove site, the sergeant said.

The Press Democrat revealed in April that a special team of CHP crash investigators determined only five of the truck’s eight brakes worked properly and the vehicle was overweight, findings disputed by the company that subcontracted with the driver’s employer, Vallejo-based Flores Trucking Co. The CHP team was brought in to assist Santa Rosa police because it has expertise in collisions involving commercial trucking, and the findings are included in the Santa Rosa police report.

Those investigators also found the truck driven by Rodriguez was overdue for service and above its Department of Transportation-set weight limit.

Heiser said Flores Trucking Co. received an “unsatisfactory” rating during a spot inspection after the Feb. 5 crash. Investigators weren’t able to establish a history of prior violations “because, quite honestly, they hadn’t been inspected for quite a while,” Heiser said.

Heiser said he couldn’t release the Santa Rosa police report Sunday or provide additional details because the records department needed to review it before dissemination.

“There were actions taken and not taken that could definitely point to some civil liability and negligence,” Heiser said. “But that’s out of the realm of the police department.”

But ECC, a contractor on the government-directed cleanup of debris from the October wildfires, disagreed with those findings. A company executive said in April the truck recently had its brakes serviced and claimed the vehicle was carrying a load within its allowable weight limit on the day of the crash.

McGuinn said Schmidt and her wife Nikki Winovich have not yet filed for punitive damages in their civil lawsuit, but they will consider that step if the police investigation shows the driver or the companies involved demonstrated a willful disregard for the safety of others.

“If the brakes weren’t maintained and the truck was overloaded, all of those things show a reckless disregard for public safety,” McGuinn said.

Police say dump truck driver skipped inspection before Santa Rosa crash
Updated 1 hr 29 mins June 5, 2018
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After fiery wreck, a loaded question: Who enforces debris truck weights?
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SF Bay Area Published on Jun 2, 2018
Firefighters gain control of massive scrap yard fire in Oakland

Fire at Oakland recycling plant sends black plume into sky
Updated 6:33 pm, Saturday, June 2, 2018
A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at a metal recycling center at the Port of Oakland, sending a black plume of smoke into the sky that was visible from around the bay.
Fire officials cautioned people to avoid the area surrounding the plant, Schnitzer Steel, which is located at 1101 Embarcadero West, near Jack London Square. The blaze was reported just before 4 p.m. No one has been injured.

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Firefighters battle Schnitzer Steel yard blaze until early Sunday (photos)
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At least 11 injured from blast at storage facility in France's Strasbourg - local media

Edited time: 6 Jun, 2018 08:33

Published on Jun 5, 2018
Propane tank explodes explodes, goes airborne in fire at Schellville pallet factory
100 firefighters from Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties. Video by Dave Cannon.
Firefighters on the ground and in the air were battling a large fire at a pallet manufacturer in Sonoma Tuesday afternoon. (6/5/18)

Red forest blazes in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl
Рыжий лес полыхает в зоне отчуждения в Чернобыле
06:19 06.06.2018 Video
Aviation of the State Service of Ukraine for emergencies has already poured out about 100 tons of water to the fires, but the incident is complicated by the strongest gusts of wind


In Chernobyl, the so-called Red Forest burns - the most polluted part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Torches were found at the site of ignition, 112 Ukraine reports.

As the chairman of the State Emergency Situations Service Nikolai Chechetkin noted, currently the investigation establishes the ownership of these torches, and also checks information on whether they are related to the fire.

Local fire services are currently continuing to extinguish the forest. It is specified that the aviation of the State Service of Ukraine for emergency situations has already poured out about 100 tons of water to the fires, but the incident is complicated by the strongest gusts of the wind.

Rescuers have so far managed to halt the spread of the fire, reducing the fire area from 12 to 6 hectares. At the same time, it is reported that the radiation background admissible values do not exceed.

As the site "" notes, residents of Kiev are advised not to open the windows. However, local authorities do not make any cautious statements. ■

Wildfire season kicks off with more than 12 fires across 5 states
Published on Jun 3, 2018

Published on Jun 5, 2018
Newly released footage from October shows the harrowing escape of Brookdale Fountaingrove residents as the city bus used in their evacuation drives through the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa
Lightning strike ignites wildfire in wheat field near Perry, Oklahoma
Published on Jun 4, 2018 / 2:07
A single lightning strike from a developing thunderstorm near Perry, Oklahoma started a large fire before the fire department attacked and snuffed out the flames. Sadly it looks like this farmer lost some of his crop. I am currently on my way to central/eastern North Dakota to chase the supercell and tornado threat this Tuesday late afternoon/evening

Published on May 21, 2018 Liam Pattison Photography / 13:32
Around noon on Saturday May 19, 2018,
fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at Christie’s Office Plus, which was an office supplies store, and was one of the oldest buildings in Brandon. The building on 7th St. and Pacific Ave was fully involved upon arrival. Fire crews tried their best to contain that fire, but the fire soon spread to multiple other major structures due to wind and explosions causing embers and burning pieces of debris to fly throughout downtown Brandon.

Massey Manor’s roof (a 4 story living complex), almost directly across from Christie’s on 6th and Pacific caught fire along with a smaller 1 story strip mall-type structure to the east of Christie’s (housing Collyer’s Sales and Services, Kazic Kontracting and Brandon Boxing Club). A fire also started on the west side of the “Cold Beer Store” on 5th St. and Rosser Ave and was fully engulfed with flames within minutes. Police officers were trying to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers prior to the arrival of fire crews.

Office of the Fire Commissioner, CFB Shilo Fire Department, Souris Fire Department, Oakland/Wawanesa Fire Department, and Manitoba Hydro's Brandon Generating Station Emergency Response Crew all came into town for mutual aid to help Brandon with fighting the multiple major structure fires in the downtown core.

Quint and OFC's Ladder #1 were set up at various locations providing master stream support. OFC Ladder #1 was first deployed to the 5th St. and Rosser Ave fire, while Quint stayed at the original location of 7th-6th St. and Pacific Ave to battle those fires. OFC Ladder #1 later moved down to the Pacific Ave location to provide support there.

At this point, there have been NO reports of fatalities or injuries in regards to these fires, which is very impressive considering the magnitude of this event. Great job by all involved to contain these massive fires as best as possible. All fire crews involved saved downtown Brandon.

This incident will be remembered in Brandon's history, and is one of, if not, the largest emergency event in the city's history. At least 4 major structure fires, and multiple personnel and fire crews on scene. Sad situation, but impressive to see the work of our fire crews, and surrounding area fire crews and other resources such as Manitoba Hydro and police doing work.

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May 15, 2018 / 16:44
Another one. faulty sprinkler and fire alarms blamed just like the Russian mall fires

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RAW: Gas cylinders explode at filling station in China
A fire at an acetylene cylinders filling site of a gas company was put out and massive gas blasts were avoided in Wuxi City of east China's Jiangsu Province on Monday. No one was injured in this accident, and the cause is still under investigation


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Major fire at luxury hotel near London's Hyde Park, black smoke spreading over city
Edited time: 6 Jun, 2018 15:41
Almost 100 firefighters are at the scene of a “major” fire at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park in the wealthy borough of Knightsbridge.

Fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters are currently at the scene trying to extinguish the blaze, London’s Fire Brigade has reported.
Transport for London said roads have been closed as emergency services deal with the incident.

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Eyewitness images reveal devastation of Colorado wildfires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: 11 Jun, 2018 15:11 Tweets
Authorities have issued a forest-wide closure order in Colorado, warning residents and ramblers to stay out of the forest while the threat of wildfires remain high.

Firefighters are braced for more dry weather as they battle to put out raging wildfires in the Centennial State.
A number of fires have plagued parts of Durango and local authorities warning that parched conditions in the area look set to continue. The area bordering New Mexico is known for its acres of natural parks and forests.

With fires still burning, wooded areas could be off limits for the rest of the week as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets ready to enforce a forest closure order.

“Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire or spark could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care, or with human life and property,” the USDA said.

One blaze about 13 miles north of Durango has reportedly doubled in size in just 24 hours, according to CBS Denver. Images from the area show thick plumes of smoke rising from the mountainous region


La Plata County has informed residents that fires intensified near the San Juan National Forest on Sunday.
“Large smoke columns and flames could be seen today as fire behavior intensified near the Lower Hermosa Campground and burned conifer stands. Multiple aircraft are actively dropping water and retardant at this time,” county fire officials said.

Sausalito fire damages 2 buildings, injures firefighter
06/10/18, 11:17 PM PDT

A two-alarm fire in Sausalito scorched two buildings, damaged six apartments and injured a firefighter on Sunday, a fire official said.

The fire broke out at about 6:30 p.m. in a building on Princess Street at the intersection of Bridgeway. The fire spread up the exterior, into the wall and up to the attic, said Mill Valley fire Battalion Chief Scott Barnes.

The flames then spread across a narrow alley to a neighboring building that includes a ground-floor Starbucks.

The fire burned electrical panels in the alley, and a Southern Marin firefighter working in the passage started to feel tingling from the feet to the waist, Barnes said. The firefighter walked out and was taken to Marin General Hospital for examination, then released.

The fire caused smoke, fire or water damage to six apartments and the Starbucks. None of the occupants was injured.

The apartment residents were unable to return to their homes Sunday night.

“This fire could have been much worse,” Barnes said. “We were able to get water on the fire fast and get it stopped.”

The cause remained under investigation late Sunday.

Traffic was restricted in the area for much of the night.

Frankfurt airport fire sparks plane inferno fears (PHOTOS)
Published time: 11 Jun, 2018 10:29 Tweets
A fire on the runway of Frankfurt Airport sparked alarm on Monday with people thinking of the worst, including a plane inferno as thick smoke was seen rising from the area.

Images showing columns of black smoke billowing from the airport tarmac have appeared online, with some people fearing that an aircraft had caught fire.

Yet, the blaze, which in eyewitness pictures appeared to come from a passenger jet, was actually caused by a malfunction in an aircraft tow vehicle, according to local media reports

The fire has since been extinguished by emergency crews, with images of the aftermath showing blankets of foam sprayed over the damaged vehicle.

Nobody was injured in the incident, an airport spokesperson told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Fire Crews Knock Down Fire At Sausalito Starbucks
Brian Hackney reports on firefighters knocking down two-alarm fire at Sausalito Starbucks (6-10-2018)

12 Teens Injured After Explosion At Upstate Camp
New York Published on Jun 8, 2018
Flames burned through a bungalow in Monroe occupied by 12th graders from a Brooklyn yeshiva.

More Than 1,800 Homes Evacuated In Southwest Colorado Fire
June 10, 2018
(Reuters) - A Colorado wildfire nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday and prompted hundreds more evacuations as dry and windy conditions were expected to persist, officials said.

The so-called 416 Fire in southwest Colorado had burned nearly 17,000 acres by Sunday morning, an area larger than Manhattan. The fire located north of Durango was 10 percent contained, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said.

The fire had burned about 9,000 acres by early on Saturday, according to an aerial survey.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued on Sunday for approximately 675 residences, bringing the total number of homes under evacuation to almost 2,000, La Plata County, Colorado, spokeswoman Megan Graham said.

Law enforcement officials are going door to door and residents have been warned to leave via calls to their phones, text message and emails, Graham said.

Low humidity and high winds have left firefighters bracing for the fire to spread and the weather was expected to be dry and windy on Sunday.

Images on social media showed large plumes of smoke disseminating above mountains against a backdrop of blue sky.

A blaze known as the Burro fire prompted U.S. Forest Service officials on Saturday to close part of the Colorado trail in the San Juan National Forest.

In addition, an air quality health advisory was extended on Sunday due to unhealthy levels of smoke, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In 2017, a near-record 10 million acres (4 million hectares) were burned in U.S. wildfires, the National Interagency Coordination Center said.

The same agency issued a June forecast for "above-normal significant large fire potential" in Southern California and the Four Corners region of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, because of a deepening drought and ample fuel for wildfires.

Theresa May says she will 'always regret' not meeting Grenfell Tower survivors after the fire Video / 00:23 / 2 hours ago
Theresa May has admitted she should have met Grenfell Tower survivors in the immediate aftermath of the fire, saying not doing so was a mistake she will “always regret”.

The prime minister was widely criticised for meeting with emergency service workers at the site but not with survivors who had lost everything in the blaze.

In an article to mark a year since the fire, which killed 72 people, she admitted the immediate response to the disaster, including her own, was “not good enough”.

“I include myself in that. The day after the disaster I made the first of a number of trips to the site, thanking the firefighters for their work and holding a short meeting with the team in charge of the response.”

She added: “What I did not do on that first visit, was meet the residents and survivors who had escaped the blaze. But the residents of Grenfell Tower needed to know that those in power recognised and understood their despair.

“And I will always regret that by not meeting them that day, it seemed as though I didn’t care. That was never the case.”

Writing for the London Evening Standard, she said: “It was a tragedy unparalleled in recent history and, although many people did incredible work during and after the fire, it has long been clear that the initial response was not good enough.

Ms May visited the site of the disaster the day after the blaze and met with firefighters and police officers working at the scene. However, she was kept away from survivors and members of the public as aides feared she would be a target for the anger that swiftly developed in the hours after the fire.

She was heckled as she left the scene, with bystanders shouting “resign” as she stepped into her car and was whisked away.
A year on, Ms May said “real progress” was being made on rehousing Grenfell survivors and ensuring those found to be responsible for the disaster are held to account.

She said no decision had been made about what to do with the site of the tower but that it was her “personal commitment that the bereaved, the survivors and the community will lead the process” of deciding.

Ms May said she was determined to avoid another Hillsborough-type scenario, where survivors and families of the victims are forced to wait years to establish what happened.

She said: “This litany of obfuscation, evasion and delay must not and will not be repeated with Grenfell. That’s why I did not hesitate to set up the public inquiry that began taking evidence last month – and why, after hearing first-hand the concerns of those who lost relatives and friends, I decided to appoint extra members to the inquiry panel to broaden its experience and insight.”

To mark the first anniversary of the fire on Thursday, the charred tower, which has been covered with white material, will be illuminated in green for several nights, as will 12 nearby tower blocks, 10 Downing Street and other buildings across the country.

A series of vigils and memorial services will take place around the tower, while children from nearby primary schools will be invited to plant two camellia bushes in the garden of No 10. Local children will be encouraged to wear green to school on Friday as part of a “Green for Grenfell” day to remember the victims.


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ALERTWildfire is moving into Orange County with the first pair of cameras funded through Southern California Edison and the Orange County Fire Authority. UC San Diego and the University of Nevada, Reno are excited about this further expansion. Here's a 12 hour time lapse of the Aliso Fire from the Santiago West Axis camera
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A Santa Rosa woman rebuilding after losing her home in the Wine Country wildfires, missed her stainless steel sink so much she wrote to the CEO of Kohler to find a replacement. John Ramos reports. (6-9-18)


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100 residents evacuated after fire breaks out in Yishun flat; 2 men taken to hospital
Published Jun 24, 2018, 10:52 am SGT
SINGAPORE - Two men were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a flat in Yishun on Sunday morning (June 24).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire in the fourth floor unit at Block 663 Yishun Avenue 4 at around 7am.

Some 100 residents living in units up to the 12-storey block's top floor were evacuated as a safety precaution.

A 16-minute video posted by Facebook user Dahlia SenSasi shows dense grey smoke billowing from the unit into the corridor and to the flats above.

Bright, orange flames could be seen inside the unit, as firefighters arrive at the scene.

SCDF said that two fire engines, a Red Rhino, two fire bikes, an ambulance and three support vehicles were dispatched to the scene.
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Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

GERMANY EXPLOSION: At least 25 injured in blast sparking multiple fires
UPDATED: 16:20, Sun, Jun 24, 2018 Video
AN EXPLOSION destroyed an apartment building in Germany during the night leaving 25 people injured with firefighters still trying to get the blaze under control.

Among the casualties, four people have been described as severely injured by German authorities and were taken to hospital.
The explosion rocked a building in Wuppertal, a western city in Germany, shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Following the blast, several fires broke out in different parts of the building.

Firefighters were still attempting to tackle the blaze on Monday morning, but their efforts kept being frustrated by parts of the building that continued to collapse.

Witnesses reported hearing a large noise that scared them and those living in surrounding homes, leading many to ran out into the street in panic.

But some residents remained trapped inside the collapsing building and were only later rescued by firefighters.

A police spokesman said: "It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building.

"The rescue efforts are ongoing."


But later on Sunday morning authorities confirmed the evacuation had been completed, also thanks to search dogs.
A fire department spokesman said: "Now that human rescue has been completed, we're trying to keep the situation around the building stable."

The Wuppertal police also spoke of a "picture of devastation", as large parts of the building's facade crumbled onto the street showing the interior of some apartments ruined by the blast and the blaze.

And the attic and the top three floors were left almost completely destroyed by.

Specialist engineers were stabilizing the partially collapsed apartments to prevent it from completely falling.

Harrowing photos show a gaping hole in the row of apartments and piles of rubbles around the building.

The explosion prompted a police investigation to look into what caused it.

A policeman told local news website DW: "How this came to pass and what the background is, that remains completely unclear."

When asked whether the explosion was terror-related, police said they would not comment.

Northern California wildfire forces evacuations
SF Bay Area Published on Jun 25, 2018
Raw video of a wind-whipped wildfire in rural Lake County that forced evacuations in Spring Valley early Sunday. (6-24-18)


Photos reveal devastation of Pawnee Fire in Lake County
Monday, June 25, 2018

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Crews Contain Fast-Moving Brush Fire Near Mount Diablo
SF Bay Area Published on Jun 29, 2018
A fast-moving brush fire threatened homes and forced evacuations in Concord Friday afternoon before firefighters gained the upper hand,

Huge fire breaks out in 12th-floor flat in London tower block (PICTURES)
Edited time: 30 Jun, 2018 10:12
A huge fire has broken out in a 22-storey residential building in east London. It’s the second blaze to rip through a London tower block in just two days.

Smoke can be seen billowing into the sky from the 12th-floor flat in a block on Wellington Way, Mile End. The Fire Brigade confirmed half of the flat was set alight, but said rescuers had managed to reach the floor and bring the blaze under control.

Another witness claimed she could see the fire all the way from Shoreditch, and described it as “really bad.”

It comes after another huge fire erupted at a luxurious sixth-floor apartment in a tower block in Battersea, south west London, on Wednesday.

Flames and smoke poured out onto a balcony in one of the properties where apartments are marketed at £1 million each.

Evacuations ordered for fires in Lake, Yolo counties as smoke hits Bay Area
Updated 9:14 pm, Saturday, June 30, 2018
State fire officials Saturday ordered mandatory evacuations for parts of Yolo County after a blaze broke out in Rumsey Canyon along Highway 16, sending a stream of orange smoke into the Bay Area.

The wildfire ignited around 2:15 p.m. Saturday north of Lake Berryessa and expanded to 8,000 acres by nightfall.

Evacuation orders are in place for the area between County Road 63 and County Road 76, west of Highway 16, as well as the Murphy Ranch area, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said the blaze is expected to continue growing overnight.

Cal Fire called it the Guinda Fire initially but changed the name to County Fire. An evacuation center was established at Rumsey Grange Hall.

Smoke from the fire had reached as far south as the Peninsula and as far west as Petaluma, according to the National Weather Service.


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#WaverlyFire [update] off North Waverly Road and North Shelton Road, East of Linden, (San Joaquin County) is now 12,300 acres and 65% contained.


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Fires return to California wine country as flames ravage dry land

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Ash is once again raining down upon California's Bay area, as the parched land to the north ignites.

Not ten months after firestorms ravaged Northern California wine country, the flames have returned to the region. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, reports that the County Fire started at around 2:00 p.m. on June 30, and as of the morning of July 1, had rapidly spread to 16,500 acres.

The agency says 110 fire trucks have been deployed to the Yolo County area, which abuts California's famed Napa wine valley. Yolo itself is also rich in vineyards and tasting rooms.

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Both of these areas typically have hot, dry summers. Even so, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's U.S. Drought Monitor shows these regions are experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions. Meaningful rains aren't expected during the summer, and lacking winter rains left the region with about 30 percent less rainfall than usual, as of late June.

These parched lands, combined with hot temperatures and wind, fueled the County Fire, as well as others to the north, like the Pawnee Fire.

In October 2017, historic fires in and around the wine country burned down over 8,000 structures, killing 44 people. These flames were helped by "diablo winds" reaching 79 miles per hour and vegetation that had been turned to tinder, after being dried out by the hottest California summer on record.

More extreme wildfires are an expected part of California's future, as scientists say climate change has begun to lock into a cycle where "climate whiplash" is the norm. Under these conditions, the state will alternate between years of extreme drought followed by deluges of rain. And during times of extended drought, more wildfire is expected.

Already, the pattern appears to have emerged.

From 2012 to 2016, the state experienced its worst drought on record, and likely worst in centuries more. This was followed by a winter deluge, one of the wettest in the state's history.


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Massive fire under control at Phoenix Safeway, no injuries reported
Video 6:16 PM, Jul 11, 2018
The fire was reported in the back room of the store just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday near 35th and Northern avenues. An employee of the store had reportedly called 9-1-1.

No injuries have been reported in the blaze and fire officials say, "it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire or if weather played a factor in the roof collapse."

PHOTOS: Huge blaze rips through Phoenix Safeway

As crews arrived on the scene, they made a "fast aggressive" attack on the fire and began search and rescue operations while they cleared the store of employees and shoppers.

Fire officials say during this time a section of the roof collapsed which forced crews to pull back.

Video from Air15 showed huge flames and thick smoke spreading across the roof of the grocery store. Footage from ADOT showed the plume of smoke visible from several miles away.

After establishing an "all clear" firefighters then worked in a defensive strategy using several large water streams from elevated ladders to fight the fire and protect surrounding businesses connected to the store.

No additional businesses were affected by the fire, officials said.

Firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the night containing hotspots.

Phoenix police say traffic restrictions have been put in place as crews work to get the blaze under control.
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