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    Two Years Later Five are Charged for Retirement Home Arson

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five owners or operators of the Vallejo retirement home where three residents died in a 2008 fire have been charged with criminal violations, authorities said. The fire started accidentally when a spark from a cigar that Robert Bennett, a resident of Casa de Vallejo, had been smoking near an oxygen cylinder ignited the tank's oxygen, investigators said. Bennett, ...
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    Fire Marshal to Testify in Home Invasion Trial

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A fire marshal is expected to testify in the trial of a man charged in the killings of a woman and her two daughters in a Connecticut home invasion three years ago. Testimony is to continue Friday in New Haven Superior Court in the case of Steven Hayes, one of two men charged with capital felony, murder, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Woman, Dog Rescued from Cliff After 4-Day Ordeal

    WAIKATO, New Zealand - Custard the dog's four day ordeal on a ledge above the Waikato River turned to custard for one of her would-be rescuers with firefighters called to haul both man – and later dog – to safety. Richard Gould's first attempt to retrieve neighbour Chele Clarkin's five-year-old golden labrador from a ledge on a cliff above the Waikato ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF Loses Home in Blaze; No Hydrants In the Area

    A Lancaster County firefighter lost his home in a fire early Monday. Eric Reisinger said he, his girlfriend, and his father were sleeping when the fire started, possibly in the garage of the house along Elizabeth Road in Washington Boro. He said he awakened to the sounds of tires popping. Everyone escaped the flames, but the house was gone by time ...
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    Fire Officials Investigate Noose Incident at Academy

    DENVER - Denver fire officials are investigating the discovery of a noose by a black Aurora firefighter in a conference room at a training center used by both Denver and Aurora fire departments. The Denver firefighter who planted the noose at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy in Denver did so as a joke, said Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne. "It was ...
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    Firefighter Gets Lowered Into Well to Rescue Fallen 6 Year-Old Boy

    SHREWSBURY, MA - A 6-year-old Shrewsbury boy escaped with only cuts and scrapes over the weekend after he fell 20 feet into an abandoned well behind his house, firefighters said. The boy, who had just moved with his family to a house on Barrows Road a few days earlier, found the well Saturday afternoon while exploring his new home with friends, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Longtime Chief Retires After 34 Years on the Job

    NEWINGTON — After 34 years of fighting fires, Newington Fire Chief Roy Greenleaf is hanging up his coat for retirement. His office walls are bare, only a few nails and hooks left as reminders of the memorabilia that once hung there — his three purple hearts, his bronze star and a collection of patches from the various firefighter pipe bands he's ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Some Sobering Fire and Injury Stats About the Fourth of July

    SEATTLE, WA - More than 1,000 fireworks-related injuries and fires were reported to the state fire marshal's office in 2009, according to the Washington State Patrol. It found there were 1,236 reports received last year, mostly on July 4. They included 1,036 fires and 200 injuries. Most were caused by children ages 8 to 14, according to the State Patrol. Specifically, ...
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    Fire Crews Extinguish Blaze at UK Nuclear Weapons Base

    London, England - Fire crews have extinguished a fire at a nuclear weapons base west of London, the British Ministry of Defence said Wednesday. The fire broke out late Tuesday in "a building within the conventional non-nuclear explosives area" of Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire, about 45 miles west of the British capital, the Ministry of Defence said. The base ...
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    Dive Teams Find Two Who Jumped From Bridge; One Survivor

    BOSTON - One man died and another man survived after jumping from the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge into the Charles River Tuesday night, State Police said. The men jumped around 11 p.m. from the bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge, Sergeant Matthew Murray, a State Police spokesman, said. State Police troopers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney's office are investigating, Murray said. ...
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    Mail Carrier Saves Life On Route for Second Time

    AKRON -- Keith McVey has been delivering mail on the same route for 29 years. But he's proved twice now that he's much more than a postal worker. On Saturday, McVey was delivering letters along Carnegie Avenue, when he heard a call for help across the street. A man was trying to wake up his friend who was lying unconscious in ...
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    Dog Saves Woman's Life From Animal Shelter Fire

    SAN FRANCISCO - A dozen cats died in a fire that damaged the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society early today, authorities said, but a woman who lives above the animal shelter is crediting her pit bull mix with waking her up and saving her life. The fire broke out in a dryer at the shelter at 2700 Ninth Street in west Berkeley ...
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    CA Man Arrested in 1989 NH Fire That Killed Four

    CA Man Arrested in 1989 NH Fire That Killed Four
    CONCORD, N.H. — A recently created Cold Case Unit has brought criminal charges against a California man in the 1989 deaths of four family members in a New Hampshire apartment house arson, authorities said. David McLeod was arrested Wednesday in California on four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Carl Hina, his 12-year-old daughter, Sara, his wife, Lori, and ...
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    Firefighter Hurt Battling Chatsworth Commercial Blaze

    A firefighter was injured early Tuesday battling an intense blaze that destroyed most of an import business housed in a commercial building in Chatsworth, officials said. Firefighters responded to an alarm at 12:15 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Bey-Berk International in the 9600 block of Cozycroft Avenue. By the time co-owner Kurken Berksanlar arrived about ...
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    Former Ambulance Service President Charged with Theft

    NORTHCUMBERLAND COUNTY, VA - The former president of an ambulance service in Northumberland County was charged earlier this month with stealing from the organization. Now some in his community say this is becoming far too common. Investigators said Regan Yoder used his position and the borough credit card to buy personal items and now he faces theft charges. Yoder, 32, is ...
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    First Responders to Receive Back Pay in Lump Sum

    BOSTON - Boston firefighters will receive an average lump-sum payment of $29,000 because of retroactive pay increases included in the city’s new five-year contract with the firefighters’ union, city officials said yesterday. Some firefighters will receive significantly more because of their rank, seniority, and overtime; others will receive less. City officials said the payments, which will be sent to firefighters in ...
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    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run

    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run
    BOSTON - A 20-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident after responding to a medical call in Roxbury late this morning, the fire department said. Firefighters were putting gear back on the truck parked in front of 36 Edgewood St. at around 11:54 a.m. when a maroon Dodge Durango hit the firefighter, ...
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    Seven Injured NJ Firefighters Returning to Duty

    IRVINGTON — Seven firefighters injured while fighting a three-alarm blaze on Irvington’s Grove Street Tuesday evening all returned to duty, fire officials said. Although four firefighters were taken to area hospitals suffering from bruises, sprains and burns, all were released shortly afterward, Irvington Deputy Chief Pat Hand said. “They’re all going to be OK,” he said. The fire’s cause is still ...
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    Firefighter Injured In Blaze that Destroyed Three Homes

    TROY, PA - Two Troy Hill families lost their homes to fire this morning after a vacant dwelling between them burned to the ground. One Pittsburgh firefighter was injured when he slipped while climbing from a ladder onto the railing a 20-foot-high deck at the rear of one of the properties. The man, who has not yet been identified, may have ...
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    Some MD Firefighters to Get a Raise

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. [widget:news__wtop] Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay ...
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