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    Man Charged in Fatal NY Blaze

    QUEENS, NY - A 23-year-old Queens man was charged on Thursday with setting a fire that killed his pregnant girlfriend and her 2-year-old son, the authorities said. The boyfriend, Jimmy Humphrey, was charged with arson and assault, said Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney. The woman, Linda Anderson, 25, died early Tuesday, apparently in the fire at her home on ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Dog Wakes Owner During Fire at FL Home

    CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A dog reportedly woke up his owner during a fire at a Panhandle home. Fire officials say the blaze started just outside the Crestview house early Saturday morning and spread up the wall and into the attic. The home's owner, an Okaloosa County deputy, told authorities that his boxer woke him. He then looked out a window and ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire

    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy who allegedly told deputies he dropped a lighter as he was trying to smoke pot in a field Sunday sparked a 40-acre blaze that briefly threatened some 50 homes and forced evacuations before it was contained, authorities said. The boy from Saugus, one of four people detained in connection with the blaze, was booked ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    9-1-1 Dispatcher Suspended Over April Fool's Prank

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in Missoula who broadcast a false report of an explosion as an April Fool's Day prank will be suspended for one week but will not be prosecuted. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to establish criminal intent in the case. The request for an emergency response came ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Despite FD Protest, FL Church to Burn Holy Books

    Despite FD Protest, FL Church to Burn Holy Books
    GAINESVILLE, FL - A Florida church says it will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite the city refusing to issue a burn permit, Orlando's Fox35 TV reports. The Dove World Outreach Center said early this month that it would burn copies of the Islamic holy text on church grounds to mark the ninth ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Breathless Call from FF As Flames Rush Across His Home

    The first frantic call for help as a wildfire gathered momentum in the foothills west of Boulder came from a longtime firefighter who was helpless as flames burst across his wooded property, devouring trees and torching a propane tank. His breathless descriptions — captured on a dispatch tape — detailed the fury of a blaze that, by Wednesday evening, had charred ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Mail Carrier Honored for Putting Out Fire on Route

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Cedar Rapids mail carrier has been honored for putting out a fire in an apartment building on her route. Angie Martin was presented a certificate by Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Stephen Reid Monday. Reid says Martin prevented the fire from spreading and calls her actions "monumental." The Gazette says the 35-year-old Martin was delivering mail Nov. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Controlled Burn May Have Ended Gulfport Fire

    GULFPORT, Miss. -- A brush fire that kept reigniting for two days along Duckworth Road may have come to an end, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said. The Mississippi Forestry Commission conducted a back-burn along the roadside Friday afternoon, leaving little or no dry vegetation left to catch fire. The brush fire started Thursday on the south side of Duckworth between U.S. ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge

    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge
    BOSTON -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced the winners of its’ Firefighter Fitness Challenge, a 12-week challenge pitting over 160 firefighters in seven cities/towns (Arlington, Framingham, Hingham, Hudson, Ludlow, Peabody and Rockland) in a friendly competition to improve their health and wellness. Hudson, the winning station, received a $2,000 wellness grant today at Florian Hall in Dorchester. ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Emergency Fire Vehicle Stolen While Firefighter Attended Party

    BOULDER, CO - A Lefthand Fire Protection District volunteer firefighter at a party in Boulder had his Silver 2006 Doge Ram 1500 truck stolen Monday night. Police said the truck had an emergency light bar, firefighting equipment and Colorado firefighter license plates. "The biggest concern would be someone driving around with an emergency light bar and pulling people over falsely," Detective ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ambulance Software Glitch Blamed For Woman's Death

    PIERCE COUNTY, WI - A software glitch is the likely culprit behind a malfunction onboard a Red Wing ambulance that led to a woman’s death in April, according to ongoing investigations. Janice Hall, Red Wing, died April 22 while being transported to Minneapolis when the ambulance’s onboard oxygen system unexpectedly quit. The malfunction led to her death, according to a Dakota ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders

    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two U.S. Soldiers here have spent nearly a year working to boost not only the capabilities of Iraqi firefighters but their standing and reputation in the community as well. According to Lt. Col. Gary Esson, the senior fire service advisor and a native of Joplin, Mo., and Spc. Michael Burris, a fire service advisor and Fayetteville, N.C., native, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Grand Jury to Stockton: Reduce Fire Services

    Stockton firefighters could soon see fewer people on a shift. A report on minimum staffing levels for the Stockton Fire Department by the San Joaquin County 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury released Monday recommends the city reduce its staff on fire engines to three firefighters and staff and fire trucks to four. The grand jury also recommends the department create a relief ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    1978 Arson that Killed Eight Under Investigation Once Again

    1978 Arson that Killed Eight Under Investigation Once Again
    NEW YORK — A woman who lost seven children and her husband in a 1978 arson at their home near Albany was questioned again this week as investigators put renewed effort into solving the case. No one was ever charged for setting the fire 32 years ago in Cohoes. Detectives traveled to Okanogan, Wash., and spent several hours Wednesday questioning Virginia ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze

    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze
    CHESTERFIELD, NJ — A firefighter suffered a severe arm laceration from an electric saw while helping battle a three-alarm blaze at the site of the township’s new elementary school yesterday. He was in guarded condition late last night waiting to go into the operating room in Capital Health Regional’s trauma unit in Trenton. The volunteer for Chesterfield Fire Company was not ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Firefighters, Cops Boost Donations to the Troops

    FAIRFIELD, CT -- Maureen Janda was waiting until the collection box in the lobby at Fairfield police headquarters was full to make a delivery to Give2TheTroops. About a week and a half ago, Janda, secretary to the deputy chief, walked in and saw that the box not only was full, but overflowing. Turns out that Fairfield firefighters had done some shopping ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    New Fire Commissioner Promises to Embrace Older Black Applicants

    New Fire Commissioner Promises to Embrace Older Black Applicants
    CHICAGO - Mayor Daley’s appointment of third-generation firefighter Robert Hoff to replace ousted Fire Commissioner John Brooks sailed through a City Council committee on Monday — with a promise from Hoff to embrace older black applicants bypassed by the city’s discriminatory handling of a 1995 firefighters exam. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that African-American applicants did not wait too ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    BLM Offering Reward for Information on Laguna Fire

    Yuma, Ariz. -- After determining the 751 acre Laguna fire to be human caused, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward to the public for information that leads to a conviction. "Right now, it's under investigation to determine who started it and whether it was accidental or intentional," BLM information officer Pamela Mathis said Monday. "But regardless ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Resuscitate Pets After Home Fire

    Firefighters Resuscitate Pets After Home Fire
    LAKELAND, Tenn. - Pet oxygen mask helped save five cats and one dog in a Lakeland house fire. 14 other cats died after the fire broke out Tuesday morning. "The cats, by all outward appearances, appeared to have died," said Firefighter Brent Perkins. The pet oxygen masks were bought a year and a half ago, as part of a grant from ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    City Rejects Grant That Would Hire More FFs

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Grand Island has rejected a federal grant that would have paid the full salary and benefits for six new Grand Island firefighters for two years. The Grand Island Independent is reporting that the City Council allowed Fire Chief Troy Hughes to apply for the grant in June 2009. The city won the grant offered through the U.S. ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This