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    Downed Power Line Burns CA Firefighter

    BODEGA, Calif.—Sonoma County Fire officials say a firefighter remains in critical but stable condition at a San Francisco hospital after he either touched or stepped on a downed power line. Fire Marshal Robert MacIntryre identified the injured man Monday as Ben Hakala, a longtime volunteer with the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Ron Albini tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Family Closely Watching Bear Fire Wildfire

    HOEHNE -- Family members living on the Roberts Ranch just north of the Bear Fire were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday as huge plumes of smoke from earlier in the week had shrunk to a light haze drifting over nearby rolling hills and mesas. The Roberts family has spent the week watching firefighters from several states battle the wildfire, which ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires

    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires
    WASHINGTON — Federal aviation officials have known for years that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire. But they haven't required airlines to fix the problem, even after dozens of incidents that unnerved pilots and, in many cases, forced emergency landings. Pilots have complained about heaters that burned, smoldered or sent electric currents dancing across cockpit windows since at ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Two Firefighters Injured As Fire Destroys Home

    Two Firefighters Injured As Fire Destroys Home
    Two firefighters received minor injuries early this morning while battling a two-alarm blaze in Kansas City, Kan. Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday night, fire crews were called to a house fire at South Minnie Street, near Southwest Boulevard, according to fire officials. The firefighters were injured when the structure around them began to collapse. The walls of the residence fell outward. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighters Battle Limestone Restaurant Fire On Fish Fry Night

    Firefighters Battle Limestone Restaurant Fire On Fish Fry Night
    ELKMONT, Ala. — An out-of-control grease fire ended Friday fish night at Country Boys' Cafe after flames engulfed the 3-month-old business, burning the restaurant to the ground, authorities said. Five employees and two diners safely escaped the business at 28941 Alabama 127 after grease from a fish fryer on the back patio caught fire shortly before 5:20 p.m. Elkmont Police Chief ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Los Alamos Evacuates, Lab Closes as Fire Grows

    Los Alamos, N.M. -- Thousands of residents fled the town that's home to the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory as a rapidly growing wildfire approached, sending up towering plumes of smoke, raining down ash and charring the fringes of the sprawling lab. The blaze, which began Sunday, destroyed 30 structures south of Los Alamos and forced the closure of the lab while ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Fast-moving Blaze Began as Grass Fire

    Fire officials say a three-alarm fire that destroyed a garage and four vehicles at a northern Vanderburgh County property Sunday morning started as a grass fire. Homeowner Thomas Wilson, 69, is the only person who lives at 9301 Old State Road, about a half-mile north of East Mount Pleasant Road, and he was not injured in the blaze. The fire was ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Scrap Vehicles Help Teach Firefighters New Rescue Tricks

    BURTONSILLE, MD - An abrupt crunch announced the severing of the last column connecting the roof to the frame of a Chevrolet pickup truck in a Rockville scrapyard Thursday evening as members of the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department braced their shoulders under the strain and prepared to remove the roof. Hefting what appears to be a gigantic pair of scissors in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty FF's Gear Swiped While Helping With Rescue

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials in Michigan are seeking the return of hockey equipment taken while an off-duty firefighter was helping a woman trapped in a burning car. Ann Arbor battalion chief Robert Vogel says Monday that the bag of gear either was taken from the bed of John Maguire's truck or plucked from the ground nearby where it had fallen ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned

    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned
    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County house where a man was operating a virtual bomb factory is so full of dangerous explosive material that it must be burned down, authorities said at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. "There is no viable method to render the property safe," Sheriff Bill Gore told about 300 residents gathered at a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    City Agreement Puts Eight Firefighters Back on the Job

    City Agreement Puts Eight Firefighters Back on the Job
    LAWRENCE, MA- Eight of 24 city firefighters laid off in July are being rehired immediately after Mayor William Lantigua and Lawrence firefighters came to a long-awaited cost-savings agreement yesterday. The Lawrence firefighters' union voted 57 to 7 to make $241,000 in contract concessions, which include each firefighter working 24 hours overtime for free and giving up a week's vacation. Firefighters voted ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fire Destroys Former Fire Chief's Home

    The home of a former Moseleyville fire chief was destroyed Monday morning, in a three-alarm blaze that required manpower from the Daviess County Fire Department and five volunteer fire departments. The fire, at the Ashbyburg Road home of former Moseleyville Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Chandler was reported at 2:06 a.m. Scott Smith, current chief of the Moseleyville Fire Department, said ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Food On Stove Ignites Fire That Kills Three

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina mother who died in a fire with her twin 3-year-old sons had left them alone in her house with food on the stove when the blaze broke out. Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. John Clark says 30-year-old Mary P. Brown of Charleston had left the house to pick up a friend Tuesday evening. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Second Fired FF Wins Back His Job

    DEKALB COUNTY, GA - A second DeKalb County firefighter dismissed after a fatal Dunwoody fire has won back his job, WSB-TV is reporting. A hearing officer ruled for William Jeffrey Greene when he appealed his termination last week, according to reports. Greene was one of the five firefighters fired when a blaze killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, hours after the firemen responded ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His

    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His
    FORT WORTH, TX - An off-duty Fort Worth firefighter was seriously injured when a man drove a stolen pickup into his vehicle Sunday morning, authorities said. Mark Puente, 25, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition following the 11:05 a.m. wreck in the 5600 block of Bryant Irvin Road near Southwest Loop 820, officials said. The driver of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Nine FFs Fired In Sexual Harassment Investigation

    Nine FFs Fired In Sexual Harassment Investigation
    SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA -It was a night of unwanted sexual taunting and touching in the place where she volunteers: The Station 1 firehouse with the Spotsylvania Fire and Rescue Department. "If you don't get hold of it and follow it up with criminal charges and prosecution it's just going to run rampant," says Lt. Col. Michael Timm with the Spotsylvania County ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Veteran Charged With Assaulting Off-Duty Firefighter

    BUFORD, GA — A Vietnam veteran in still incarcerated after an incident where he fired a handgun and assaulted an off-duty firefighter with a walking cane outside of his Buford home Thursday. The man, who police said is considered “50 percent mentally disabled” and possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reportedly fired his semi-automatic pistol in order to get the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors

    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors
    SEATTLE - The city of Seattle's attempt to overturn a $12.75 million judgment awarded to a former firefighter — using secretly shot video of the man chopping wood and playing horseshoes and bocce ball — unfairly distorts the actual injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall, his lawyers said in court papers filed Friday. Lawyers for Mark Jones argued that he ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    First Responders Free Boy With Head Stuck in Toilet Seat

    ESSEX, United Kingdom - Firefighters in Essex used cutting equipment to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had a toilet seat stuck on his head. The boy, from Loughton, had put the training toilet seat on his head but it slipped down over his ears. Firefighter Steve Seary said: "It was around his neck, but it wasn't causing him any difficulties. We ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This