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    City Hopes to Halt Hydrant Openings Amid Heat

    City Hopes to Halt Hydrant Openings Amid Heat
    Columbus, Ohio -- City residents caused headaches for firefighters when some opened fire hydrants to cool off amid midsummerlike temperatures on Tuesday. Firefighters shut off about 50 fire hydrants across the city, Battalion Chief Michael Fowler said. Open hydrants are a problem every summer, he said, but the situation came early this year as the high temperature on Tuesday hit 93 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Suffers Severe Burns When Prosthetic Leg Set on Fire After Losing Bet

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A 47-year-old man's friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back. Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies found the man naked on the side of U.S. Route 70 with his prosthetic leg in flames. Deputies learned that the man and his ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Sledder, 62, Hurt When Improvised Rocket Explodes

    Sledder, 62, Hurt When Improvised Rocket Explodes
    INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 62-year-old sledder looking for a burst of power got it when the homemade rocket strapped to his back exploded, burning him over nearly 20 percent of his body. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday. [widget:news__firelinks_best] The man was hosting a Sunday night ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Bobcat Climbing Pole Sparks 5-Acre Brush Fire

    PIRU, Calif. — A bobcat climbing a power pole got electrocuted and sparked a five-acre brush fire in California's Ventura County. County fire Capt. Dan Preston told the Ventura County Star that the bobcat was apparently chasing an owl or another bird when it touched the power lines, caught fire and fell to the ground in a rural area near Piru. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Gang Forces Ambulance Driver to Give Them Ride

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities say criminals hijacked an ambulance and forced the driver to give them a ride to a slum in Rio de Janeiro before taking their patient to the hospital. Officials say armed men stopped the ambulance shortly after it picked up a mental patient in a shantytown in the city's north side. Carrying pistols and shotguns, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Man Sentenced In Fake Firefighter Attack

    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A Northern California man accused of posing as a firefighter to kidnap and rape a teenage girl will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Alfredo Flores of Brentwood has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison. The Contra Costa County judge who issued the sentence on Friday said Flores had shown ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Former Volunteer Firefighter Charged in Arson Killings

    Former Volunteer Firefighter Charged in Arson Killings
    EAST WINDSOR, CT — A former volunteer firefighter in Connecticut has been charged with arson murder in a 1986 fire that killed a local couple. Police say 48-year-old Peter Waraksa set the fire that killed 59-year-old Orie Weeks and his 57-year-old wife, Assunta Weeks, on Oct. 7, 1986. Police Chief Edward DeMarco Jr. and prosecutors say the case file in the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Oh Deer: 10-12 Point Buck Breaks Into, Damages Home

    Oh Deer: 10-12 Point Buck Breaks Into, Damages Home
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man says it didn't take him long to decide not to mess with the uninvited, antlered guest he found in his kitchen. Belleville resident Mark Page and his wife were sleeping Saturday when the sound of breaking glass and - was that hooves? - woke them up. [widget:follow_us] Page went downstairs to find a 10-to-12 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Charged With Looting Following Joplin Tornado

    JOPLIN, Mo. — The Jasper County prosecutor has charged one Kansas firefighter with stealing after the May 22 tornado. Prosecutor Dean Dankelson on Wednesday filed a misdemeanor charge of stealing against 25-year-old Matthew W. Page. Page was one of three Baxter Springs, Kan., firefighters dismissed in June for alleged misconduct while responding to the tornado. Fire Chief Les Page, the father ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Miracle Boy Survives Metal Hook Through Brain

    Miracle Boy Survives Metal Hook Through Brain
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A North Carolina family is thankful for their 17-month-old son's life after a gruesome household injury. Jessiah Jackson is free of any apparent brain damage after a neurosurgeon removed a metal part lodged two inches into the back of the boy's brain. According to the boy's grandfather, the toddler was standing on a chair outside their home ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Firefighter Marries the Woman He Rescued

    Firefighter Marries the Woman He Rescued
    UK - When Julia Sbardella's chip pan caught fire, the last thing on her mind was marriage. Her only concern was for the safety of her young children as she tried to battle the flames until the fire brigade arrived. But it was an emergency which would lead to her walking down the aisle after she was quite literally swept off ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Police: Son Set Father on Fire; Reason Unknown

    POLK COUNTY, FL - A 58-year-old man is in critical condition this morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center after his son doused him with gas in Polk County and set him on fire, officials say. Ronald W. Harris, Jr., 37, is accused of dousing his father with gasoline on Sunday and using a lighter to ignite the gas, the Polk County ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Man Finds Out He Was Shot In Head Five Years Later

    Man Finds Out He Was Shot In Head Five Years Later
    BERLIN (AP) - A 35-year-old man who walked around for five years with a bullet lodged in the back of his head says he suspected for a while something was there but only went to doctors after he started getting headaches. Robert Chojecki was partying on New Years Eve five years ago in the German town of Herne when he was ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Authorities: 83,000 Chickens Killed in Ohio Fire

    VERSAILLES, Ohio - Authorities estimate that about 83,000 chickens were killed in a barn fire at a western Ohio egg farm. WHIO-TV says about 70 firefighters were called out shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday to fight the fire near Versailles. The barn is on a farm owned by Kissinger Brothers Poultry and was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Fire officials say ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Accused of Making 7 Prank 911 Calls Arrested for Arson

    BOULDER CREEK - A man on probation for arson, who allegedly tried to burn down the Mountain Store in Boulder Creek on Saturday, was arrested Tuesday after making seven prank calls to 911. Three unidentified young men spotted the fire just before midnight Saturday and extinguished the flames sparing the building from significant damage. By the time deputies and Boulder Creek ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Escapes Ambulance After Cutting Off Own Ear

    Man Escapes Ambulance After Cutting Off Own Ear
    A prisoner had part of his ear cut off in a "calculated" sequence of events so he could escape from an ambulance in Greater Manchester, police have said. Michael O'Donnell, who had been sharing a cell with his brother, is on the run from HMP Salford after his ambulance was held up by masked men on Sunday. Greater Manchester Police believe ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Get Much Anticipated Pink Truck

    Firefighters Get Much Anticipated Pink Truck
    PLATTSBURGH -- The pink firetruck has officially arrived. After months of waiting, members of the Guardians of the Ribbon cancer-support group are now waiting to get their themed truck decked out with graphics before it hits the streets in support of various causes. Jim Garrant, president of local Guardians Chapter 14, hopes the truck will be finished by the end of ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Drunk Firefighter Takes Engine For Joy Ride; Nearly Hits Police Cruiser

    Drunk Firefighter Takes Engine For Joy Ride; Nearly Hits Police Cruiser
    HAMILTON, VA - It wasn't the most inconspicuous of vehicles to choose. But the lure of a fire engine apparently proved too much for a volunteer firefighter in Hamilton, Virginia, who allegedly took four colleagues on a drunken joyride at the weekend. Sean Swanson, 27, was arrested after he nearly crashed into a police patrol car as he sped down the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Man Charged After Running Over Firefighter With Car

    Man Charged After Running Over Firefighter With Car
    PEWAUKEE - A Pewaukee man was charged with a felony Saturday after authorities said he struck a firefighter with his Mercedes-Benz while trying to drive through a traffic wreck scene. Chris A. Younger, 37, was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with the incident Thursday. Firefighters said he tried to drive around an area blocked by traffic cones at ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -6
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    Retired Firefighter Wins $200K Lottery Prize

    Retired Firefighter Wins $200K Lottery Prize
    PORTSMOUTH - A retired firefighter has won a $200,000 lottery prize. Raynor Britt won the Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased for the Aug. 21 drawing, according to a news release from the Virginia Lottery. Britt matched the first five numbers using the birth dates of his four grandchildren, the release says. The winning numbers were 7, 10, 12, 22 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +5

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