Tag Archives: Fires

NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on set of Bruce Willis, Edward Norton film 'Motherless Brooklyn'

A massive five-alarm fire on the movie set of an upcoming Ed Norton and Bruce Willis film “Motherless Brooklyn” in New York claimed the life of a firefighter, Michael Davidson, late Thursday.  (Instagram – ien_santos / FDNY) One New York City firefighter has died and two have been seriously injured battling a blaze that broke out late Thursday on a ...

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South Korea hospital blaze kills dozens, first responders faced with wall of smoke

Firefighters work as smoke billows from a hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.  (Kim Dong-mi/Yonhap via AP) Eyewitness accounts of the fire that engulfed a South Korean hospital and nursing home early Friday—which killed at least 37 people and injured more than 100 others—revealed the chaos of rescue efforts as firefighters fought against the spreading smoke and ...

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South Korea hospital fire kills dozens of people

Firefighters work as smoke billows from a hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.  (Kim Dong-mi/Yonhap via AP) A fire swept through a hospital for the elderly in southeastern South Korea on Friday, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens in one of the country’s deadliest fires in recent years. The fire at Sejong Hospital in the ...

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Calm days bring gains on giant Southern California wildfire

LOS ANGELES –  Firefighters took advantage of calm winds in Southern California to reach 50 percent containment of a massive wildfire, officials said. “We’ve had a very productive day,” said Deputy Chief Mark Brown of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protections. “The weather conditions were just right for us.” Monday was the first of a two-day window of ...

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Residents flee as California wildfire nears Santa Barbara, Montecito

Strong winds drove one of the biggest wildfires in California’s history toward Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito Saturday, prompting residents to flee as authorities issued new evacuation orders.  The 404-square-mile Thomas Fire was moving rapidly westward and crested Montecito Peak, just north of Montecito. Known for its star power, the enclave boasts the mansions of Oprah ...

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Firefighters had to step aside as winds powered infernos

FALLBROOK, Calif. –  Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to run from six out-of-control fires that ...

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Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations around Los Angeles

The relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force more evacuations from a region where more than 200,000 people have already fled. Winds on Thursday morning topped 50 mph in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary after seeing ...

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Clearing ruins launches new phase in California fire cleanup

SONOMA, Calif. –  Rumbling bulldozers and front-loaders have started scraping up the ash, charred wood and crumbled bricks and concrete left from thousands of homes and buildings destroyed by blazes in California wine country, launching a new phase in the largest wildfire cleanup in state history. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors began the work this week in flattened, blackened ...

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