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Man Who Sought Revenge at Wrong Home Pleads Guilty

Kevin Bui was accused of setting fire that killed 5 Senegalese family members in Colorado

(Newser) - A Colorado man pleaded guilty Friday to a house fire that killed five members of a Senegalese family in 2020 in a case of misplaced revenge caused by mistakenly tracking his stolen iPhone to the home. Kevin Bui pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. A plea deal reached...

Canadian Fires Already Causing Problems in US
Canadian Fires Already
Causing Problems in US
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Canadian Fires Already Causing Problems in US

Four states had air-quality alerts on Monday

(Newser) - Air-quality alerts from wildfires in Canada were in effect over four US states Monday afternoon, reports NBC News . Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota were affected, with conditions ranging from "moderate" to "unhealthy" under the air quality index established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fire Rages Through Iconic Danish Building

Citizens scrambled to save treasures from Copenhagen's Old Stock Exchange

(Newser) - A fire raged through one of Copenhagen's oldest buildings on Tuesday, causing the collapse of the iconic spire of the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange as passersby rushed to help emergency services save priceless paintings and other valuables. Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said it was "touching" to see...

At Least 29 Dead in Istanbul Nightclub Fire

Building was closed for renovations, but hadn't obtained a permit

(Newser) - A fire at an Istanbul nightclub that was closed for renovations killed at least 29 people on Tuesday, reports the AP . At least six people, including managers of the club, were detained for questioning after the fire at the Masquerade club. Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said the venue had not obtained...

UFC Icon 'Battling for Life' After Rescuing Parents From Fire

Mark Coleman saved them, then ran back in for dog

(Newser) - UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman is hospitalized and "battling for his life" after saving his parents from a house fire in Ohio around 4am Tuesday, his daughter says. Coleman, 59, "managed to carry both of his parents out of the house," she says. He then ran...

In Texas' Biggest Wildfire, Utility Issues a Mea Culpa

Xcel Energy says its facilities 'appear to have been involved' in starting the Smokehouse Creek Fire

(Newser) - The utility provider Xcel Energy said Thursday that its facilities appeared to have played a role in igniting a massive wildfire in the Texas Panhandle that grew to the largest blaze in state history. Texas officials have said they're still investigating the cause of the fire that has burned...

Flying Debris Killed Man a Quarter-Mile From Vape Warehouse Fire

Gas canisters, knives flew up to 2 miles away

(Newser) - The vaping supplies distributor that went up in flames in suburban Detroit on Monday is suspected of illegally storing highly flammable materials, including canisters of butane, which likely contributed to explosions and debris that killed one person a quarter of a mile away. A 19-year-old man was watching the fire...

Cops Near Detroit Tell Locals: 'Please, Please, Please Stay Inside'

Fire at industrial facility causes explosions that rock suburban Detroit

(Newser) - A fire raging at an industrial facility caused multiple explosions that rocked suburban Detroit on Monday night and sent debris shooting far into the air, prompting police to implore residents to stay inside, the AP reports. The debris fell as far as a mile away, the Clinton Township Police Department...

The Force of the Texas Wildfire, in 5 Stats

Blaze, now the largest in Texas history, remains 3% contained

(Newser) - It took just four days for a spark to become the largest wildfire ever seen in Texas. The Smokehouse Creek Fire that erupted Monday had spread to roughly 1.1 million acres on Thursday, topping the 2006 East Amarillo Complex Fire, which burned 907,245 acres, per the Houston Chronicle...

Town Asked to Go Without Water as Huge Fire Burns

17 fire departments responded to Minnesota blaze

(Newser) - Firefighters in Hawley, Minnesota, needed so much water to battle a huge grain elevator blaze that they had to ask the whole town to go without—even canceling school to conserve the water supply, officials said. The cause of the fire isn't yet known, the AP reports. It took...

Cladding Blamed After Fire Rips Through High-Rise

At least 4 dead, up to 15 missing in Valencia fire

(Newser) - At least four people are dead and up to 15 are missing after a fire devastated two residential buildings in Valencia, eastern Spain, including a 14-story apartment building. Witnesses said the fire started in the high-rise Thursday night and, fanned by strong winds, engulfed the entire building in around 30...

Crowd Attacks, Burns Self-Driving Car

This is why we can't have nice things

(Newser) - The self-driving car has met its first mob. In what Reuters calls "the most destructive attack so far on driverless vehicles in the US," a crowd surrounded and set fire to a Waymo self-driving car in San Francisco on Saturday. People were out celebrating the Lunar New Year...

Illegal Gas Site in Nairobi Unleashes Deadly Inferno

At least 3 dead, more than 270 injured following explosions in Nairobi

(Newser) - A truck loaded with liquid petroleum gas cylinders exploded and set off a late-night inferno that burned homes and warehouses in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, killing at least three people and injuring more than 270, officials said Friday, with the death toll expected to rise. At least 24 people were...

Dad Was Christmas Shopping When Fire Killed 5 Kids

It's not yet clear how fire started in Arizona home

(Newser) - While an Arizona man stepped out to go Christmas shopping Saturday, the unthinkable occurred: A fire started in his Bullhead City, Arizona, duplex, and killed five children who were inside it. The man was the father to four siblings who died in the fire: a 4-year-old girl and boys ages...

17 Injured in Fire at Courthouse Holding Trump Trial

Injuries minor, but NYC building was evacuated; fire caused by papers set on fire, per FDNY

(Newser) - The Manhattan courthouse where testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the civil fraud trial of former President Trump was evacuated hours later, leaving more than a dozen people hurt in an incident not believed to be tied to that case. The New York City Fire Department reports that 17 people suffered...

After Years of Research, Expert Advice: Burn California's Forests

Burning, thinning, or a combination of both found to make trees more resilient to wildfire, drought

(Newser) - The findings of a 20-year study on the health of California forests will come as no surprise to Native Americans, whose ancestors traditionally managed land through controlled fires . The study out of the University of California-Berkeley confirms that prescribed burning, the use of controlled fire to clear debris; restoration thinning,...

LA, Get Ready for a Gnarly Commute
LA's Gnarly Commute
Just Got Worse

LA's Gnarly Commute Just Got Worse

Fire causes damage to Los Angeles interstate, drivers are urged to take mass transit on Monday

(Newser) - Los Angeles motorists should expect traffic snarls during the Monday commute as crews assess how much damage was caused by a raging fire over the weekend that closed a major elevated interstate near downtown, officials said. Hazardous materials teams were clearing burned material from underneath Interstate 10 to make way...

City Warns of 'Extreme Peril' After Blimp Hangar Fire

Parks, schools closed after asbestos found in debris of WWII-era building

(Newser) - Parks and schools were closed Thursday in a southern California city after officials found asbestos in the charred debris of a historic World War II-era blimp hangar. The city of Tustin closed at least nine parks and urged residents to limit outdoor activities to reduce their exposure to ash after...

Workers at This Company's Sites Keep Dying

At least 21 dead in coal mine fire in Kazakhstan, the latest in tragedies striking ArcelorMittal Temirtau

(Newser) - A coal mine fire in central Kazakhstan killed at least 21 workers, while another 25 remained unaccounted for on Saturday, operating company ArcelorMittal Temirtau said in a statement. Some 252 people were working at the Kostenko coal mine at the time of the blaze, believed to have been caused by...

Woman Who Ran Through Burning Maui Field Dies

Laurie Allen, who escaped Lahaina's wildfire 7 weeks ago, succumbed to her injuries Friday

(Newser) - A woman who escaped Hawaii's Lahaina wildfire by running through a flaming field has died after spending more than seven weeks in a hospital burn unit. Laurie Allen died Friday at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her and her husband, Perry...

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