South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

May 28, 2014

South Korea hospice blaze kills 21; patient detained

A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police said appeared to be an act of arson by an 81-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer. Seven were injured in the blaze, which broke out shortly after ...

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

May 25, 2014

Fighting fire with fire: Explosions used to snuff blazes

Researchers are working on fighting out-of-control bush fires with explosives, likening the process of using the sound wave produced by a blast to blowing out a candle. Graham Doig of Sydney’s University of New South Wales has been examining how blasts can extinguish fires, ...

May 17, 2014

Arson may be behind surge of California fires

A 57-year-old man was charged with arson in one of at least 10 wildfires that erupted in California last week, and investigators are working to determine whether other blazes in the unusually early and intense outbreak were ignited by something as ordinary as sparks ...

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

May 12, 2014

Third hot air balloon crash body recovered

Searchers in Virginia on Sunday found the body of the third victim from the crash of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area, police said. The victims’ names have not been ...

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

May 12, 2014

Man held after starting huge fire by negligence

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of causing a forest fire by dumping smoldering charcoal left over from a barbecue into the woods. Daigo Kawahara allegedly threw away the charcoal on Sunday afternoon in a forest in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, after holding ...

1,000 flee, one dead, as Oklahoma wildfire spreads

May 6, 2014

1,000 flee, one dead, as Oklahoma wildfire spreads

Firefighters facing another hot and windy forecast worked Monday to battle a large wildfire in Oklahoma that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control. The fire department said about 1,000 people on Sunday ...

Mar 20, 2014

Golf clubs' sparks can ignite fires

Golfers have been urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said Wednesday that the results confirm a suspicion investigators ...

Mar 15, 2014

Report says U.S. nuclear dump fire was preventable

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response and oversight at a troubled New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. A report released Friday on the ...