Feb 26, 2015

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for U.K. house fire

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted ...

Jan 4, 2015

Bush fire destroys homes in Australia

An intense bush fire raging out of control in South Australia has destroyed homes, with firefighters struggling to contain the worst blaze in decades as strong winds fanned the flames on Friday and Saturday. Cooler conditions on Sunday were helping the hundreds of firefighters ...

Jan 3, 2015

Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage

Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation’s south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds. Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious ...

Crews douse two large fires in Los Angeles

Dec 9, 2014

Crews douse two large fires in Los Angeles

Two raging fires in Los Angeles destroyed a massive residential complex under construction, heavily damaged a building undergoing renovations and snarled rush hour traffic while raining ash over a large area early Monday. More than 250 firefighters fought a downtown blaze that was sparked ...

Oct 5, 2014

Flag from 9/11 is lost in fire at Flight 93 Memorial

A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said Saturday. Friday’s fire in Shanksville destroyed the park’s headquarters complex. State police and the ...

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Sep 30, 2014

California burns, but the worst may be yet to come

Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western U.S. state is battling near-record numbers of blazes. And the normal fire season has only just begun. Nearly 7,500 firefighters are currently struggling to douse the ...

Sep 19, 2014

Arson arrest over raging California wildfire

U.S. police have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of starting a wildfire that doubled in size overnight and is threatening over 2,000 homes in northern California, officials said Thursday. Some 2,800 people have evacuated their homes in the face of the raging king fire, ...