Apr 29, 2015

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said. “The fire is at a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers from Chernobyl,” ...

Five killed, 25 feared dead in Russian mall fire

Mar 13, 2015

Five killed, 25 feared dead in Russian mall fire

A massive fire destroyed a shopping mall in the capital of the Russian region of Tatarstan, killing at least 11 people, local officials said Friday. The toll was expected to rise. The three-storey building in Kazan, 800 km east of Moscow, was destroyed in ...

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 ...