Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

May 29, 2014

Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

Four members of a tanker were seriously burned Thursday morning after their vessel was damaged by an explosion and fire off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard and Himeji Fire Department said. Among the eight people on board, seven had been rescued and ...

Firemen make headway against 2-day-old blaze

May 14, 2014

Firemen make headway against 2-day-old blaze

Firefighters on Wednesday battled a magnesium fire for a second day at a metalworking factory in Machida, western Tokyo. Held back by the intense heat from the burning magnesium, they couldn’t enter Shibata Tekuramu Co.’s Machida plant until Wednesday morning. The blaze was under ...

Heater blamed for fire in ancient Chinese town

Jan 18, 2014

Heater blamed for fire in ancient Chinese town

Chinese authorities have detained a guesthouse operator whose unattended heater allegedly sparked a fire that burned for nearly 10 hours and destroyed an ancient Tibetan town in southern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said. More than 2,000 firefighters, soldiers, police, local officials and ...

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

| Dec 6, 2013

Fires thrive along with exports of scrap

Firefighters and the Japan Coast Guard have been plagued with a growing number of blazes breaking out among piles of mixed scrap in harbors and on board ships, with the most recent one occurring in Mikawa port in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. Exports of items ...

Pre-dawn blaze guts hospital for aged in Fukuoka, kills 10

Oct 11, 2013

Pre-dawn blaze guts hospital for aged in Fukuoka, kills 10

A pre-dawn blaze ripped through an orthopedic hospital Friday in the city of Fukuoka, claiming 10 lives and leaving eight others injured, four of whom are reportedly in critical condition. The Fukuoka Prefectural Police said the fire at Abe Seikeigeka (Orthopedics) hospital killed three ...

Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Aug 30, 2013

Fukushima inn gutted; one missing

Police continued their investigation Friday into the cause of a fire that gutted a well-known inn at the Tsuchiyu Onsen mountain resort area in the city of Fukushima. The fire Thursday night left one employee missing and destroyed the Hakuunso “ryokan,” a traditional inn, ...

Jun 24, 2013

Indonesia begins cloud-seeding in attempt to fight haze

Indonesia has begun seeding clouds in an attempt to create rain to extinguish blazes that have choked Singapore and Malaysia with smog, officials said Sunday, while launching investigations into plantation firms suspected of starting the fires. The pollution index dropped to “moderate” in Singapore ...

Nagasaki nursing home blaze kills four

Feb 10, 2013

Nagasaki nursing home blaze kills four

Four elderly women died and another woman and a man remained unconscious Saturday after a fire broke out the evening before at a Nagasaki nursing home for patients suffering from dementia, police said. They were among 12 people aged between 56 and 95 who ...