Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia

Mar 15, 2017

Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia

A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed ...

Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

Mar 2, 2017

Askul blaze blamed on forklift peeling out on cardboard

A nearly two-week fire that crippled an Askul Corp. warehouse in Saitama Prefecture was likely caused by a forklift that unintentionally peeled out on some cardboard during loading, sources said. While loading cardboard onto a truck in a cardboard storage space, the forklift driver ...

Four seniors missing in Iwate house fire

Feb 28, 2017

Four seniors missing in Iwate house fire

Four elderly people believed to have been inside a burning house in northeastern Japan remain unaccounted for following the blaze, police said. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the house of Akira Ota, an 81-year-old farmer, in Tono, Iwate Prefecture. The ...

Feb 26, 2017

Fire breaks out at Cambodian Embassy dormitory

A fire broke out at a Cambodian Embassy dormitory in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Saturday. The Tokyo Fire Department sent 20 fire engines and other vehicles to the site in the Akasaka district after it received an emergency call at around 12:35 p.m. The ...

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama doused after raging for six days

Feb 23, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama doused after raging for six days

The office supplies blaze at Askul Corp.’s warehouse in Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture, has finally been brought under control after six days of smoke and explosions caused residents to evacuate. Until Wednesday, firefighters had had a tough time getting a handle on the inferno that ...

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Feb 20, 2017

Askul warehouse blaze in Saitama still raging four days on

Four days have passed since a fire broke out at a warehouse used by office supply vender Askul Corp. in Saitama Prefecture, but there are still no prospects for putting it out, firefighters said. The three-story warehouse spans 72,000 sq. meters of floor space ...

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

Jan 23, 2017

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

A fire at an oil refinery that forced nearby residents to evacuate Sunday in Wakayama Prefecture subsided early Monday, allowing local authorities to lift an evacuation order for some 3,000 residents shortly after 4 a.m. According to local police and fire departments, no injuries ...

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Jan 23, 2017

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Some 5,500 people joined an annual monkfish festival in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Sunday after a massive fire roared through city one month ago. The festival’s organizer once considered canceling the event, but decided to hold it to cheer up residents, an official of ...