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 ...

Owners surrender in deadly Bangladesh factory fire

Feb 10, 2014

Owners surrender in deadly Bangladesh factory fire

The owners of a garment factory in Bangladesh surrendered to authorities on Sunday to face homicide charges for a 2012 fire at the plant that killed 112 workers. Police filed homicide charges in December against 13 people in connection with the fire at the ...

Bangladesh garment factory owners surrender over deadly fire

Feb 9, 2014

Bangladesh garment factory owners surrender over deadly fire

Owners of a Bangladesh garment factory were denied bail Sunday after surrendering to a court that sought their arrest over the country’s worst industrial fire, which killed 111 workers. Delwar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, handed themselves in to the magistrates court almost ...

Jan 25, 2014

Quebec retirement home fire toll rises

The painstaking search through the iced-over remains of a burned-out Quebec retirement home was set to resume Saturday morning, with friends and relatives of some 30 missing people awaiting word. Eight people have been confirmed dead. As crews used steam Friday to melt thick ...

Firefighters get much-needed break with California wildfire

Jan 17, 2014

Firefighters get much-needed break with California wildfire

Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks. The fire swept through 690 hectares of brush in the San Gabriel Mountains ...

Massive inferno guts ancient Tibetan town

Jan 12, 2014

Massive inferno guts ancient Tibetan town

A fire that raged for nearly 10 hours Saturday razed an ancient Tibetan town in southwest China that’s popular with tourists, burning down hundreds of buildings as fire engines were unable to get onto the narrow streets, state media and witnesses said. There was ...

Jan 3, 2014

Australia logs hottest year, sparking fires

Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said Friday, enduring the longest heat wave ever recorded Down Under, as well as destructive bush fires. “2013 was Australia’s warmest year since records began in 1910,” the bureau said in ...

Jan 3, 2014

10 die in fires in four prefectures

A total of 10 people were killed in residential fires in four prefectures in northeastern and southwestern Japan, police and firefighters said Friday. Three bodies were found in the ruins of a residential fire in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, which occurred at the home of ...