Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Feb 11, 2017

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Australian emergency services were bracing against “potentially catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country’s east coast. Weather officials fear temperatures could hit 48 degrees Celsius ...

Feb 8, 2017

15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shantytown fire

Authorities say 15,000 residents of a shantytown beside Manila’s port have lost their homes in a fire that raged overnight before being put out Wednesday morning. Fire department officials said about 1,000 homes were gutted in the sprawling Parola Compound, where several families often ...

Feb 6, 2017

Eighteen killed in massage parlor fire in China

Police detained one person Monday in connection with a fire at a foot massage parlor in China that killed at least 18 people and injured another 18, media said. The fire broke out at around 5:26 pm Sunday in eastern Zhejiang province, the official ...

Feb 5, 2017

Five die in Tochigi restaurant blaze

The bodies of five people were found after a blaze gutted a restaurant and residence early Saturday in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture, police said. The blaze broke out at around 1:15 a.m. and was extinguished about three hours later. The police said they were unable ...

Jan 29, 2017

Death toll climbs to 11 in Chilean forest fires

Forest fires ravaging southern Chile have now killed 11 people, President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday, as firefighters waged an all-out battle to extinguish the raging infernos. Bachelet told reporters that more than 9,000 firefighters and other responders have been enlisted to battle the fires, ...

A blaze in Tokyo high-rise kills one, hospitalizes 10 others

Jan 24, 2017

A blaze in Tokyo high-rise kills one, hospitalizes 10 others

One woman died and another 10 people were injured after a fire broke out in a 26-story condominium high-rise in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward early Tuesday morning. According to the Tokyo Fire Department, which received a call around 4:25 a.m., the fire started in a ...

Shrub fire outside METI leads to arrest of anti-nuclear activist

Jan 17, 2017

Shrub fire outside METI leads to arrest of anti-nuclear activist

Shrubbery outside the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry was set on fire, scorching the wall of a nearby subway station building, police said. They arrested a 78-year-old anti-nuclear activist for allegedly starting the blaze Monday and damaging private propery. The suspect, Taichi Masakiyo, ...