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Record-breaking fire tornado kills California firefighter

Aug 17, 2018

Record-breaking fire tornado kills California firefighter

In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: a churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the ...

BMW to recall 323,700 diesel cars over fire danger: report

Aug 8, 2018

BMW to recall 323,700 diesel cars over fire danger: report

Germany's luxury automaker BMW is going to recall 323,700 diesel cars in Europe over an engine fire danger, following a similar action in South Korea, a German media newspaper reported Tuesday. The recall is to fix a faulty component that was aimed at reducing emissions ...

U.S. government approves aid as California battles raging wildfires

Jul 29, 2018

U.S. government approves aid as California battles raging wildfires

The U.S. federal government approved aid Saturday for California as thousands of firefighters battled to contain a series of deadly raging wildfires that have killed six people, including two young children and their great-grandmother, and destroyed hundreds of buildings. The largest of the fires menacing ...

'Terrifying' tornados of flame burn California city; two dead

Jul 28, 2018

'Terrifying' tornados of flame burn California city; two dead

A wildfire that roared with little warning into a Northern California city claimed two lives as thousands of people scrambled to escape before the walls of flames descended from forested hills onto their neighborhoods, officials said Friday. Residents who gathered their belongings in haste described ...

German forest fire could ignite WWII ammunition

Jul 27, 2018

German forest fire could ignite WWII ammunition

German authorities say a forest fire near a village southwest of Berlin is under control but the situation remains precarious because of unexploded World War II ammunition that is buried in the ground there. The German news agency dpa reported Friday that it was difficult ...

Drought creates perfect storm for wildfires across western U.S.

Jul 19, 2018

Drought creates perfect storm for wildfires across western U.S.

Bigger and more "explosive" wildfires are raging across the U.S. West, with the area burned in Colorado already four times the size of last year's total, as rising temperatures, drought and a buildup of forest fuels supercharge blazes. So far this year 3.3 million acres ...

Anger and grief as Britain marks Grenfell fire anniversary

Jun 13, 2018

Anger and grief as Britain marks Grenfell fire anniversary

Anger and impatience for justice mix with raw grief as Britain prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster — the deadliest domestic fire since World War II. In a west London community still traumatized by the apartment block blaze that killed ...

500-year-old Japanese inn hit by fire, one injured

Jun 6, 2018

500-year-old Japanese inn hit by fire, one injured

A fire broke out Tuesday night on the grounds of a 500-year-old traditional Japanese inn in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, with one nonlife-threatening injury being reported, a local fire department said. The blaze that hit the Chigira Jinsentei inn and hot spring in the Ikaho resort ...