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Officials: Failed Communications Hampered Tennessee Wildfire Response

Newly released records show failed communication systems hampered the response to deadly wildfires in Tennessee last fall. Records that Sevier County began to release Wednesday show that wind and fire on Nov. 28 combined to disable cell towers, melt fiber-optic …

California Supreme Court Affirms Homeowner Reimbursement Protections

The California Supreme Court this week ended a long legal battle between a Richmond homeowner and her homeowners insurance company by declining to consider the insurance industry’s petition to overturn a lower court’s decision that insurers must pay to repair …

Tennesee Mountain Community Getting Back on Its Feet After Devastating Wildfire

“Mountain Tough” was a slogan Mayor Mike Werner of Gatlinburg, Tenn. proclaimed in the aftermath of a Nov. 28 blaze that destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 structures, caused more than $1 billion in damages and killed 14 people. “This …

South Carolina Hotel Fire Forces Evacuation of 300 Guests, Permanent Residents

Nearly 300 residents were evacuated from a South Carolina hotel after a fire. The Morning News of Florence reports the evacuees included many permanent residents of the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Florence. Firefighters from multiple stations arrived Saturday afternoon …

Massive Fire Destroys New Jersey Pizza Parlor and Damages Other Businesses

A New Jersey pizza parlor has been completely destroyed after a massive fire. WNBC-TV reports the flames ignited at Bruno’s Pizzeria around 10 p.m. Sunday in Passaic, N.J. Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost says the fire burned for a while before …

New York State Rejects City’s Request for Funds for Big Fire Costs

A western New York city won’t be getting state aid to cover the costs linked to a massive fire at a former steel plant last fall. The blaze started Nov. 9 in a large building on the Bethlehem Steel site …

Former Arkansas Home of President Clinton a Total Loss After Fire

A northwest Arkansas house once occupied by former President Bill Clinton that was damaged by fire has been deemed a total loss. The home now owned by Stephanie and Robert Dzur and occupied by Stephanie Dzur’s father burned June 8. …

Smoking Materials Blamed for Massive Massachusetts Blaze

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the improper disposal of smoking materials led to a massive fire in Massachusetts that destroyed three multifamily homes and damaged several other buildings. Officials say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when a …

Fire Guts New York Bar Favored by Author Jack Kerouac

A famous New York bar once frequented by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac has been gutted by a fire. Officials in the village of Northport on Long Island tell Newsday that the fire started around 7 a.m. Tuesday inside Gunther’s …

Owners of New Jersey Diner Who Burned it Down for Insurance Avoid Prison

The owners of a New Jersey diner who burned it down to collect insurance money have been spared prison terms. Forty-nine-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz were both sentenced to five years of probation on Friday. They had each …