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Officials Investigating After Several Manholes Explode in Massachusetts Suburb

An electricity distribution company is investigating a series of manhole explosions in Brockton, Mass. Officials say firefighters found six manhole covers had blown off their bases early Monday. Fire shot up from the ground. At least two businesses had to …

Christmas Day Fire in Connecticut Blamed on Toy Hoverboard

New Haven, Conn., fire officials say a toy hoverboard appears to be the cause of a Christmas Day apartment fire that displaced four people and sent one to the hospital. Battalion Chief Ben Vargas tells the New Haven Register the blaze …

Arson Suspected in Several Recent Connecticut Fires

Police and fire investigators say a string of fires in Norwich, Conn., recently appear to be arson and are looking for the person or people responsible. The latest blaze occurred Monday night at the former YMCA building on Main Street. …

Tourism Decline in California’s Scenic Big Sur Sparked by Wildfire

Lodge managers and cafe owners along California’s dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just …

Containment on Massive California Wildfire Increases

Containment has increased on a wildfire north of Los Angeles, which has grown to more than 58 square miles. Officials report the blaze is 25 percent surrounded as of today, and most of the evacuation orders affecting 10,000 homes were lifted …

Ohio Bookstore Loses $1M in Inventory in Fire; 3 Injured

Authorities say an estimated $1 million in inventory was lost in a bookstore fire that broke out twice within a few hours and injured three people in southwestern Ohio. Firefighters say a firefighter and two people inside the building in …

Treasure Island Restaurant on Vegas Strip Evacuated After Kitchen Fire

Officials say no one was hurt in a small kitchen fire at a restaurant at the Treasure Island hotel-casino property on the Las Vegas Strip. Casino spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said the grease fire in the Senor Frog’s Restaurant and Bar …

Lack of Fire Alarms Common in Washington City Apartment Complexes

The Everett, Wash. fire marshal says a recent inspection shows 19 of 26 apartment complexes inspected in the city lack proper fire alarm systems. Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says the owners of those complexes are currently being ordered to install …

Cal Fire Files Lawsuit Against Utility For Cost of Powerhouse Fire

A state agency is suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to recover the more than $4 million cost in fighting a wildfire sparked by power lines three years ago. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection …

Rural Oregon Area Suspends Fire Service Due to Insurance Lapse

The Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District in Oregon has suspended emergency operations because of a lapse in its insurance policy. Acting fire district chairman Ralph Dotson tells The World newspaper of Coos Bay that the station has been closed and …