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California Apartment Fire Displaces Hundreds, Causes $850,000 in Damage

About 200 residents are assessing the damage after a two-alarm fire emptied their Southern California apartment building for the night, shutting off power and burning units and cars. The Orange County Register reported more than four dozen firefighters put out …

Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in North Dakota

A BNSF train carrying crude oil owned by Hess Corp derailed and caught fire in North Dakota on May 6, forcing the evacuation of a nearby small town just days after the United States and Canada announced reforms to improve …

California Suburban Wildfire Sparked by Power Tool

Los Angeles fire officials say a brush fire in California that that briefly threatened homes in a heavily populated suburban neighborhood was caused by sparks from a power tool that a homeowner was using to clear brush. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey …

Alaska Governor Declares Disaster From Fire In Interior Village

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has declared a state disaster in response to a fire that crippled water service in the village of Alatna. The boiler fire April 15 damaged the community’s multi-purpose building and caused electrical damage that knocked out …

Fire at Southern California Business That Killed 3 Under Investigation

Arson and homicide investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire over the weekend at a Southern California business where three people died. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say fire crews responding to a call on …

Small Fire Erupts by Disneyland Attraction in California

Officials say a small fire erupted over the weekend near a Disneyland attraction, but it was put out by park firefighters and no one was hurt. Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown says the fire broke out about 9:20 p.m. on Saturday in …

After Deadly California Fire Thousands of Smoke Alarms Installed

Volunteers have installed thousands of free smoke alarms in a Southern California neighborhood where a fire last month killed a mother and her two sons. The Orange County Register reported 5,000 donated smoke alarms were installed Saturday in 1,000 condominiums …

California Refinery Blast Sprays Ash, Bursts Windows

An explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Torrance, California, refinery sent ash spraying on nearby cars and burst windows of surrounding buildings Wednesday. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, …

Arson Suspected in California School Fire With $1M in Damage

Authorities say they suspect an arsonist set a Northern California middle school’s cafeteria on fire. KCBS-Radio reported that Oakland fire fighters found an opened door when they arrived to put out the early morning blaze at Claremont Middle School, leading …

Deadly Texas High-Rise Fire Sends 17 to Hospital

More than a dozen people were hospitalized following a fire that killed five residents at a senior-living facility near San Antonio, Texas, and officials are trying to track down the whereabouts of dozens of others, a city official said. The …