fire News

Judge Tentatively Rejects PG&E Bid to Set Aside Liability in California Fire

PG&E Corp. tentatively lost a bid to inoculate itself from a finding of liability in a 2015 fire, a court decision that deals the company a potentially more serious setback in its strategy to shield itself from deeper losses in …

Plane Crashes in Virginia, Fatalities Unknown

Emergency service units were responding to reports of an aircraft crash in Virginia. The Daily Progress reports that just before 9 p.m. on Sunday multiple rescue crews from Charlottesville and Albemarle County responded to a crash and a large fire …

Unextinguished Cigarettes Caused Fatal Fire in Minnesota, Investigators Say

Investigators say unextinguished cigarettes caused a fatal house fire in northeast Minneapolis last weekend. The Minneapolis Fire Department says the fire was started on the first floor by cigarettes that ignited a sofa in the living room. The cause of …

Southwest Airliner Catches Fire at California Airport, 139 Passengers Evacuate

A fire on a Southwest Airlines plane forced passengers to evacuate before takeoff at a Southern California airport. Officials from John Wayne Airport say the crew of the Boeing 737 decided that the 139 passengers should evacuate Monday night using …

PG&E Says Small Fire at California Nuclear Plant Didn’t Affect Safety

Pacific Gas & Electric says a small fire at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station in California did not affect plant safety. According to PG&E spokesman John Lindsey, the fire that occurred last week at the Central Coast plant was …

Several Texas Businesses in Historic Denton Downtown Damaged in Fire

Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck a historic downtown square in North Texas. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have begun early Tuesday in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and …

Insurance Companies Sue Kodiak Electric in Alaska Over Fire Damage

Two insurance companies filed a lawsuit against the Kodiak Electric Association in Alaska claiming it was responsible for a fire that caused damage to clients’ property. Lexington Insurance Co. and Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association accuse the electric cooperative …

Arizona City is Using Insurance Money to Build Itself a New City Hall

The city of Bisbee, Ariz. is using insurance money to start rebuilding the interior of its city hall after it was gutted by fire, officials said. DC Restoration, a national firm based in Mesa, has begun tearing down the interior …

Site of Largest Building Fire in Honolulu’s History Open For Plaintiffs, Defendants

The Marco Polo condominium building in which a July fire killed four has been opened to numerous people who might file lawsuits, potential defendants such as product manufacturers and their insurers, and fire experts from across the nation. As of …

Fire at Large California Oil Refinery Doused

A fire that erupted at the West Coast’s largest oil refinery threatened storage tanks and sent huge flames into the sky and black smoke across neighborhoods before crews quickly smothered it. Dozens of firefighters responded late Tuesday to the 1,000-acre …