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House Fire in California May Have Been Started by Blowtorch Used to Kill Spiders

Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders. KFSN-TV reported 29 firefighters were called to a Fresno housing development Tuesday night to put out a two-alarm blaze. Authorities say a …

San Francisco High-Rise Fire Doused Without Injuries

A fire engulfed five floors of a San Francisco high-rise but authorities say nobody was hurt and the blaze was quickly doused. The Fire Department says the blaze hit the 25-story building in the Financial District Monday afternoon. Firefighter helped …

First Trial Over $80M Nevada Fire Begins This week

The first trial over a prescribed burn started by the Nevada Division of Forestry began this week. The fire is estimated to have caused more than $80 million in property damage, Courtroom View Network is reporting. The network is broadcasting …

Wildfire Destroys 100-Plus Colorado Homes, Other Blazes Burning in West

More than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains were destroyed by a growing wildfire, while hundreds of others across the parched U.S. West remained under evacuations Tuesday. A fire near Fort Garland, roughly 200 miles southwest of Denver, had destroyed …

Ohio Homeowner Trying to Kill Weeds Burns Down Garage

Authorities say an Ohio homeowner trying to kill troublesome weeds with a torch has burned down his garage. The Springfield News-Sun reported Springfield Township firefighters in central Ohio were called to a home around 4 a.m. Thursday for a detached …

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 …