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Evacuated New Jersey Residents Return After Fire in Asphalt Tank

Firefighters were trying to determine what caused an asphalt tank fire early Tuesday that shook a neighborhood of homes and businesses and forced the evacuation of at least 30 families. Neighbors of Blueknight Energy Partners said they were awakened by …

Storm Kills Three, Rips Roof Off Apartment Building in Pennsylvania

A brief but severe storm killed three people in southeastern Pennsylvania and ripped the roof off a seven-story apartment building, authorities said. Montgomery County officials said the three fatalities occurred in separate incidents during Wednesday’s noontime storm, two in Lower …

Investigators Open Probe into Los Angeles Explosion

Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s major crimes …

Arizona House Bans Cities from Requiring Fire Sprinklers in Big Bars

The Arizona House has voted to ban cities and counties from enforcing new national fire code standards requiring large restaurants and nightclubs that serve alcohol to install fire sprinklers. The proposal from Republican Rep. Travis Grantham was pushed by the …

Fire Destroys 4 Businesses in Busy South Dakota Town

Four downtown businesses in a small southwestern South Dakota community have been lost in a fire, according to the city’s mayor. The Vault restaurant, China Buffet, the Quilt Shop and an ice cream shop were burned in the massive fire …

Report Shows Fire at Texas Facility Caused by Equipment Failure

A fire at a Houston, Texas-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March was accidental and caused by equipment failure at a storage tank, according to a report released Friday by local and federal investigators. The report by …

Dive Boat on Which 34 Died in Southern California Exempt From Safety Rules

The diving boat that caught fire on Labor Day off Southern California, killing 34 people, was among hundreds of small vessels exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for passengers to escape, …

Bankrupt Philadelphia Refiner Seeks $2.5M in Executive Bonuses

The bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refiner is seeking a minimum of $2.5 million in bonus payments to the refiner’s top executives as part of a plan to reorganize or sell the company, U.S. bankruptcy court filings show. This would …

Fire That Killed Woman, Girl in Pennsylvania Blamed on Overloaded Circuit

Authorities say an early morning fire that killed a woman and a six-year-old girl was sparked by an overloaded electrical circuit. The Clearfield County coroner on Monday ruled the deaths of 52-year-old Mary Beth Erickson and the child accidental. Fire …

Authorities Looking for Cause of California Fuel Fire

A fire that destroyed thousands of gallons of fuel at a San Francisco Bay Area tank farm and trapped thousands in their homes to avoid potentially dangerous air will be investigated to determine the cause, officials said. Both state and …