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Fire Erupts, Homes Evacuated in Georgia Train Derailment

A train derailment in metro Atlanta early Sunday sparked a small fire, created runoff concerns and briefly forced some residents from their homes, a fire official said. The CSX train with about 170 cars, including three locomotives, ran off the …

Dismissal Rejected; Arkema Chemical Fire Criminal Trial Resumes in Houston

A criminal case against the U.S. arm of a French chemical maker accused of releasing pollution that injured 21 people resumed on Sept. 24 under a cloud as a judge ruled out a motion to dismiss the case. Prosecutors unintentionally …

Train Cars Carrying Ethanol Derail, Catch Fire in Texas

At least three horses were killed and several Texas homes evacuated early Wednesday when a train carrying the highly flammable liquid ethanol derailed and caught fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Union Pacific train to derail south of …

Utility Lays Out Plan Restoring Gas Service After Massachusetts Explosions

A natural gas company is releasing its plan for replacing aging pipelines and restoring service to thousands of homes and businesses affected by the natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston last month. Columbia Gas said Tuesday it’s deploying …

New York State Rejects City’s Request for Funds for Big Fire Costs

A western New York city won’t be getting state aid to cover the costs linked to a massive fire at a former steel plant last fall. The blaze started Nov. 9 in a large building on the Bethlehem Steel site …

Evacuations Ordered as Numerous Fires Burn in Oklahoma

Numerous wildfires are burning in Oklahoma and evacuations have been ordered in the state’s northwest. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says up to 200 people had to leave their homes late in the afternoon on March 6 in …

Deadly Wildfires Force Thousands from Homes in 4 States

Emergency crews on March 7 struggled to contain deadly wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states and forced thousands of people to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flames. The fires were burning …

Homes Evacuated in Detroit Suburb after Sewer Collapse Causes Sinkhole

A major sinkhole has disrupted the holiday season in Fraser, Mich., a suburb of roughly 14,500 people about 15 miles north of downtown Detroit. Roads were closed and about two dozen homes evacuated after the Christmas Eve sewer collapse. No …

Residents in Areas Not Hard Hit by Matthew Question Evacuation Orders

Maureen Miller was among the 2 million people ordered to evacuate coastal areas in the Southeast ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Her family and their dog spent two nights in a hotel and struggled through police roadblocks to return. When they …

Residents Evacuate as Wildfire Burns in Northwestern Louisiana

Authorities say a series of wildfires have burned more than two square miles in northwestern Louisiana and threatened homes. Louisiana State Police said in a statement that the fires started Tuesday afternoon in Bienville Parish. KTBS-TV reports dozens of residents …