Sweden needs more resources, skills to fight wildfires

Europe 02/12/19, 12:42

Sweden's civil protection agency says the country needs more water-dropping resources to fight serious wildfires like the ones last year and improve cooperation between the rescue services.Agency head Dan Eliasson says the path ahead is "to get us the skills ...

Suspect in deadly Paris fire handed preliminary charges

Europe 02/09/19, 07:38

Paris prosecutor's office says the suspect in the fire that killed 10 people in the French capital this week has been handed preliminary arson charges.The suspect, a woman who prosecutors say has been hospitalized at least 13 times in the ...

Suspect in Paris deadly fire to be presented to judge

Europe 02/08/19, 13:10

Paris prosecutor's office says the suspect in the fire that killed 10 people in the French capital this week is going before an investigative judge to face eventual charges of deadly arson.The suspect, a woman who prosecutors say has been ...

Officials death toll from California wildfire drops to 85

U.S. 02/07/19, 19:40

A Northern California sheriff's office dropped the death toll from a devastating 2018 wildfire to 85 people.The Butte County sheriff's office said Thursday that remains from the Camp Fire thought to be from two separate people were from the same ...

Critics ask what took PG&E so long on wildfire safety effort

U.S. 02/07/19, 17:30

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is promising to spend more than $2 billion this year to improve wildfire prevention after its equipment was blamed for causing more than 1,500 Northern California wildfires since 2014.Lawyers, industry watchdogs and a federal judge ...

Update: NTBS to investigate San Francisco gas explosion

U.S. 02/07/19, 13:04

The Latest on a natural gas explosion in San Francisco (all times local):10:05 a.m.The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate a natural gas explosion on a San Francisco street that sent flames into the air, damaging five buildings and sending ...

Deadly mazes: Paris architecture complicate fire rescues

Europe 02/07/19, 10:48

The firefighters climbed one ladder, hand over hand, then shifted over to a second and sometimes a third ladder, hooked precariously from window ledges eight stories above bare concrete.The architecture typical of many Paris residences — hidden central stairwells and ...

Flames from San Francisco gas explosion damage 5 buildings

U.S. 02/07/19, 01:13

A gas explosion in San Francisco shot a tower of flames into the sky and burned five buildings including one of the city's popular restaurants before firefighters brought the blaze under control. There were no injuries.Wednesday's explosion and fire sent ...

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention

U.S. 02/06/19, 21:44

Up to five million Northern California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion safety proposal submitted Wednesday.PG&E unveiled the preventive blackout strategy for the first ...

Coroner names 4 killed in house in California plane crash

U.S. 02/06/19, 21:00

Authorities have identified four people, including an 85-year-old man, who were killed on the ground when a small plane broke apart in the air and crashed into a Southern California neighborhood.The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday the four people ...

San Francisco gas explosion shoots fire that burns buildings

U.S. 02/06/19, 19:37

A gas explosion in a San Francisco neighborhood shot flames into the air Wednesday and burned five buildings, sending panicked residents and workers fleeing into the streets. Utility crews put out the fire about three hours after private construction workers cut ...

Update: 5 workers found safe after San Francisco blast

U.S. 02/06/19, 17:26

The Latest on an explosion and fire in San Francisco (all times local):2:25 p.m.The San Francisco Fire Department says five workers have been found safe after a gas explosion and fire and that no injuries have been reported.Three-story flames in ...

Paris prosecutor: Fire suspect has history of mental issues

Europe 02/06/19, 13:32

The Paris prosecutor says a suspect detained in the fire that devastated a Paris apartment building and killed 10 people has been hospitalized at least 13 times in the past decade for mental problems.Prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters Wednesday that ...

Man dies after going into burning house to save dog

U.S. 02/05/19, 17:07

Investigators say a Maine man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog. Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the man escaped with his family before going back inside Monday evening in the town of ...

Update: Witness saw flames shooting from Paris building

Europe 02/05/19, 01:01

The Latest on a Paris apartment building fire (all times local):6:50 a.m.A witness to a Paris apartment fire says she saw flames shooting out for hours from the top of the building and smoke-covered victims fleeing.Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across ...

Update: County orders wildfire victims to leave lots

U.S. 02/04/19, 20:48

The Latest on Wildfire victims ordered to leave damaged property (all times local):5:42 p.m.A Northern California county hard-hit by wildfire ordered residents living in temporary shelters on burned out lots to leave their property.The Butte County supervisors voted 4-1 on ...

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