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Firefighter Arrives to Find 10 Family Members Killed

Pennsylvania victims include 3 children

(Newser) - Fire tore quickly through a house in the wee hours of Friday, killing seven adults and three children and horrifying a volunteer firefighter who arrived to battle the blaze only to discover that the victims were his family, authorities said. Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Harold Baker said the 10...

Amid Unprecedented Heat Wave, London Homes Burn

At least 40 residences were destroyed by blazes that swept UK's capital, injuring 16 firefighters

(Newser) - Britain saw its hottest day yet on record Tuesday, soaring past 104 degrees during a heat wave that's taken hold across other parts of Europe as well, but the country's capital was forced to deal with more than just sweating citizens. The London Fire Brigade described a "...

They Got Their Diplomas, Then Rushed to the Fire

6 Long Island teens are lauded for fighting blaze just minutes after high school graduation

(Newser) - Last week was graduation week for many across Long Island, but several seniors from one school district said their final farewells to K-12 in a most unusual, and unexpected, way. Just minutes after the graduation ceremony at Port Jefferson High School had ended last Friday evening, a call came in...

Deputies Rescue Boy From Burning Home

Two Florida deputies say they were only doing their job

(Newser) - Sheriff’s deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida, rescued a 9-year-old boy from a burning home in the nick of time last Thursday night. Per the Washington Post, deputies Alexander Maldonado and Kevin Reich could see and feel the flames a block away. As they approached the one-story house, neighbors said,...

'This Is Probably One of the Worst Fires I've Ever Been To'

'Heavy fire' kills 13 in Philadelphia home

(Newser) - At least 13 people are dead, seven of them children, in a Philadelphia house fire that Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy described as among the worst he has witnessed. "It was terrible," said Murphy, per CNN . "I've been around for 30, 35 years now, and this...

In This City, Unlikely Suspects Have Started Dozens of Fires

Cats are being blamed for 100-plus blazes in Seoul homes over the past 3 years

(Newser) - It's not unusual to hear about a young child starting a house fire after playing with matches or a lighter. In South Korea, however, one city is plagued by a different type of accidental arsonist. Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters reports that for the past three years—from...

Christmas Tree Fire Kills Man, 2 Sons

Mother, another son escape as blaze spreads to house next door

(Newser) - A fire apparently started by lights in a home's Christmas tree killed a Pennsylvania man and two of his sons early Christmas morning. The children's mother and another son were able to get out of the house with only minor burns. The victims were Eric King, 41, and...

Michigan Man Rushes Into Burning House to Save Babies

Ray Lucas suffered third-degree burns, but the girls will be okay

(Newser) - A Michigan dad didn’t hesitate to run into a burning house, and that saved his daughters’ lives. Ray Lucas came home from running a quick errand with his partner, Shi’Ann Brown, to find his house on fire and his mother and niece panicking at the front door, People ...

He Rescued a Toddler in 1998, Gets Huge Hug 23 Years Later

Firefighter William Porter meets Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, whom he saved from a house fire

(Newser) - A retired firefighter who rescued a toddler from a house fire 23 years ago had an emotional reunion over the weekend with Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, in upstate New York. Per NBC New York , William Porter was among the responders who showed up at the burning house in Poughkeepsie on...

Crystal Ball Wreaks Havoc, Causes $250K in Damage

The house ornament sparked a house fire when sunlight streamed through it, say Wis. fire officials

(Newser) - If a crystal ball in a Wisconsin home had been capable of predicting the future, it would have said, "I'm going to set your house on fire." Fire officials in Delton say the ornamental ball started a fire that caused around $250,000 in damage to a...

After Months of No Progress, Arrests in 'Heinous' Denver Case

3 teen boys face murder charges after house fire that killed family of 5

(Newser) - Three teenage boys have been arrested in the Denver house fire that killed a family of five in August, after months without progress . Authorities say the two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old face 28 criminal counts, including first-degree murder, attempted murder with extreme indifference, arson, and burglary, per the New York ...

After Boys' Deaths, 'Our Firefighters Are Hurt'

Mother jumps from window holding another child

(Newser) - "There are a lot of very hurt people," said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones. "Our firefighters are hurt." Crews had raced to the house fire on Detroit's east side Friday morning, arriving in just 6 minutes. But by then, 6-year-old Dylan and 7-year-old Demarion had...

She Scored Win Over Abusive Hubby. Then, Molotov Cocktails

Battered wife Natasha Bourdon's home burns to the ground

(Newser) - A Canadian woman won a divorce battle that meant she'd be allowed to stay in her home while her abusive husband paid the mortgage—and less than 48 hours after that decision, the house burned to the ground. Police in Calgary, Alberta, confirmed the Dec. 3 fire occurred under...

7-Year-Old Hero: 'I Didn't Want My Sister to Die'

Eli Davidson says he was 'brave inside' as he entered the house

(Newser) - Meet Eli Davidson, a 7-year-old boy who saved his sister this week from a house fire. "I was scared but I didn't want my sister to die," he tells WVLT . His mother, Nicole Davidson, says she woke up Tuesday night to find their house on fire in...

Police Officer Rushes Into Burning House for His Sons

The boys weren't hurt, but their father is hospitalized

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police officer says he'd have run into a burning house to save anybody. But it wasn't just anybody who was trapped by flames on Friday—it was his two children. Anthony Louie, a police officer in Seminole, was on duty when he got a call about...

Dozens of Firefighters Rush to Denzel Washington Home

Smoke was spotted coming out of his Beverly Crest, Calif., residence; actor is said to be safe

(Newser) - More than three dozen firefighters from the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills fire departments rushed to the Beverly Crest home of Denzel Washington on Wednesday night after smoke was seen coming out of the four-story mansion's second floor, reports CBS Los Angeles . There were no flames seen, and with...

A Brutal House Fire Killed 5. Now, a Photo of the Suspects

Members of a Senegalese family were killed in the Aug. 5 blaze in Denver

(Newser) - There's a $14,000 reward for information on a blaze in Denver earlier this month that killed five Senegalese family members. Now police have released a photo they hope will help them catch the suspects. Per CNN , the image shows three masked individuals wearing dark-colored hoodies on Aug. 5...

7 People, One Dog Dead in 'Horrific Scene'

Authorities trying to piece together what happened in mass shooting in Morgan County, Alabama

(Newser) - Deputies responding to a call about a shooting in Alabama early Friday found seven people dead inside a home that had been set afire, news outlets reported, per the AP . Morgan County deputies were able to put out the fire before firefighters got to the scene, and that’s when...

5-Year-Old Saves Sister From Fire, Goes Back for Dog

Georgia's Noah Woods is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - First Noah Woods saved his sister, pulling her out a window during a house fire last weekend in Georgia's Bartow County. Then he went back for the family dog. Have we mentioned Noah is 5 years old? Fire officials say the blaze in Noah's Kingston home started Sunday...

Firefighter Pulls Woman From Burning Home, Is Suspended

Atlanta fire chief says Daniel Dwyer should have waited for the rest of his team

(Newser) - Last June, Atlanta firefighter Daniel Dwyer responded to a house fire and was the first member of the search team ready to enter the burning structure—so he did. He pulled out Sally Skrine, alive, though the 95-year-old woman eventually died of her injuries. And in return for what many...

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