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Collapse Traps Philadelphia Firefighters, and One Dies

Lt. Sean Williamson could not be saved

(Newser) - A building caught fire and later collapsed in Philadelphia, killing one firefighter and injuring five other people, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 2am Saturday in north Philadelphia, per the AP . Eight occupants were safely evacuated and the fire had been declared under control, officials said. At 3:...

Fire, Then Building Collapse Kills Philly Firefighter

4 other firefighters and a city inspector were pulled from the rubble and are now in stable condition

(Newser) - One firefighter has died after being trapped in a building that caught fire in Philadelphia and then collapsed early Saturday, fire officials said. The fallen firefighter wasn't immediately identified, but Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy said he was a 27-year department veteran, per the AP . Four other firefighters and...

Night Vision Plane That Was a First Goes Down in Colorado

Air tanker fighting wildfire crashes near Estes Park, killing pilot in what was meant to be a historic flight

(Newser) - A single-engine, one-seat air tanker that was thought to be the first fixed-wing plane to fight a fire at night using night vision crashed near Estes Park, Colo., on Tuesday night, killing the pilot, reports 9News . According to a release from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the accident was...

6 Firefighters Suspended After Drive to Legislator's Office

On-duty crew was battling New York City's vaccine mandate

(Newser) - New York City has pulled six firefighters battling the new coronavirus vaccine mandate who drove a ladder truck to a state senator's office and threatened his staff. The firefighters went to Sen. Zellnor Myrie's Brooklyn office on Friday, the first day the mandate has been in effect. Myrie...

Firefighter Sues Over Mural That Depicted Her as White

Latosha Clemons was Boynton Beach's first Black female firefighter

(Newser) - A trailblazing Black firefighter in Boynton Beach, Florida, is taking the city to court over a mural that depicted her as white. Latosha Clemons, who became the city's first female Black firefighter in 1996 and retired as deputy chief last year, has filed a lawsuit seeking damages of more...

Memes And Racist Messages Get Firefighters Suspended

Some mocked George Floyd

(Newser) - After several black members of the FDNY reported that some white firefighters were sharing racist memes and messages between each other, leaders say they took action. “When these memes were reported we investigated in and the suspension were the result,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the NY Post...

For Wildland Firefighters, a New Crisis Is Growing

They're at higher risk of PTSD, suicide with wildfires only getting worse

(Newser) - They are, in the jargon of federal bureaucracy, "forestry technicians." To these "technicians," however, the job title is an insult. In reality, these are federal wildland firefighters who quite literally risk their lives every long day they're on the job, all for the reward of...

Couple Charged in Fire Sparked by Gender Reveal

Massive blaze killed California firefighter

(Newser) - A couple whose gender reveal ceremony sparked a southern California wildfire that killed a firefighter last year were charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities announced Tuesday. The couple pleaded not guilty Monday to charges involving the El Dorado Fire, San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson announced at a news conference...

Naked Woman Found Stuck Between 2 Buildings

Firefighters in Santa Ana say it was a 'cautious and technical' rescue operation

(Newser) - Firefighters in California say that after a "cautious and technical" operation, a woman was rescued from a tiny gap between two buildings. The naked woman had somehow become stuck in the space between two businesses in Santa Ana, Fox 11 reports. Max Benett, the owner of Tim's Auto...

New Wrench at Condo Scene: a COVID Outbreak

At least 6 firefighters helping search and rescue efforts at Surfside collapse site have tested positive

(Newser) - As people get ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with barbecues and other get-togethers, a COVID outbreak at the site of the South Florida condo collapse reminds us that the pandemic isn't over just yet. Six firefighters helping out at the scene in Surfside have tested positive, Miami-Dade Fire...

Slain Firefighter's Colleagues Support Daughter at Graduation

Joslyn Carlon receives her diploma only 2 days after father was killed

(Newser) - The daughter of a California firefighter shot and killed on Tuesday graduated from high school only two days later. Joslyn Carlon walked across the stage to collect her diploma in her cap—and her father’s coat. Instead of her dad cheering when her name was called, 300 of...

'Workplace Beef' Blamed for Fire Station Shooting

Slain LA County firefighter Tory Carlon honored with vigil, procession

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Fire Chief Darly Osby has worked at Fire Station 81, one of 172 small stations in the county, and he describes it as a "small, hometown-type fire station" where people generally have an excellent working relationship. But Osby says something clearly went very wrong Tuesday, when...

Firefighter Shoots 2 Colleagues at LA County Fire Station

Man then reportedly fled to his home before setting it on fire, shooting himself

(Newser) - "As a fire chief I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Osby said an off-duty firefighter killed a colleague and wounded another Tuesday...

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...

Firefighter Shot From Inside Burning Building

Heat caused loaded firearm to go off

(Newser) - A firefighter in western Wisconsin was critically injured when he was shot from inside a burning building—but nobody pulled the trigger. The Cornell Area Fire Department says Justin Fredrickson was operating a hose line outside the structure when the heat caused a loaded firearm to discharge, CNN reports. The...

Alleged Capitol Rioter Sent Selfie to the Wrong Person

The recipient, a State Department agent, was the brother of the man's girlfriend

(Newser) - A retired New York City firefighter once accused of hurling racist abuse has been detained after allegedly sending a Jan. 6 photo of himself inside the Capitol Rotunda to his girlfriend's brother, who happens to be a State Department agent. In the midst of the riot, an unnamed Diplomatic...

Firefighter Too Late to Save Wife From Blaze at Own Home

'His whole world has been flipped upside down'

(Newser) - A Florida firefighter who rushed to the scene of a local fire made an awful discovery this week. Per a GoFundMe page set up by fellow firefighter Christopher Morales, Corey Logan, a 20-year veteran of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, was working overtime Tuesday when he got a Ring alert on his...

Note From Colo. Firefighters Made a Grown Man Weep

Dan Stones will be forever grateful to 'Engine 1446'

(Newser) - Dan Stones was prepared to see ashes when he arrived at his family cabin near Granby, Colorado, where the second largest wildfire in state history is raging. The East Troublesome Fire had been burning within 30 miles of the cabin, which Stones tweeted was located "inside the burn line....

Orphaned Mountain Lion Turning Into a Success Story
Firefighters on Hike Made a
Sad Find. Now, a Happy Ending 
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Firefighters on Hike Made a Sad Find. Now, a Happy Ending

Orphaned mountain lion cub who could barely squeak now doing much better after rescue

(Newser) - She was just over 10 pounds when she was found—"semiconscious, extremely emaciated, dehydrated, weak," and with tremors, per the San Diego Humane Society. Now, the mountain lion cub discovered by two firefighters early last month is a healthier 22 pounds, much more active, and, as the Los ...

Out of a Gender Reveal Gone Wrong, a New Tragedy

Firefighter has died near Pinezanita, Calif., in blaze sparked by party

(Newser) - On Thursday night, police and firefighters began searching for a missing elite "Hotshot" firefighter near Pinezanita, Calif., which has been engulfed in flames from a blaze started during a gender reveal party, reports KTLA . By Friday morning, sad news had emerged, per CNN . "USDA Forest Service officials on...

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