HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school student was burned after another student started a fire on a school bus, police said.
High Point police Capt. Patrick O’Toole said that the Southern Guilford High School student was among 15 on the bus around 5 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It only took about a day after Chase Elliott wished Kevin Harvick “a merry offseason and Happy Christmas” for NASCAR's reigning champion to get the zinger on merchandise on his official website.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday.
The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of the blaze jumped to 41%, up from 5% 24 hours earlier.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An explosion and fire in a Tempe house where two women were found dead wasn't accidental, but circumstances of the incident remain unclear, city officials announced Friday.
Investigators determined that the explosion occurred early Monday morning when vapors from unknown accelerants came into contact with “an ignition source," a city statement said.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A fire broke out on the third floor of an apartment building in Hamden, killing a person and displacing several dozen people.
Firefighters from three towns battled the blaze which began in an just before 9 p.m.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A 35-year-old Oregon woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for her role in several burglaries that happened while residents were evacuated from wildfires that sparked over Labor Day weekend in 2020.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to address the economic risks from climate change, issuing a 40-page report Friday on government-wide plans to protect the financial, insurance and housing markets and the savings of American families.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A woman who was among four people seriously injured in a huge building explosion and fire last month that damaged at least 140 apartments has died, Swedish police said Friday.
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese officials set up an independent commission Friday to investigate the conditions at a run-down building in the port city of Kaohsiung where a fire killed 46 people, while authorities scoured the blackened ruins for the cause of the blaze.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four people are in critical condition with burns after they were pulled from an airplane that went down Thursday afternoon near a private airstrip in Sacramento County, fire officials said.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A key Southern California highway closed for days because of a wildfire was reopened Thursday evening but authorities warned that flames still posed a threat to remote properties in a coastal mountain range.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Massive wildfires are making it harder for some California homeowners to get property insurance, pitting the state's insurance commissioner against the industry in an escalating conflict that will likely stretch into 2022's statewide elections.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A homeless man died of his injuries after being set on fire while in a sleeping bag in a San Francisco street, police said.
The 43-year-old man told investigators he was asleep Friday in the Mission District when he woke up to find his sleeping bag in flames, police said in a statement Wednesday.
KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been jailed on a $1 million bond after investigators say he set his girlfriend on fire, a sheriff's office said.
The Duplin County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that deputies responded to a call on Monday in which a woman said her boyfriend doused her with rubbing alcohol and set her on fire.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Severe storms swept across Greece Thursday, flooding hundreds of homes in Athens and prompting evacuations on the island of Evia that was ravaged by summer wildfires.
Rescuers were also preparing to use helicopters to lift stranded people off rooftops in flooded and remote areas on the northwestern island of Corfu, Civil Protection and Climate Change Minister Christos Stylianides said.
LONDON (AP) — A British police chief resigned Thursday after sparking an outcry with comments he made about how women should be more “streetwise” when he spoke about the abduction, rape and murder of a woman by a police officer.
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 46 people were killed and another 41 injured after a fire broke out early Thursday in a run-down mixed commercial and residential building in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, officials said.
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) — A fire in a mobile home left two people dead in north Florida early Thursday, officials said.
The home was engulfed in smoke when Clay County Fire Rescue crews arrived shortly after 2:30 a.m.
ALMIRA, Wash. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a school in an eastern Washington town.
Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said the fire at Almira Elementary and Middle School started around 4:30 p.m.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down Wednesday as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise the risk of infernos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Kansas City men were charged with murder after a shooting that left two men dead in March, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Earl L. Dunn III, 20, and Vontez G. Howard, 24, were each with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery, and five other counts.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An electrical malfunction sparked a fire that killed a child and a teenager last month in western Pennsylvania, authorities said.
Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said Tuesday that DNA analysis was used to identify the bodies of 8-year-old Zyvre Gaines and 15-year-old Nakiya Success following the Sept.
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) — An oceanfront condominium with electrical problems near Fort Lauderdale has been evacuated, and now supply chain delays in getting equipment for repairs could keep the residents out of their homes for months.
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were expanded Tuesday for a growing wildfire driven by intense winds that has shut down a key Southern California highway for more than a day.
At least 200 firefighters battled the Alisal Fire, which had scorched 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) along coastal Santa Barbara County and was only 5% contained, county fire officials said.
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Fire crews from multiple cities had a large fire under control at a Darigold processing plant in downtown Caldwell Tuesday afternoon after several hours, authorities said.
The fire was reported just after 2:30 p.m., according to Canyon County dispatch.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A suspicious fire at a mosque in University Place Monday caused smoke, water and fire damage, authorities said.
The fire started at the Islamic Center of Tacoma around 8:10 p.m.
LONDON (AP) — A fire erupted on the 20th floor of an apartment building in southwest London on Tuesday evening, causing dozens of residents, including children in pajamas, to flee the tower and injuring one woman and a child, authorities said.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A man's body was found in a house in North Carolina after firefighters put out a fire there, officials said.
Firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 10 p.m.
WINDYVIILLE, Mo. (AP) — Investigators found two incendiary devices at the southwest Missouri home of a suspect in the disappearance of a woman who reportedly was held in a cage at the house, Springfield fire officials said.
HOLLANDALE, Minn. (AP) — A fire in southern Minnesota has claimed the lives of more than 100 rabbits.
The Albert Lea Tribune reports the fire broke out in a barn north of Hollandale on Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power to about 25,000 customers in central and northern California Monday and Southern California Edison warned it may do the same for up to 9,000 of its customers as high winds toppled trees, downed power lines and ignited fires that forced people to flee from their homes.
SANTEE, Calif. (AP) — A small plane crashed in a densely populated San Diego suburb Monday, killing two people, including a UPS driver and an Arizona physician, and leaving a trail of destruction that sent neighbors scrambling to save neighbors.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Two women have been found dead after a fire tore through a Tempe home early Monday, authorities said.
Tempe fire officials say the deadly blaze erupted around 1:30 a.m.
A cause of the fire has not been determined, but city officials said investigators have ruled out a natural gas line leak as a possibility.
GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after he and two siblings, ages 9 and 4, were playing with fire in a “fort” made from a concrete stairway on a flatbed trailer.
The children used a lighter Sunday afternoon to set fire to “a small pile of combustible objects as though it was a campfire,” the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Monday.
MECHANIC, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said they were investigating a fatal fire at a house in Mechanic Falls on Monday.
Authorities received a call about the fire on Sunday night. The Maine State Fire Marshal's Office said the body of Terry Bisbee, 74, was found inside the residence.
GIBBON, Neb. (AP) — A man died in an apartment fire in south-central Nebraska late last week, authorities said.
The fire broke out Friday night at the Colony Acres apartments in Gibbon, the Kearney Hub reported.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A woman’s death in an August house fire is now being investigated as a homicide by Norfolk Police and the Fire Marshal’s Office after the discovery of new evidence, officials said.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed in a house fire in Oregon City.
KOIN reports that Clackamas Fire was called to the blaze just after 1:30 a.m.
ZAHRANI, Lebanon (AP) — Firefighters extinguished a huge blaze that broke out in a storage tank at one of Lebanon's main oil facilities in the country's south Monday. The fire sent orange flames and a thick black column of smoke into the sky.
EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — One person was injured when a gas explosion destroyed a house on Sunday night, fire officials in Harford County said.
Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company Assistant Chief John Terrell said the explosion destroyed one house and damaged two other homes, WBAL-TV reported.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities on the Greek island of Evia said Monday that more than 200 homes were damaged by weekend flooding, with most of the affected areas left unprotected in the wake of huge summer wildfires.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it may shut off power to about 44,000 customers in California beginning on Monday due to potentially dry, gusty winds that could raise the risk electrical equipment sparking fires.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A small plane that crashed just after takeoff from a suburban airport in a northeast suburb of Atlanta, killing all four people aboard, was full of fuel and headed for Houston, according to authorities.
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Seven residents and staff members of a Kentucky nursing home that caught fire Sunday were taken to a hospital with injuries, authorities said.
WLEX-TV reported that crews with the Danville Fire Department went to Landmark of Danville nursing home Sunday morning and saw smoke coming from a residential building.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The island of Evia, Greece’s second-largest, has been hit by floods months after devastating forest fires last summer destroyed about a third of its forest cover.
There were no casualties from the heavy rains that hit the northern part of the island, but dozens of residents had to be evacuated from flooded homes, roads became impassable and beaches were filled with mud sliding down from nearby mountains that were now devoid of vegetation.
WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) — A house blaze in Massachusetts that forced a woman and baby to escape through a window is being blamed on a charging hoverboard.
Authorities say the woman called 911 from the Wareham house early Saturday and said she was trapped in the house with the baby.
PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether two suspicious fires in Vermont are connected.
One of the fires happened Saturday at an auto repair shop in Putney, Vermont State Police said.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The fire, floods and massive debris flows of the past year in Glenwood Canyon could help answer an aeons-old question — where exactly does the underground source of water that feeds Hanging Lake begin?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fuel shutoff valves outside the engine room might have stopped a fire that destroyed a shrimp boat after an explosion off Louisiana last year, federal investigators say.
Other shrimpers saw the smoke and rescued all four people from the Master Dylan.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — A small plane crashed just after takeoff Friday afternoon from a suburban airport in a northeast suburb of Atlanta, killing all four people aboard, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Cessna 210 crashed about 1:10 p.m.