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south san francisco: three-alarm fire displaces 14


south san francisco — a three-alarm fire tore through a south city apartment complex wednesday afternoon, destroying three units and displacing 14 people, authorities said.no people or pets were injured in the blaze, which was reported at 4:50 p.m. in the 600 block of olive avenue, said battalion chief matthew samson of the south san francisco fire department. the residents had all evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.second and third alarms were called as the flames spread through the seven-unit complex.a contingent of 11 engines, three trucks and five battalion chiefs responded to the fire, which was knocked down just before 6 p.m.“it took a good amount of effort to contain and suppress,” samson said.three apartment units were significantly damaged and 14 people were displaced, sai






teacher, janitor injured in small fire at sandpiper elementary


a cooking demonstration at sandpiper elementary school in redwood city went awry on thursday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries to a teacher and a janitor.battalion chief chuck lax of the redwood city fire department said a portable, butane-powered cooking apparatus was being used outside, as part of the school’s ethnic week.the teacher using the appliance received minor burns and was transported to a hospital, lax said. a janitor had a problem with inhalation of smoke and of the fire extinguisher contents and was also transported to a hospital.“by the time we got there, everything was under control,” lax said. the department sent engine 20, ladder truck 9 and lax’s battalion car.no students were injured, and there was no damage to property in the 12:55 p.m. event, said lax.






oakland battalion chief: 1 dead, 4 hospitalized in 3-story residential fire


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressoakland, calif. (ap) — oakland battalion chief: 1 dead, 4 hospitalized in 3-story residential fire.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- a four-alarm fire swept through an oakland residential building early monday, killing at least two residents including one who was not able to escape the deadly blaze, cbs san francisco reports.oakland fire battalion chief erik logan also said monday that two residents of the building are missing.logan says two adults and two children who were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries will be released later in the day.firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire mon., march 27, 2017, in oakland, calif. ap dazed oakland residents who escaped report being wakened by neighbors’ screams and the popping of windows grown too hot from the heat. residents said they didn’t see or feel any sprinklers as they ran out, and no one reported hearing fire alarms in t






palo alto battalion fire chiefs get raises


palo alto’s four battalion fire chiefs will get pay raises of 15.5 percent under a labor deal the city council approved monday.three council members, eric filseth, lydia kou and greg tanaka, objected to the raises.filseth commended the fire department’s good work, but characterized the raises as “excessive” especially because of escalating fire service costs.“i believe that 15 percent is an extremely generous raise for a group that’s already very well compensated,” filseth said.“we’ve been talking for a long time, a couple of years, about whether we really need to keep using expensive sworn firefighters to do emt work which accounts for the majority of our service today,” filseth continued. “whereas most of our neighboring cities have moved away from that model, here in palo alto, we’re st






fund launched for child of nyc firefighter killed in fall


new york — a foundation affiliated with the fire department of new york is raising money for the daughter of the firefighter killed in a five-story fall.the fdny foundation has set up an educational fund for 8-year-old isabella tolley (toh'-lee).her father, 42-year-old william tolley, of bethpage, long island, was killed thursday while battling a fire in queens.fire commissioner daniel nigro (ny'-groh) says tolley's death is a "terrible tragedy for the department."it's among several recent losses at the fdny.in september, a fire battalion chief was killed while responding to an explosion at a marijuana grow house in the bronx.last month, an fdny emergency medical worker was struck and killed by her own ambulance after the vehicle was stolen.






two hurt in brooklyn park apartment fire


an early morning fire left five residents of a brooklyn park apartment building without a place to live.flames were seen coming from a building and a dumpster at the windsor gates apartments on the 6200 block of 78th avenue n. about 12:20 a.m. monday. the fire on the first floor spread quickly, said dan smith, battalion chief of operations for the brooklyn park fire department.the fire grew to four alarms and took hours to put out, he said.one resident and one firefighter were hurt.crews remained on the scene to check for spots in concealed roof spaces, smith said.






explosion alerts residents to backyard shed fire in atherton – the mercury news


an explosion alerted residents to a shed fire in a backyard of an atherton residence the morning of wednesday, may 3, reported menlo park fire protection district chief harold schapelhouman.“we’re not completely sure what caused the explosion, but it may have actually been helpful to the discovery of the fire,” schapelhouman said in a may 4 press release. “most people are sleeping this early in the morning, and atherton properties tend to be very large, which can often delay early discovery.”then, on tuesday, fire marshal jon johnston said that “the explosion would have been a result of the fire as it pressurized the water storage tank.”fire captain roy trester, on menlo engine 5, arrived at the fire on holbrook lane at 3.53 a.m., finding a “well-involved detached shed fire that was locate






explosion alerts residents to backyard shed fire in atherton – the mercury news


an explosion alerted residents to a shed fire in a backyard of an atherton residence the morning of wednesday, may 3, reported menlo park fire protection district chief harold schapelhouman.“we’re not completely sure what caused the explosion, but it may have actually been helpful to the discovery of the fire,” schapelhouman said in a press release. “most people are sleeping this early in the morning, and atherton properties tend to be very large, which can often delay early discovery.”fire captain roy trester, on menlo engine 5, arrived at the fire on holbrook lane at 3.53 a.m., finding a “well-involved detached shed fire that was located behind the home’s garage,” said schapelhouman. the 10×12-foot building was burning freely with fire starting to extend to a fence.five fire engines, one






the fire department where no one wants to be chief, montreal widens search as va


montreal — no one, it seems, wants to lead quebec’s largest and busiest fire service. the montreal fire department has now gone without a chief longer than anytime in the past 80 years.the last director of the department, françois massé, quit at the end of september, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. and it is an open secret that no one from outside the service and only one person from inside applied for his job. the hopeful was low enough on the management ladder to prompt the department to extend its search.an acting director, who was temporarily hoisted from a lower management job to the superior position while the department posted help-wanted ads, also recently left the service. in fact, besides the director, the montreal fire department has lost both its deputy fir






texas mosque destroyed in early-morning blaze; cause unknown


victoria, texas — an early-morning fire has destroyed a texas mosque that had been a target of hatred in the past.the victoria advocate (http://bit.ly/2k388pz ) reports that a convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the islamic center of victoria at around 2 a.m. urday and called the fire department.jeff cowan, battalion chief for the city's fire department, says firefighters and police officers found the mosque completely consumed in flames when they arrived.the blaze was extinguished about four hours later. no injuries have been reported.victoria fire marshal tom legler has asked for help from state and federal fire investigators to determine what caused the blaze.the islamic center's president, shahid hashmi, wouldn't speculate about whether it was arson, but he






police say fire in western springs home 'suspicious in nature'


the western springs fire department put out a fire in vacant house early tuesday.the department responded at about 12:27 a.m. to the fire at 4939 woodland ave. a neighbor had called to report the building was on fire.no one was inside the house and no one was injured during the fire, officials... (annemarie mannion)






st. charles house fire caused by discarded ashes, officials say


a sunday afternoon fire left a st. charles home uninhabitable, fire officials said.the st. charles fire department was called to a house in the 1800 block of south third place shortly after 1:40 p.m., according to a news release from the fire department. when firefighters arrived at the home, they found a fire had burned from the exterior of the building into the house and the attic, they said.the fire is believed to have been accidental and has been attributed to ashes from a recreational fire the previous evening that were discarded into a plastic garbage can, according to fire officials.no one was home at the time of the fire, and a neighbor called 911, according to the department. fire officials estimated there was about $125,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents. the occupa






fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- authorities in california fear at least one person is dead after an early morning four-alarm fire swept through a residential building in oakland.officials said they received calls reporting the fire around 6 a.m. and crews were quickly on the scene, cbs san francisco reports. the fire department tweeted that multiple rescues were being made, and at one point said crews were being withdrawn from the building because the roof and floors were compromised.oakland fire battalion chief erik logan said later that rescuers spotted what looked like a body on the third floor, but crews had to retreat before they could confirm.  logan said about 50 to 60 people lived in the building, which is in a mixed-use neighborhood of warehouses and auto shops. crews rescued seven people, log






one dead in minneapolis house fire


one person died friday afternoon in a two-alarm house fire on the 4100 block of beard avenue s. in minneapolis, authorities said.the victim was located on the second level of the home, the minneapolis fire department said on twitter. shortly afterward, the fire department said the victim "had been confirmed as a fatality."as of 4 p.m., the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. fire crews are currently "extinguishing hot spots," the department said on twitter.authorities are conducting secondary searches for other victims.twitter: @karenanelzamora






one dead in minneapolis house fire


one person died friday afternoon in a two-alarm house fire on the 4100 block of beard avenue s. in minneapolis, authorities said.the victim was located on the second level of the home, the minneapolis fire department said on twitter. shortly afterward, the fire department said the victim “had been confirmed as a fatality.”as of 4 p.m., the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. fire crews are currently “extinguishing hot spots,” the department said on twitter.authorities are conducting secondary searches for other victims.twitter: @karenanelzamora






mother-daughter found dead after fire destroys mission hills home


two women believed to be mother and daughter were found dead tuesday morning after a fire gutted their mission hills house, a san diego fire official said.their names have not been released.the blaze was too intense for firefighters to go in quickly to try to rescue the residents, battalion chief jeff mitchell said. the bodies were found after it was safe for firefighters to go inside.mitchell described “semi-hoarder conditions” inside the craftsman-style house on fort stockton drive between sunset boulevard and stephens street.the owner of a nearby liquor store, who said he has kept an eye on the two residents for years, said the mother was in her late 60s and the daughter in her 40s. he said both were disabled and the mother hadn’t been seen outside for some time.“they wanted nobody to b






explosion, fire cause injuries at rosebud motel in loveland – the denver post


by jeff stahla, reporter-heraldan explosion and fire sent two people to the hospital and injured two others saturday evening at the rosebud motel, 660 e. eisenhower blvd., in loveland.fire officials at the scene said the two transported to a local hospital were awake and alert when they were taken.in addition, a loveland fire rescue authority firefighter suffered minor neck injuries when debris landed on his head. the firefighter was treated and released by thompson valley emergency medical services crews at the scene.according to battalion division chief greg ward, crews from the department were already at the motel just at 7:12 p.m. answering an unrelated medical call in the front of the building when the explosion occurred in the single-story group of rooms on the south side of complex.






9 displaced in oak park extra-alarm apartment fire


nine people were displaced friday in an extra-alarm fire in oak park that officials believe started in the utility room of a three-story apartment building.the fire started about 1:20 a.m. in the basement utility room of the building in the 300 block of west washington street, said kevin fadden, the battalion chief for the oak park fire department.residents of the six-unit building got out on their own. the building's mana ent secured temporary housing for the families. the red cross said nine people were displaced by the fire, wgn-tv reported.when firefighters arrived, the blaze was elevated to a three-alarm fire. firefighters were concerned the flames could have s up along the walls because of how the older building is structured, fadden said. they also raised the incident because of the






one found dead after fire destroys mission hills home


one woman was found dead and one remained unaccounted for tuesday morning after a fire gutted their mission hills house, a san diego fire official said.the blaze was too intense for firefighters to go in quickly to try to rescue the women, battalion chief jeff mitchell said. the body was found after it was safe for firefighters to go inside.mitchell described “semi-hoarder conditions” inside the craftsman-style house on fort stockton drive between sunset boulevard and stephens street.the names of the women were not available.area residents walking their dogs noticed flames shooting out of the house and called 911 about 5 a.m., mitchell told reporters.when fire crews got there six minutes later, the single-story house was engulfed in flames, he said. it took 30 firefighters, using an aerial






firefighter injured during north side fire


a firefighter was hospitalized for exhaustion early tuesday after working an extra-alarm fire at a four-story building on the north side, according to the chicago fire department. the firefighter was taken in good condition to advocate illinois masonic medical center, according to the department. she was expected to return to work later.the fire began at 425 w. st. james place in the lincoln park area, and it spread to two buildings before it was put out about 2:30 a.m., according to the department. by 4:20 a.m., firefighters had left. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 






oakland fire captain warned of dangerous building in january


oakland, calif. — an oakland fire captain recommended in january that a building that burned this week and killed four people should be immediately shut down for safety reasons, but department officials opted to take less drastic measures, records released friday show.in an email dated jan. 8 and titled "fire safety hazard," fire captain richard chew reported that a fire alarm had been pulled and not reset and there were open piles of garbage on the third floor of the building and a padlock on the door to the fire escape.he recommended officials consider shutting the building down immediately "due to the danger to life safety."the records show battalion chief geoff hunter ordered chew to cut the padlock and other officials to contact the building's owner to fix the alarm and remove trash.a






oakland fire captain warned of dangerous building in january


oakland, calif. — an oakland fire captain recommended in january that a building that burned this week, killing four people, should be shut down immediately for safety reasons, but department officials opted to take less drastic measures, records released friday show.in an email dated jan. 8 and titled "fire safety hazard," fire captain richard chew reported that a fire alarm had been pulled and not reset and there were open piles of garbage on the third floor of the building and a padlock on the door to the fire escape.he recommended officials consider shutting the building down immediately "due to the danger to life safety."the records show battalion chief geoff hunter ordered chew to cut the padlock and other officials to contact the building's owner to fix the alarm and remove trash.ac






firefighter injured during north side fire


a firefighter was hospitalized for exhaustion early tuesday after working an extra-alarm fire at a four-story building on the city's north side, according to the chicago fire department. the firefighter was taken in good condition to advocate illinois masonic medical center, according to the fire department. she was expected to return to work later. the fire started in a four-story building at 425 west st. james place in the lincoln park area, and it spread to two other buildings before it was struck at 2:31 a.m., according to the department. by 4:20 a.m., firefighters had left the scene, though the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 






oakland fire battalion chief fears 1 dead in 3-story residential blaze


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fire in oakland: firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze


oakland, calif. -- a four-alarm fire swept through an oakland residential building early monday, killing at least three residents including one who was not able to escape the deadly blaze, cbs san francisco reports.the alameda county coroner’s office identified one of the deceased victims as 64-year-old edwarn anderson. he was one of two victims found dead on the building’s second floor, according to oakland fire battalion chief erik logan.one resident remains missing.logan says two adults and two children who were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries will be released later in the day.firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire mon., march 27, 2017, in oakland, calif. ap dazed oakland residents who escaped report being wakened by neighbors’ screams and the popping






cta: red line services resumes following track fire on near north side


normal service has resumed after a fire in the subway near the grand avenue stop on the cta’s red line wednesday afternoon, officials said.the cta's website was reporting trains were running normally as of about 4 p.m.earlier, trains were delayed and temporarily rerouted to the elevated lines due to a fire near the tracks.the fire occurred near the tracks in the 500 block of north state street, according to the cta and chicago fire department.no one was injured, according to fire department spokesman larry langford.firefighters had responded to a report of smoke in the subway but were headed back to the station after not finding a fire as of about 2:25 p.m., the department tweeted.check back for details.






swarm of bees injures 3, kills dog in las vegas


las vegas -- authorities say a swarm of bees in las vegas sent two people to the hospital and killed a dog. the clark county fire department says people were running down a small street in las vegas while being chased by bees late friday afternoon. several ambulances responded and firefighters wore protective clothing to assist people during the swarm. officials say two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and one person was treated on the scene. “our primary objective when we are responding to an event like that is to make sure that the scene is safe,” said battalion chief jon wiercinski, clark county fire department, cbs affiliate klas reports. typically, firefighters use a foam spray to stop bees if they pose an immediate threat to people and animalsthe fire departmen






swarm of bees injures 3, kill dog in las vegas


las vegas -- authorities say a swarm of bees in las vegas sent two people to the hospital and killed a dog. the clark county fire department says people were running down a small street in las vegas while being chased by bees late friday afternoon. several ambulances responded and firefighters wore protective clothing to assist people during the swarm. officials say two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and one person was treated on the scene. “our primary objective when we are responding to an event like that is to make sure that the scene is safe,” said battalion chief jon wiercinski, clark county fire department, cbs affiliate klas reports. typically, firefighters use a foam spray to stop bees if they pose an immediate threat to people and animalsthe fire departmen






9 displaced in oak park extra-alarm apartment fire


nine people were displaced friday in an extra-alarm fire that officials believe started in the utility room of a three-story apartment building in the 300 block of west washington street in suburban oak park. the fire started about 1:20 a.m. in the utility room located in the building's basement, said kevin fadden, the battalion chief for the oak park fire department. residents of the building, which has six units, got out of the building on their own. the building's mana ent secured temporary housing for the families. the red cross said nine people were displaced by the fire, wgn-tv reported.  when firefighters arrived at the scene, the incident was elevated to a three-alarm fire. firefighters were concerned the flames could have s up along the walls because of how the older building is s






dog missing after tomales bay boating tragedy found safe


marin county — yoda, a yellow labrador retriever missing since a boating accident monday in tomales bay that killed her san jose owner, was found safe after surviving three shivering days along a rocky shoreline, according to the marin county fire department.the pooch, named after the preeminent jedi master from the “star wars” film franchise, was spotted around 11:30 a.m. thursday by battalion chiefs chris martinelli and graham groneman, who happened to be on a rescue boat scouting locations to train firefighters in water rescues.they put those skills to swift use when they saw yoda about a quarter-mile north of dillon beach.“they were hugging the coastline when the saw the dog hunkered down under a rocky outcropping,” battalion chief bret mctigue, an agency spokesman, said in a news rele






man survives fall into red river in downtown fargo


fargo, n.d. — authorities say a man has survived a fall into a dangerous stretch of the red river in downtown fargo.the man was walking on the rock riprap at the bottom of a dam when he fell into the river saturday afternoon. the current in that area is treacherous but he was able to make it to shore.fargo fire department battalion chief chris rasmussen says a passer-by put the man in a car to keep him warm until first responders arrived. he was treated at the scene by f-m ambulance and then taken to a hospital to be checked for possible hypothermia.kfgo-am (http://bit.ly/2nctt6r ) reports the man's name and condition are not available.






woman dies in west seattle house fire


a woman was killed by a house fire early wednesday in west seattle, the fire department says. three other people in the house escaped.a house fire in west seattle killed a woman early wednesday, the seattle fire department said.the fire, in the 9800 block of 44th avenue southwest, broke out before 4:40 a.m. wednesday. three other people in the house escaped, fire department spokeswoman alice kim said.fire crews were on scene, near fauntleroy park, and the fire was not extinguished as of 7:15 a.m. wednesday, kim said.






dog presumed dead in boat accident found alive 3 days later


tomales bay, calif. -- a dog that was thought lost during a fatal boat accident monday was found alive by firefighters thursday morning, according to authorities.two marin county battalion chiefs were scouting locations for a firefighters’ water rescue orientation around 11:30 a.m. when they encountered the missing dog hunkered down under a rock outcropping, cbs san francisco reports.the yellow labrador retriever -- named yoda after the jedi master in star wars -- had been on board a 13-foot boston whaler that capsized in rough surf at the mouth of tomales bay around noon monday.brian phidat ho, 47, of san jose, died in the accident. ho’s fishing partner and one of the two dogs on the boat were rescued shortly after the incident by sonoma county sheriff’s office personnel, but yoda was mis






mother and daughter found dead after fire guts mission hills home


a mother and daughter who led reclusive lives in their mission hills “hoarder house” were found dead after a fire gutted the home tuesday.their names were not released officially, but neighbors and public records indicate they were elizabeth longueuiel, 68, and daughter persephone longueuiel, about age 47.fire officials said it appears that the blaze smoldered and burned quite a while before neighbors saw the house engulfed in flames about 5 a.m. and called 911. the heat was too intense for firefighters to attempt any rescues, san diego fire-rescue department battalion chief jeff mitchell said. the cause of the fire was not determined.mitchell described “semi-hoarder conditions” inside the craftsman-style house on fort stockton drive between sunset boulevard and stephens street.the owner o






dead man found after officials respond to lake forest fire


an investigation is underway into the discovery of a dead man sunday morning when officials responded to a garage fire in lake forest.lake county coroner dr. howard cooper said the man was found in the garage area of the home, but declined to comment further on the possible cause of death.a lake forest police spokesman said sunday afternoon that a news release would be issued later in the day.the lake forest fire department responded to a fire call in the 700 block of waveland road and discovered a garage fire, which was quickly extinguished, according to fire department shift commander andy allan. he said the fire was contained to the garage and was put out "in two or three minutes."the highland park fire department automatically responded to the call as well, but allan said the fire did






1 dead, 4 injured as san jose-bound plane crashes in riverside – the mercury new


riverside — one person is dead and four are injured after a plane crashed into a house in riverside, said riverside fire department battalion chief david bakas.the crash, just before 4:45 p.m., set several houses ablaze on rhonda avenue, in a neighborhood just east of riverside municipal airport.neighbors say it felt like an earthquake that was followed by a “big orange ball of fire.”the plane had just taken off, airport manager kim ellis said.faa spokesman ian gregor said the plane was a cessna 310 whose destination was san jose. the circumstances of the crash were not immediately known, gregor said.the plane, which was built in 1974 is registered to hijazi nouril, of san jose, according to faa records.h.l. reyes lives about a mile from the scene and said she felt what seemed like a small






jon sopel's gloves: how they appeared as if by magic


north america editor jon sopel has revealed the mystery behind a "glove trick" that left viewers confused.reporting from washington on president trump for friday's news at ten, sopel showed an un-gloved hand as he spoke. but a moment later, he was wearing a pair of brown gloves.the sun newspaper described the move as "magical" and one viewer tweeted: "does @ jonsopel moonlight as a sleight of hand magician in his spare time!?"but sopel said he had briefly slipped his off glove so he could unlock his mobile phone using fingerprint recognition."i would love people to think i'm a magician," he said. "what happened is that i needed to pull out a quote from trump - i realised my phone had gone off and took my glove off to quickly activate it."there was a small lectern out of s where he could p