Fires

Flames from a major blaze which has broken out at the Primark store in Belfast city centre, in Northern Ireland, Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is currently in attendance at the scene. (Liam McBurney PA via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 9:27 am
LONDON (AP) — A fire has gutted a landmark Belfast building in a blaze that sent dark smoke billowing over the Northern Ireland capital. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service says it was called Tuesday morning to a blaze at the Bank Buildings, home to clothing retailer Primark. Flames...
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This Nov. 2, 2017, photo provided by Alex Apons shows his house and car that were leveled to ashes after the deadly October 2017 wildfires ravaged his Coffey Park neighborhood, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Apons said his insurance policy fell $200,000 short of what it cost the 34-year-old new father to rebuild his home. He and his wife wanted to stay because they had a baby on the way and both have deep family roots in the area. (Alex Apons via AP)
August 27, 2018 - 10:30 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Construction crews have already put up the frame on Cheri Sharp's new house, but she still questions whether rebuilding was the right choice after California's most destructive wildfire took her old home in wine country nearly a year ago. She's had to dip into retirement...
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Chicago firefighters walk under tape at the scene of a fire that killed several people including multiple children Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Chicago. The cause of the blaze hasn't been determined. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)
August 27, 2018 - 8:42 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago's deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said Monday. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said...
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People look out over the ocean along Waikiki Beach in a light rain from Tropical Storm Lane, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Honolulu. Federal officials said Saturday that torrential rains are now the biggest threat to Hawaii after the once-powerful hurricane that threatened the island state was downgraded to a tropical storm, and they urged people to continue to take the storm seriously. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 26, 2018 - 1:22 pm
Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes. There were no deaths from the storm...
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In this photo provided by Jessica Henricks, is flooding and damage from Hurricane Lane Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, near Hilo, Hawaii. Hurricane Lane barreled toward Hawaii on Friday, dumping torrential rains that inundated the Big Island's main city as people elsewhere stocked up on supplies and piled sandbags to shield oceanfront businesses against the increasingly violent surf. The city of Hilo, population 43,000, was flooded with waist-high water. (Jessica Henricks via AP)
August 25, 2018 - 12:44 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Maui firefighters say a wildfire that rapidly spread as a hurricane bore down on their island is now 80 percent contained. Maui County Fire Battalion Chief Michael Werner said Saturday the fire has burned 2,000 acres in...
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This image taken from a video footage run by China's CCTV on Aug. 25, 2018, via AP Video, shows Beilong Hot Spring Hotel in Harbin's Sun Island resort area, following a fire. More than a dozen of people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China's northeastern city of Harbin early Saturday, the local government said. (CCTV via AP Video)
August 25, 2018 - 2:45 am
BEIJING (AP) — At least 19 people were killed in a fire at a resort hotel in China's northeastern city of Harbin early Saturday, the local government said. The disaster added to a string of deadly blazes that have plagued China despite official efforts to improve public safety over the past two...
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Bodyboarders jump into the surf along Waikiki Beach ahead of Hurricane Lane, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 24, 2018 - 8:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it headed toward the Hawaiian islands. But it still brought torrential rains that immersed a city in waist-deep water and forced people to flee flooding homes, while others jumped off seawalls with boogie boards into the...
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August 24, 2018 - 2:35 pm
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — A wildfire on Maui has likely incinerated homes near the tourist town of Lahaina while forcing people from an evacuation center opened as Hurricane Lane nears the island, officials said Friday. "It is very likely that homes have been destroyed but our guys are too busy...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire near Ladoga, Calif. A nationwide telecommunications company that slowed internet service to firefighters as they battled the largest wildfire in California history says it has removed all speed cap restrictions for first responders on the West Coast. Verizon Senior Vice President Mike Maiorana says the service restrictions were removed as of Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, and include Hawaii, where emergency crews have rescued people from areas flooded by Hurricane Lane. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 24, 2018 - 1:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A nationwide telecommunications company rolled out changes Friday as state lawmakers said they were outraged to learn that Verizon slowed Northern California firefighters' internet service while they battled what became the state's largest-ever wildfire. Verizon said it...
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Firefighters battle a wildfire near the village Klausdorf, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) south of Berlin on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 1:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — Three villages southwest of Berlin have been evacuated as a wildfire the size of 400 soccer fields spread Friday. More than 500 people had to leave their homes as a result of the fire in Treuenbrietzen, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside of Berlin. "Our main goal is to protect the...
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