Tag: Fires and Firefighters

Arizona Wildfires Force Hundreds to Evacuate as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Wildfires across Arizona have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, fleeing blazes — including one that has already consumed over 100 square miles — as the state grapples with a spike in confirmed coronavirus infections. The Bush Fire, around 30 miles northeast of Phoenix, has burned over 64,000 acres since Saturday, according to fire officials. […]

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Arizona Wildfires Force Hundreds to Evacuate as Coronavirus Cases Surge

Wildfires across Arizona have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, fleeing blazes — including one that has already consumed over 100 square miles — as the state grapples with a spike in confirmed coronavirus infections. The Bush Fire, around 30 miles northeast of Phoenix, has burned over 64,000 acres since Saturday, according to fire officials. […]

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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. One firefighter had a severe cut to an arm, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said at a news conference. He said the firefighter was […]

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Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground

The burning of a church in northern Mississippi this week is being investigated as arson because of a spray-painted message at the scene that seemed to criticize the church’s defiance of coronavirus restrictions. First Pentecostal Church had sued the city of Holly Springs, Miss., which is about an hour southeast of Memphis, arguing that its […]

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Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The last thing we need right now is another risk to worry about. But across much of the American West, wildfires should be a big concern as summer approaches. This is especially true in Northern California, where the winter of 2019-20 was exceptionally dry and has set the stage for a potentially frightening wildfire season. […]

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Wildfires in Florida Panhandle Force Hundreds to Evacuate

Hundreds of people were told to evacuate their homes on Thursday as wildfires swept through several counties in the Florida Panhandle, the authorities said. The largest wildfire stretched across 2,000 acres in Santa Rosa County, in the northwestern part of the state, the authorities said. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, grew as it […]

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His Day Job: Cory Booker’s Top Aide. His Night One: E.M.S. Volunteer.

For the past few weeks, Matt Klapper has spent his days as Senator Cory Booker’s chief of staff wrangling with congressional aides over benefits for emergency medical technicians. At night, he strapped on his own mask and isolation gown — the same kind he’s trying to secure in the millions for first responders. As Washington […]

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Colorado Paramedic Who Came to Help New York Dies From Covid-19

Mr. Cary, a retired firefighter who worked for three decades with the Aurora Fire Department, was known for being a skilled paramedic who was willing to pitch in to cover the shifts of co-workers. A colleague, Rick Diemert, described Mr. Cary as a “really, really dependable gentleman.” Mr. Cary arrived in New York City in […]

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‘We Are Not Learning Lessons’: South Korea Mourns an Avoidable Disaster

SEOUL, South Korea — Seventy-eight workers, from nine different subcontractors, were busy Wednesday laying tiles and installing cargo elevators to meet a June deadline for completing a four-story cold-storage warehouse. Another crew was coating underground walls with polyurethane foam — a cheap but efficient insulator that can easily catch fire and then emit extremely toxic […]

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Fire at Construction Site Kills 36 in South Korea, With More Feared Dead

SEOUL, South Korea — A blaze at a construction site southeast of Seoul killed 36 people on Wednesday in one of the deadliest fires to hit South Korea in recent years, police officers and local news reports said. With emergency workers still looking for four more people who may remain trapped inside a building filled […]

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Australia’s Fire Season Ends, and Researchers Look to the Next One

SYDNEY, Australia — On March 2, for the first time in 240 days, not a single bush fire burned in the state of New South Wales. The state’s Rural Fire Service declared the worst fire season in history, during which 25 people in NSW were killed, officially over. In those eight months, 6 percent, or […]

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Marking Notre-Dame Fire in a Locked-Down Paris

PARIS — On the evening of April 15, 2019, the world watched Notre-Dame burn. Confused tourists pointed their smartphones as smoke billowed out of the cathedral’s rooftop. Horrified Parisians watched from the Seine River’s banks as flames tore through the centuries-old attic, sending the spire crashing into the vaults below. President Emmanuel Macron, beamed to […]

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New York’s Paramedics: Fighting Coronavirus and Forgotten

Christell Cadet, a New York Fire Department paramedic, loves her job. I know because she told me. When I asked her what it was like to be on the ambulance last year, she spoke of the thrill of saving a life, of racing toward danger to help when others were running away. Christell has been […]

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Albert Petrocelli, Fire Chief Who Lost a Son on 9/11, Dies at 73

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. In recent years, Albert Petrocelli was known in Staten Island’s Huguenot section as that nice man with the rosary beads and the bountiful garden. He walked the local streets, rosary in hand, offering to say prayers for those who […]

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6 Killed in House Fire in Rural Indiana, Officials Say

Six people were left dead in a fire that destroyed a family home in rural Indiana early Saturday morning, officials said. Investigators have not yet positively identified the victims of the fatal blaze, Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of the Indiana State Police said on Twitter. The fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. and may have started […]

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How New York Changed After the Worst Tragedy No One Remembers

Before the fire was out and the smoke had lifted, Ruben Valladares was already in the emergency room with second- and third-degree burns covering half his body. The ambulance call report, handwritten at 3:47 a.m. and updated several times over the next hour, detailed the location of his injuries: “Upper and Lower,” “Entire Face, Back […]

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How the Coronavirus Crisis May Hinder Efforts to Fight Wildfires

In San Jose, Calif., just under 10 percent of the city’s firefighters, some of whom also help battle the state’s wildfires, this week found themselves either infected with the coronavirus or in quarantine. And firefighters across the country, in states including Georgia, Indiana and Washington, are under quarantine amid the coronavirus crisis. Much of the […]

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Meet the Firefighters, Nurses and Janitors on the Coronavirus Front Lines

Paramedics holed up in quarantine after being exposed to disease victims. Nurses in masks and coveralls trying to make small talk with ailing patients. Office cleaning crews working late into the night, scouring door handles, sanitizing elevator buttons and hanging up signs urging people to please, wash their hands. As the coronavirus spreads, a growing […]

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Has Australia Reached a Climate Tipping Point?

ImageBurned trees near Sarsfield, Australia, last month.Credit…James Ross/Agence France-Presse, via Pool/Afp Via Getty Images SYDNEY, Australia — Australia the untouchable bubble is no more. Only a few months ago, I joked with friends who had just returned from life in the northern hemisphere that, with the state of the world at that moment, our distance […]

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Australian Police Treating Car Fire That Killed 3 Children as Crime Scene

Three young children and one man were killed on Wednesday in a horrific car fire that was declared a crime scene by the police in the northeastern Australian city of Brisbane. Detective Inspector Mark Thompson of the Brisbane police said a woman who was also involved in the deadly blaze was in the hospital with […]

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In Australia’s Most Populous State, ‘All Fires Are Contained’

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildfires that began in September, consumed millions of acres of forest and burned through beachside towns and suburbs are finally out in most of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, emergency services said Friday. Some fires in the southern part of the state still haven’t been extinguished, said Rob Rogers, the […]

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6 Children and Mother Die in Mississippi Fire, Officials Say

A fire that ripped through a Mississippi home early on Saturday killed a mother and her six children despite the father’s efforts to get them out safely, officials said. Firefighters found the home on Old Vicksburg Road in Clinton, Miss., engulfed in flames after responding to a call around 12:30 a.m., Fire Chief Jeff Blackledge […]

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There’s No Place Like Kangaroo Island. Can It Survive Australia’s Fires?

KANGAROO ISLAND, Australia — Kangaroo Island is Australia in miniature. It is a wildlife haven, with its own varieties of kangaroos, echidnas (a spiny anteater) and cockatoos, as well as a koala population seen as insurance should disaster strike the species on the mainland. It is a tourism magnet, with luxury cliff-top lodges and beaches […]

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