Tag: Fires and Firefighters

Man Gets 9 Years in Prison After Nuclear Bunker Project Ends in Worker’s Fiery Death

A Maryland man was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after his secret project — the excavation of a nuclear bunker underneath his home — ended with the death of a worker he had hired to dig the tunnels. The man, Daniel L. Beckwitt, did not testify during his trial, in which he was […]

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Man With ‘Kill Rabbi Max’ Tattoo on Arm Is Arrested in Arson

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Sometime on Saturday, Marlon Haywood received a text from his tenant: “I am on the run from the police BIG TIME.” In the home they shared outside Pittsburgh, Mr. Haywood knew his tenant, Matthew Karelefsky, as a troubled man. […]

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A Teenager Had Nearly Escaped a Raging Fire. Then He Heard a Little Girl’s Cries.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] France McDonald stood outside his 3-year-old daughter’s funeral last week in tears, smoking a cigarette and wondering what kind of man he was. If he were fleeing from a burning building, trying to lead his family to safety — […]

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He Tried to Plug a Wasp Nest. He Ended Up Sparking California’s Biggest Wildfire.

POTTER VALLEY, Calif. — It was a fire that crossed mountain ranges and valleys, that spanned multiple counties and shocked Californians by its sheer scale — by far the biggest wildfire in modern state history. And yet a newly disclosed investigation suggests it was likely started by a single man and a single spark. In […]

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Recordings by Elton John, Nirvana and Thousands More Lost in Fire

Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood. At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park’s “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works. But, according to an article published on Tuesday by The New York […]

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The Day the Music Burned

1. ‘The Vault Is on Fire’ The fire that swept across the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood on Sunday, June 1, 2008, began early that morning, in New England. At 4:43 a.m., a security guard at the movie studio and theme park saw flames rising from a rooftop on the set known as New England […]

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9/11 Memorial: New Section Dedicated to Rescue Workers Who ‘Inspired the World’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Every year on Sept. 11, relatives and friends of people killed at the World Trade Center return to the memorial that fills the footprints of the towers. The mayor, even presidential candidates, have joined them as the victims’ names […]

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Man Who Set Himself on Fire Near the White House Dies From Injuries

WASHINGTON — A man who set himself on fire Wednesday in a park south of the White House has died, the United States Park Police said early Thursday. The man was identified as Arnav Gupta, 33, of Bethesda, Md. He had been reported missing by the Montgomery County Police Department on Wednesday. Officers with the […]

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