Tag: Fires and Firefighters

Fire Displaces 200 Residents of a Halfway House in Paterson, N.J.

A fire destroyed the largest halfway house in Paterson, N.J., on Saturday, displacing about 200 residents who the city’s mayor said had been trying to turn their lives around while recovering from addiction. Plumes of smoke from the fire, which broke out around 11 a.m. at the Straight & Narrow halfway house, could be seen […]

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As Amazon Fires Spread, So Do the Misleading Photos

The jarring photographs of flames tearing through the Amazon have captivated attention around the world, but they may not always be what they seem. The fires have prompted global calls for a boycott of Brazil, whose far-right president has cut back on protection of wild lands, but many of the images widely shared online by […]

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Brazil Plans to Mobilize the Military to Fight Fires in the Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO — Facing global scorn over environmental policies that have contributed to a rash of fires in the Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said Friday that he was planning to send the military to contain the blazes. After being largely dismissive about the fires earlier in the week, and claiming without evidence […]

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Walmart Says Tesla Solar Panels Set Fires Atop Stores

A series of rooftop blazes at Walmart stores in recent years left the retail giant with a pressing question: What was causing all the fires? In a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, Walmart proposed an explanation. “The answer was obvious and startling,” the complaint said. “The stores all had Tesla […]

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Gran Canaria Fire, Spain’s Worst This Year, Forces Evacuation of 9,000

MADRID — Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Tuesday to bring under control a forest fire on one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, as the blaze forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people. Luis Planas, Spain’s agriculture minister, said the fire was the country’s worst this year. […]

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Notre-Dame Construction Resumes in Paris, but Worries About Lead Remain

PARIS — Construction resumed at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, weeks after authorities had shut the site down over worries about lead contamination linked to the fire in April. The work restarted with stricter decontamination measures in place, but amid concerns that authorities still weren’t doing enough to contain the blaze’s toxic fallout. […]

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Scorched Portugal Turns to the Goat as a Low-Cost Firefighter

VERMELHOS, Portugal — Portugal has scrambled to find solutions to wildfires that have ravaged the country in recent years. It has tested high-tech tools like drones and used satellites and aircraft to fight the fires. It has grappled with long-term policy changes to improve land management that could prevent them. And then there is the […]

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How Peter Greenberg, Travel Expert, Spends His Sundays

As the travel editor for CBS News, Peter Greenberg spends much of the year outside of New York, where he has homes in Manhattan and Fire Island, the latter of which was built by his parents 55 years ago. “I love Fire Island,” he said. “It’s the Hamptons without the attitude.” During the summer, he […]

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With No Boys Born in Nearly 10 Years, a Polish Village Finds Fame in Its Missing Males

MIEJSCE ODRZANSKIE, Poland — The mayor is offering a reward for the missing. Scientists want to investigate their absence. And television crews have come searching for answers about a small Polish village’s strange population anomaly. No boy has been born there in almost a decade. The detail first attracted the attention of the Polish news […]

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After a Catastrophic Fire, a Long Road Back

The day the Treadmark apartment building went up in flames in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, James Keefe, the $45 million property’s developer, waited anxiously on the back porch of his home a few blocks away. A few friends and key employees commiserated with Mr. Keefe, a principal at Trinity Financial, as swarms of firefighters […]

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Pakistani Military Plane Crashes, Killing at Least 10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A small Pakistani military plane crashed into a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, including five people on board, and injuring at least 12 others, rescue officials said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known and military officials said the small plane, belonging […]

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California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already

CLEARLAKE, Calif. — Two thousand homes lost and two-thirds of the land burned: The residents of Lake County, a sparsely populated area north of Napa Valley, understand better than most the devastating cost of wildfires in recent years. Yet few people in Lake County, or in many other fire-prone parts of California, could have anticipated […]

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How Notre-Dame Was Saved: 5 Things We Know

How was it that fire ravaged Notre-Dame? And how was it saved? A New York Times investigation found that a miscommunication among security employees and flawed planning let the fire spin out of control in one of France’s most revered monuments on April 15. When the firefighters were called, it was already too late to […]

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Deep-Fried Tempura Flakes Are Linked to a Series of Sushi Restaurant Fires

Deep-fried tempura flakes, a key ingredient sprinkled on sushi rolls for crunch and known as agedama or tenkasu, Japanese for “heavenly waste,” have been linked to a series of restaurant fires in multiple states. Five of them occurred in Wisconsin, said Kara Nelson, a fire investigator in the capital, Madison, where two restaurants sustained more […]

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Irate Houseguest, Asked to Leave, Set Fatal Fire in Queens

Rafelina Moreno was known for opening the doors of her two-story house in Queens to all who were in need, neighbors and family members said. On Wednesday afternoon, her house of hospitality turned into one of profound tragedy. An irate houseguest, whom Ms. Moreno had asked to leave, set a fire that swept quickly through […]

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Arson Suspected in Queens Fire That Killed Three, Including a 6-Year-Old Girl

A fire that killed three people in Queens on Wednesday appeared to have been intentionally set, police and fire officials said Thursday. The blaze killed two men and a 6-year-old girl when it swept through the top floor of a two-story home in Elmhurst on Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. A woman and a baby […]

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Damaged Russian Submersible Has Nuclear Power Unit, but It’s Intact, Kremlin Says

MOSCOW — The Russian military submersible that suffered a deadly fire in the Arctic has a nuclear-powered engine, President Vladimir V. Putin revealed on Thursday, but his defense minister said the power unit was not seriously affected by the accident. The fire erupted on Monday aboard what Russian officials described as a deep-sea research vessel […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘In the Summer, We Sleep Naked’

A Question in the Ashes Our little river cabin caught on fire from grease burning on the stove. Miles away from the nearest Alabama volunteer fire department, we tried to put out the flames with the garden hose. Hours later, amid the blackened walls and stench of burned furniture and plastic, we finally slept. The […]

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