Tag: Fires and Firefighters

3 People Shot Dead in Burning Harlem Building, Officials Say

Three people were fatally shot in a Harlem building on Friday, with reports of gunfire and flames complicating the response by police officers and firefighters, officials said. Firefighters responded to a call of a fire at the building, on West 131st Street, just before 3 p.m., officials said. Around the same time, officers responded to […]

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How California’s ‘Demonized’ Winds Shape Wildfire Season

By Jill Cowan ImageFirefighters work to extinguish the Saddleridge Fire burning in the hills between Sylmar and Santa Clarita.CreditEtienne Laurent/EPA, via Shutterstock Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.) Among meteorological phenomena, California’s autumn winds have distinctly bad reputations. The past couple of weeks haven’t done […]

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California Is Trying to Prevent Fires. No One Expected a Smoking Garbage Truck.

A utility shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers. Municipalities prohibited people from burning debris. Fire departments called in reinforcements amid dry and windy weather. But the fire precautions of officials and residents across California this week did nothing to prevent a deadly fire in Riverside County sparked by an unlikely culprit: a […]

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The Haves and Have-Nots of (Electrical) Power in California

PARADISE, Calif. — The intentional blackout by California’s largest utility this week put Forest Jones out of work and his son out of school. On Friday morning Mr. Jones, a handyman and single father, sat in his apartment above a tattoo parlor waiting for the power to come back on and for school to reopen. […]

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Saddleridge Fire Rips Through Southern California, Forcing Evacuations

A fire tore through Southern California overnight on Friday, forcing mandatory evacuations of more than 12,000 homes and setting mobile homes ablaze, just as power was being restored to hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians. The Saddleridge fire was burning more than 4,000 acres in northwest Los Angeles as of Friday morning, according to the […]

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For the Most Vulnerable, California Blackouts ‘Can Be Life or Death’

MORAGA, Calif. — When Ben Faus went to bed at his home in the foothills above the Monterey Bay, he knew there was a chance his power would go out but he didn’t know exactly when. About 3 a.m. on Thursday he was jolted awake because his sleep apnea breathing machine stopped working. “All of […]

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Five-Alarm Fire Injures 10 at Bronx Apartment Building

A five-alarm fire engulfed the top floor of a Bronx apartment building on Friday night, injuring 10 people — two of them seriously — and prompting more than 200 firefighters to respond, the authorities said. Nine of the 10 people injured were firefighters, according to Jason Powell, a Fire Department spokesman, who said that one […]

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Fires Rage in Indonesia, Turning the Sky Red

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people. Dense white smoke filled the air across Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, the two areas that were hardest hit. […]

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Children of 9/11, Following Their Fathers’ Last Footsteps

They were just children when their fathers ran toward the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. They grew up revering parents — firefighters and police officers — who were killed that day, or died years later from the toxic dust. When a reporter starts to ask them “How old?” — wanting to know their current […]

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F.B.I. Increases Reward in Series of Unsolved Church Arsons in El Paso

In the early morning of May 7, when it was still dark, someone threw an “incendiary device” at St. Matthew Catholic Church in El Paso, the authorities said. On May 13, the same thing happened at St. Patrick Cathedral. And on June 15, the authorities said, an incendiary device was thrown into the San Judas […]

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Smoky Fire Forces Evacuation at Hyatt Times Square, Officials Say

A smoky fire at the Hyatt Times Square on West 45th Street prompted the evacuation of guests on Sunday morning. The fire, which started in duct work, was reported about 7:40 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said. Three people had minor injuries, the spokesman said. A representative of the hotel could not immediately be reached. […]

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Emergency Medical Workers Deserve Pay Equity

Christell Cadet says she had been on the job as a paramedic for the New York Fire Department for just weeks in 2012 when the ambulance she and her partner were in came under gunfire during a call in Harlem, forcing them to peel away. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians in New York learn to […]

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Minnesota Police Announce Arrest in Synagogue Fire

The authorities in northern Minnesota said they had made an arrest in connection with a fire that destroyed a synagogue last week, adding to a rise in anti-Semitic crimes and rhetoric. The fire, reported early Monday, tore through the 118-year-old Adas Israel Congregation synagogue in Duluth just weeks before the Jewish High Holy Days. A […]

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Multilevel Deck Collapse Injures 21 People at the Jersey Shore; 2 Treated for Trauma

A weekend for winding down summer at the Jersey Shore turned into a mass casualty scene on Saturday night when at least two decks on a three-story rental home collapsed onto each other, the authorities said. At least 21 people were injured in the episode, including an unspecified number of firefighters who had come to […]

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What We Found About Notre-Dame’s Lead, and What It May Mean for You

The fire at Notre-Dame in April destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, which were covered with 460 tons of lead tiles. Tiny particles of some of that lead mixed with the plume of smoke that drifted over Paris. Then that lead-laced dust settled on buildings, squares, parks, and plazas, test indicate. It also is likely […]

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Entire Crew Was Asleep Before Boat Fire Killed 34, N.T.S.B. Finds

All six crew members of the Conception were asleep when the boat caught fire and sank off the coast of Southern California early on Sept. 2, killing 34 people, according to a new federal report. The two-page preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board describes the crew’s attempts to reach the 33 passengers trapped […]

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A Firefighter’s Suicide, and the Latent Toll of 9/11

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Wednesday, the first day of a new state law requiring a moment of silence in schools on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Weather: Mostly sunny, but there’s a chance of thunderstorms tonight. The high may reach into the upper 80s. Alternate-side […]

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After 9/11, Venice Feted Firefighters. The Party Is Still Going.

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Daniel Nigro was chief of operations for the New York Fire Department. By the end of the day, after 343 firefighters had died, including Peter J. Ganci Jr., the department chief, he was in charge. Mr. Nigro immediately became a public figure for collective grief. “We could see […]

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Authorities Search California Offices of Boat Operator After Fire That Killed 34

The authorities in Southern California said on Monday that they had searched the Santa Barbara offices of the business that operated the scuba diving vessel in which a fire erupted last week, leaving 34 people dead. The development could lead to criminal charges in the disaster. Investigators searched the offices of Truth Aquatics as well […]

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Australia Bushfires Arrive Early, Destroying Historic Lodge in ‘Omen’ of Future

SYDNEY, Australia — The conservationists who built the secluded Binna Burra Lodge in Australia’s lush mountains more than 80 years ago hoped to protect and share the natural beauty of the surrounding rainforest. But over the weekend, a bushfire destroyed the beloved getaway, one of Australia’s oldest nature resorts — drawing tears from neighbors and […]

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