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  • Wellesley profs want control over speaker invitations

    03/22/2017 9:19:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 22, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A group of Wellesley College professors recently sent a campus-wide email arguing that bringing controversial speakers to campus can cause grave harm to students. The full letter, which was obtained and published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), was written by six professors who stand on the Wellesley Commission for Race, Ethnicity, and Equity.
  • Man burns down parents' house, kills pets while trying to exterminate ants

    03/20/2017 9:00:36 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Associated Press writer
    Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches. Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house. ...the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time... the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely.
  • 8 alarm fire in Overland Park KS

    03/20/2017 7:18:04 PM PDT · by Mercat · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/20/2017 | AP
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the suburban neighborhood nearby, The Kansas City Star reported ( ). Once one roof caught fire, embers jumped from roof to roof, spreading the blaze, said Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes. "It's a bit of a war zone down there frankly," Rhodes said. No serious...
  • ‘No other choice’: Dad caught family members as they jumped from fire, but pregnant wife landed hard

    03/18/2017 8:39:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 3/17/17 | Annie Zak
    <p>Andrew Engelking doesn't know exactly how he was able to catch his kids and break the fall of his pregnant wife as they leapt from their third-floor Spenard apartment to escape a deadly fire that destroyed the building a month ago.</p>
  • Massive fire destroys Raleigh apartment block

    03/17/2017 12:42:01 PM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/17/2017 | Reuters
    Reuters: Massive fire destroys Raleigh apartment block - only one injury from glass - non life threatening
  • Large Fire Downtown Raleigh, NC

    03/16/2017 7:41:06 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 30 replies
    WRAL Raleigh ^ | 3/16/17 | pgyanke
    Big fire in downtown Raleigh, NC!
  • Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia (short news video at source)

    03/15/2017 1:58:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 15, 2017 | By Martin PARRY
    "As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face," the woman said "I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire." (AFP Photo/Handout) Sydney (AFP) - A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a...
  • House debates firing Public Safety director through budget (SC)

    03/14/2017 10:10:36 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | SEANNA ADCOX
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators are debating whether to fire the director of South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety through the state budget. A budget amendment proposed Tuesday would eliminate the director’s position and reduce the agency’s funding, effectively firing Leroy Smith. Democratic Rep. Russell Ott says that’s a decision for the governor.
  • FLASHBACK: When Bill Clinton Had 93 U.S. Attorneys FIRED IN ONE DAY (VIDEO)

    03/13/2017 4:53:38 AM PDT · by davikkm · 6 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Tom Franklin
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested the resignations of Obama holdovers in the Department of Justice. Predictably, the Dishonest Media went crazy. Liberals said there’s something bad behind this. They said Trump must be wanting to stop corruption investigations. They said this is an affront to everything everyone holds dear. Here’s one example about Preet Bharara from CNN: Preet Bharara is known for his fierce pursuit of insider trading and corruption cases. Now, he's out. — CNN (@CNN) March 11, 2017 The problem is: Firing U.S. Attorneys is a normal thing. It’s a normal thing to replace U.S. Attorneys....
  • Sessions asks 46 Obama-era US attorneys to resign

    03/10/2017 11:38:11 PM PST · by Enterprise · 34 replies ^ | 03/10/17 | LYDIA WHEELER
    The call for resignations applies to all Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys, including Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. That comes as a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.
  • AT&T customers can't call 911 throughout Florida, southeast U.S.

    03/08/2017 7:02:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2017 | C. Hayes
    AT&T wireless customers throughout large parts of the country and in the state of Florida are unable to call 911 due to a technical problem. The cause of the problem is unknown but officials both locally and throughout the southeast are working to fix the issue with AT&T, which is one of the largest wireless carriers in the nation. Currently, AT&T says the problem is affecting customers in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, according to the Orange County officials. Each county has set up backup phone numbers so residents can reach first responders. In Orange County, residents needing...
  • Massive Fire At Govan Scrapyard Glasgow, Scotland

    03/05/2017 11:31:04 AM PST · by Trumpnation · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/5/17 | JR
    3/5/17: Govan scrapyard fire near Ibrox stadium sends massive plume of smoke over Glasgow. Look at all the smoke. The wacko environmentalists will not be happy about this.
  • Saturday morning fire destroys McLean mansion

    02/19/2017 7:28:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fairfax County fire officials said that six people escaped and firefighters rescued two dogs from the stately tan-brick home in the 800 block of Turkey Run Road. No one was injured. The home is owned by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, according to property records and two men who lived there. ... A man in the home and a neighbor who did not want to be named said it seemed to take at least 30 minutes for firefighters to spray any water on the house. The closest hydrant, which is the only one in the neighborhood, is up a...
  • Few Rogue Border Agents Resist Trump Policies

    02/18/2017 7:39:31 AM PST · by Cheerio · 29 replies
    Polizette ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Brendan Kirby
    Union leader says some stations continue to follow Obama 'catch and release' directives Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies, according to a union official. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected. But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to...
  • Multiple Cars Catch Fire in Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland; Lot Evacuated

    02/13/2017 9:09:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07:05PM, February 13, 2017 | Erika Martin
    Initial damage was estimated to be around $180,000, authorities said Seven people were treated for signs of excessive smoke inhalation and four were transported to a nearby hospital, firefighters said. The lot was evacuated, with park-goers being unable to return to their vehicles until just before 7 p.m. Videos from the scene show thick black smoke billowing from the structure. It was not immediately clear what led to the fire, but authorities did not suspect foul play.
  • Baby-Faced Arsonist Lights 4 Fires Inside Supermarket, Skips Away: NYPD

    02/12/2017 11:59:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    nbcnewyork ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Checkey Beckford
    A mystery baby-faced arsonist ignited four different fires inside a Brooklyn supermarket Monday night, police said. The suspect entered the Food Bazaar near Junius Street in Brownsville at around 6:15 p.m. and set four separate fires throughout the store while customers were inside, police said. Surveillance footage captured the brazen arsonist lighting a shelf of chips on fire and then casually skipping away. A store security guard uses a hose from the bakery to try to put the fire.
  • Fire at Samsung SDI China plant caused by faulty batteries

    02/08/2017 12:29:04 PM PST · by House Atreides · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Sijia Jiang and Hyunjoo Jin
    ...The fire broke out at the Samsung Electronics Co Ltd affiliate's factory in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin earlier on Wednesday and has been extinguished, a Samsung spokesman said, adding that there were no casualties or significant impact to the plant's operations. ...The local fire department, however, said on its microblog that the fire was caused by batteries inside the facility. The "material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products", the Wuqing branch of the Tianjin Fire Department said in a post on its verified Sina Weibo account. It added it had...
  • “Love Trumps Hate!” — And if You Disagree, WE’LL KILL YOU!

    02/06/2017 4:49:05 PM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    The New american ^ | 04 February 2017 | William F. Jasper
    Love Trumps Hate! Love Trumps Hate!” This mantra has been riccocheting noisily through our streets for the past several months, usually interspersed with other anti-Trump chants including: “Not My President!”; “No Trump! No Fear! Refugees Are Welcome Here!”; and “No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!" So chanted the belligerent throngs of Disrupt J20, as they engaged in KKK/Fascist-style tactics and linked arms to illegally block American citizens — men, women, young people, and children, including military servicemen in uniform — who had journeyed to Washington, D.C. on January 20 to peacefully attend the inauguration of President Donald John Trump. “Love Trumps...
  • Trump: ‘Iran is playing with fire, I won't be as kind as Obama’

    02/03/2017 6:17:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    R.T. ^ | 02/03/17
    US President Donald Trump has tweeted that "Iran is playing with fire," and warned Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as former President Barack Obama. His comments come after Tehran’s missile test this week. It comes a day after the US president threatened Tehran that military options are "not off the table" in response to the missile test. On Monday, Fox News cited US officials as saying that Iran had carried out medium-range ballistic missile tests. That was followed on Thursday by reports from CNN, NBC News and Reuters, all quoting sources, that said Washington could roll out fresh...
  • Burned Texas mosque gets $1m from donors

    01/31/2017 4:55:08 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | January 30, 2017 | Staff
    A Texas mosque has received nearly $1m in donations after it was destroyed in a fire over the weekend. More than $900,000 had been raised to rebuild the Islamic Center of Victoria as of Monday afternoon, according to a GoFundMe page. Texas officials have yet to determine the cause of the blaze, which happened in the early hours of Saturday.
  • FedEx delivery driver lauded as a hero after stopping protesters from lighting American....

    01/28/2017 3:25:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies ^ | January 28, 2017 | staff
    FULL TITLE: FedEx delivery driver lauded as a hero after stopping protesters from lighting American flags on fire A FedEx delivery man is being praised as a patriot for stopping a group of protesters from lighting American flags on fire. Matt Uhrin intervened twice during a small protest against racial and social injustices in Iowa City, Iowa, as the group set the stars and stripes alight. He can be seen on video scuffling with protesters and wrestling the flag from them as he uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
  • Viral Pint-Size Inauguration Fire-Starter Was Actually Drew Carey’s 11-Year-Old Son

    01/26/2017 11:57:00 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies ^ | January 26, 2017 | Madison Malone Kircher
    During last week’s inauguration protests, a young, anonymous redhead rose to viral fame after starting a small fire. “I actually kinda started this fire,” the then-unknown kid — all we knew was his name was Connor — told Fox News. “Because I felt like it, and I’m just saying … screw our president!” But Connor’s viral stardom may have been less accidental than genetically preordained. Turns out Connor is none other than Drew Carey’s 11-year-old son, TMZ reports. Carey and Connor’s mother, Nicole Jaracz, were reportedly quite upset with Connor’s interview. A source also told TMZ the boy “regretted his...
  • Trump Supporter Gets Hair Lit on Fire by Anti-Trump Protester [w/Video]

    01/24/2017 10:16:04 AM PST · by Hadean · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Hoffmann
    A video now going viral shows an anti-Donald Trump protester lighting a Trump supporter’s hair on fire during a confrontation the day of the presidential inauguration. The video shows Trump supporters on Friday engaging in a peaceful back-and-forth with protesters chanting “Love trumps hate,” referencing the new president. At one point, a Trump supporter walks up to the group of demonstrators to take a picture of her wearing Trump gear in front of them. As she poses for the photo with her back turned to the protesters, one of them can be seen approaching her and pulling out a lighter. As...
  • Boston Hotel Where Steelers Are Staying Evacuated After Fire Alarm Triggered

    01/22/2017 7:17:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | 01/22/17
    he Pittsburgh Steelers may not be facing off against the New England Patriots on a full night of sleep. KDKA’s Rich Walsh reports that fire alarms started going off around 3 a.m. Sunday at the Boston hotel where the Steelers and many fans are staying waited outside. Hotel personnel said the entire hotel had to be evacuated, but it ended up being a false alarm. Alarms were going off for about half an hour before guests were allowed to return to their rooms. ESPN reported around 8 a.m. that Massachusetts State Police have arrested a 25-year-old Boston man who allegedly...
  • Body found burned in River North identified as veteran real estate attorney

    01/19/2017 4:28:56 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A badly burned body found on the floor of a River North parking garage early Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old real estate attorney, officials said. Louis S. Cohen, 60, was of the 200 block of Ivy Lane in Highland Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Wednesday was pending and did not determine a cause and manner for Cohen’s death, the office said. Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire crews responded to a fire in the 11th floor of a parking garage in the 300 block of North LaSalle Drive and found...
  • Setting himself on fire doesn’t work out too well for protester outside Trump’s D.C. hotel

    01/18/2017 9:34:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/17 | Dan Calabrese
    There's always power tools and tall buildings How do you know the electorate made the right choice in November? By considering the intelligence of those most upset about it. I don’t want to be entirely without compassion toward a man who is surely now in horrific pain. But, um, the guy set himself on fire. And why? Well, all you have to know is where it happened and you can figure out the rest:
  • Man tries to light self on fire outside DC Trump hotel

    01/17/2017 8:52:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | January 17, 2017 | Abigail Constantino, Liz Anderson and Keara Dowd
    A man ended up at the hospital Tuesday after he tried to light himself on fire outside the Trump International Hotel in Northwest D.C. Hotel employees called the police and D.C. Fire responded to a call of a man trying to set himself on fire around 9:30 p.m. NBC Washington reports that the man is from California and is protesting the election of Donald Trump. In a video the man can be heard saying he tried to light himself on fire as an act of protest. The man was taken to the hospital with burns. He is expected to be...
  • Watch: Hairdresser Sets Fire to Straighten Hair

    01/13/2017 2:11:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 January 2017
    A video of a Pakistani hairdresser lighting hair on fire as a method to straighten it went viral yesterday on social media. The video shows the hairdresser placing apparently flammable liquid on top of the customer’s head, before lighting it on fire and quickly combing his hair.
  • What sank the Titanic? New documentary claims fire weakened hull

    01/05/2017 1:48:18 PM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | Thursday, January 05, 2017 12:41PM | Staff
    Did an intense fire on board R.M.S. Titanic lead to one of the worst disaster's in maritime history? A new documentary by author and journalist Senan Molony suggests the emergence of pictures hidden in a forgotten album for a century prove that the supposedly unsinkable passenger ship was weakened by a smoldering coal fire even before it left on its catastrophic maiden voyage. Titanic, which at the time of its sinking in 1912 was the biggest ship afloat, hit an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 14 and went down with the loss of about 1,500...
  • Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve

    01/03/2017 8:50:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies ^ | 1/3/17 | Virginia Hale
    At New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dortmund a mob of more than 1,000 men chanted ‘Allahu Akhbar’, launched fireworks at police, and set fire to a historic church. Already by 7 pm a man was hospitalised with first-degree burns to his face and hands after fireworks were hurled at a group of homeless people outside the city’s main train station. More than two dozen people were injured at festivities in Dortmund, some seriously. The events of the night were described as “quiet” by police in a statement, and as “normal” by a spokesman for the city government.
  • New Documentary Provides Evidence Corporate Greed, Not Act of God, Sunk Titanic

    01/01/2017 4:47:58 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 62 replies
    Sputniknews ^ | 02.01.2017 | Staff
    [snip] Molony, who has been studying the Titanic for 30 years, examined rarely seen photographs taken by Titanic's chief electrical engineer before it left the shipyard to identify black marks left by the fire on the front right-hand side of the ship's hull. The photos came to light in a recent private auction, The Sun reports. They show 30-foot long black streaks — just where the iceberg would later strike. "We appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast," Molony said. He notes that there is a "myth" of...
  • Oakland Fire Survivors Reunite with Commune Leader

    12/08/2016 12:25:48 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 12/8/16 | tmzstaff
    Some of the Oakland fire survivors broke bread with Derick Ion Almena for the first time since the tragedy -- despite him getting blasted for alleged dangerous conditions in the building. Witnesses tell us the group sat down at a Denny's in Oakland Wednesday night, had a meal ...
  • NBC News paid for Ghost Ship operator's hotel room

    12/07/2016 6:44:47 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 11 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Dec. 7 2016 | Vivian Ho
    NBC News paid for a hotel room for the man who ran the Ghost Ship, the Oakland warehouse-turned-artists-collective that burned down Friday night, killing 36 people at an underground electronic music show. Mainstream media outlets frown on paying money to sources. A network spokesman said NBC “absolutely” did not give money to Derick Almena in exchange for a series of exclusive interviews, but bought him a hotel room at the Oakland Marriott City Center for “a couple of nights.” The spokesman described that as “standard TV booking procedure.” Almena, 46, stayed at the hotel with his wife, Micah Allison, and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Filth, chaos, weird religious symbols, feral animals and orgies - inside Oakland

    12/06/2016 10:51:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | Ryan Perry
    The footage and photos, obtained exclusively by, shows the living quarters of some of the residents of the building known as the Oakland Ghost Ship. While photos on the art collective's website show an eclectic and creative space for artists and musicians, the reality of life behind the scenes in this dilapidated building is horrific. Dark and dingy rooms don't look fit for humans, with exposed electrical wires and panels, venting pipes and piles of junk and old clothes everywhere. Tenant Shelley Mack, who disclosed the pictures to also revealed that there were three fires while she lived...
  • Oakland building where fire victims died was source of complaints

    12/04/2016 6:48:20 PM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies
    SF Gate ^ | December 4, 2016 | By Jill Tucker, Rachel Swan, Erin Allday, and J.K. DineenJill Tucker & others
    It was known as the Ghost Ship, a large, gray-walled warehouse with a skull and other artwork painted on the outside and chock-full of hand-built spaces tailored for musicians and artisans. But over the past decade, the 4,000-square-foot structure at 1305 31st Ave. was better known to city zoning and fire officials as a source of complaints about illegal residential uses, all-night dance parties and general blight.
  • Fury at the man behind illegal artist enclave where up to 33 died in fire: Organizer of

    12/04/2016 9:16:47 AM PST · by ColdOne · 89 replies ^ | 12/4/16 | Myriah Towner and Regina F. Graham and Jenny Stanton
    full title......................Fury at the man behind illegal artist enclave where up to 33 died in fire: Organizer of 'death trap' Oakland commune makes self-pitying statement complaining that 'everything I worked for is gone' ................Derick Ion Almena has been identified as the operator of the Ghost Ship venue and Satya Yuga Art Collective where a fire broke out Friday night He wrote: 'Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound' 'It's as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope.... to be standing now...
  • Oakland warehouse fire: Inspectors launched probe last month into building but couldn’t get inside

    12/04/2016 9:52:56 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | December 4, 2016 | Thomas Peele
    Just three weeks before Friday’s deadly fire, city building inspectors had launched an investigation into “illegal structures” built inside the converted warehouse dubbed the “Ghost Ship,” but officials conceded Saturday they had been unable to gain access during an inspection visit and it appears they did not follow up.
  • Oakland warehouse was a cluttered death trap filled with pianos, RVs but no fire sprinklers former r

    12/04/2016 6:30:20 AM PST · by libstripper · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 3, 2016 | By Liam Dillon, Ben Poston, David Zahniser and Laura J. NelsonLiam Dillon, Ben Poston, & others
    Full title: Oakland warehouse was a cluttered ‘death trap’ filled with pianos, RVs, but no fire sprinklers, former residents say Excerpt: The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings — pianos, organs, antique furniture, doors and half-finished sculptures.
  • 9 dead, dozens missing in Oakland warehouse fire

    12/03/2016 5:33:42 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-3-16 | Fox-KTVU
    Fire tore through an Oakland warehouse converted into artist studios during a late night dance party Friday night, killing at least nine people, and officials said Saturday that the death toll could rise as high as 40.
  • Officials fear up to 40 dead in fire during concert at Oakland warehouse

    12/03/2016 5:31:31 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 58 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Russ Mitchell, Peter H. King, Liam Dillon, Tracey Lien and Paige St. John
    Authorities said they were preparing to deal with dozens of fatalities after a fire raced through a converted warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said. Nine bodies have been recovered, but Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said officials were prepared for up to 40 fatalities. He said many of those inside the warehouse were young, some from foreign countries. Firefighters were beginning to move through the burned-out remains of the building looking for victims. The building’s roof caved in, and debris will make the search effort difficult, Kelly said.
  • Breaking--Nine Alarm Fire in Cambridge, MA

    12/03/2016 1:06:12 PM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 168 replies ^ | 12/03/2016 | Mike Caraggi
    There is a massive nine-alarm fire blazing in Cambridge near Berkshire and York Streets. Nine alarms are the most that can be called. Firefighters from communities well outside the area being called in. Cambridge police are asking that the public avoid the area. Multiple buildings are on fire, including a church. At least one building has reportedly collapsed. Fire companies from all corners are on-scene to assist, including from Boston, Newton, Waltham and Wakefield.
  • Desperate families and friends of party-goers missing after huge Oakland warehouse blaze killed up

    12/03/2016 11:08:38 AM PST · by Cecily · 112 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 3, 2016 | Jenny Stanton
    At least nine people died in a massive fire that destroyed a northern California warehouse that was an artist collective during an electronic music party early Saturday morning and officials said the building had no sprinkler system or working smoke detectors. Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at least another 25 people are still unaccounted for after the deadly blaze started around 11:30pm in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue during an event advertised as 'Rave Cave' featuring musician Golden Donna's 100% Silk West Coast tour. 'We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we...
  • Nine clubbers are killed and another 13 are still missing after massive fire breaks out [tr]

    12/03/2016 6:49:19 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 84 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Jenny Stanton
    Full title of article: Nine clubbers are killed and another 13 are still missing after massive fire breaks out on the second floor of a 100-person rave inside an Oakland warehouse At least nine people died in a massive fire that destroyed a northern California warehouse during a party early Saturday morning, officials said.
  • (From November 15, 2016) Two arrested for arson in Tennessee, at least one ignited wildfire

    12/02/2016 4:14:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies ^ | November 15, 2016 | WZTV Staff
    <p>Two men have been arrested for separate arson cases in Tennessee, one which ignited a wildfire.</p> <p>Matthew Ryan Wallace, 27, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is charged with setting a wildfire along Standdifer Grant Road in Sequatchie County on Monday. The felony charges is punishable to up to six years behind bars and a $3,000 fine.</p>
  • Dolly Parton Began To Cry When She Saw This When Her, House Burned In Front Of Her Eyes

    12/01/2016 3:20:44 PM PST · by · 30 replies
    godtoday ^ | 12-1-2016 | hunter
    The fires are raging on in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Dolly Parton as been at the forefront of efforts to try and help in any way she can. She has sent money to the fire departments to help. She has given the department Dollywood and other properties as hubs for the fire rescue teams. Dolly is a Tennessee girl and she is torn apart as she watches her home burn to the ground. The fires have burned through over 150 buildings and have killed at least 3 people thus far. The fires are moving faster and faster towards...
  • Meanwhile . . . pray for Gatlinburg

    11/30/2016 12:11:15 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/16 | Dan Calabrese
    If it hasn't yet occurred to you to pray for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge I feel negligent that we haven’t dealt with this before now. Yes, it’s nonpolitical, but we normally pay plenty of attention to stories that affect (and especially that threaten) large numbers of people. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. I’ve been there several times, and even visited Dollywood, which may be in its final days - or even hours. It occurred to me yesterday that if there’s any silver lining to a situation like this, it’s that people would presumably...
  • Memphis Couple missing, 3 sons Hospitalized

    11/30/2016 8:54:07 AM PST · by azkathy · 7 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 11-30-2016 | Jody Callahan
    As officials continue to search for a Memphis architect and his wife still missing after devastating fires that hit Gatlinburg this week, family and friends are using social media to provide updates on the family. Jon Summers and his wife, Janet, haven't been found, friends said, and their three sons — Branson and twins Wesley and Jared — have been hospitalized after being caught in the fire. All three sons are at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, family friends confirmed. “The boys are doing much better. That’s great news,” Steve Berger, president of the architectural firm that employs Jon Summers, said...
  • Gatlinburg Fire Cause: What Started the Wildfire?

    11/30/2016 8:12:55 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    Heavy ^ | November 30, 2016 | Stephanie Dube
    The remains of a home and cars smolder after a wildfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed after drought conditions helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) With more than 14,000 people evacuated from the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area and more than 400 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, the Sevier county wildfire may have been the largest in Tennessee in the last 100 years. But what caused the fire? Experts...
  • Huge fire forces evacuations at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, arson suspected (First Israel, Now US)

    11/30/2016 5:09:43 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 11-29-2016 | Staff
    A roaring 500-acre fire is threatening structures in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where officials have ordered mandatory evacuations. Roads near Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed, as firefighters battle the flames and gusty winds. There have been no fatalities so far, but three burn victims are in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the Tennessean reported. Officials suspect arson in the fire, which started over the weekend. More than 100 structures have been destroyed by the massive fire, including the home of Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.
  • Gatlinburg fire chief: 'The worst is definitely over'

    11/29/2016 10:54:44 AM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Knoxville News Sentenial ^ | November 29, 2016 | Amy J. Vellucci , Jamie Satterfield and Hayes Hickman ,
    GATLINBURG — More than 150 homes and businesses lay in smoking ruins Tuesday after wildfire flames whipped by high-speed winds raged overnight through town and displaced more than 14,000 residents, officials estimated. "This is a fire for the history books," Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said at a morning news conference. "The likes of this has never been seen here. But the worst is definitely over with." More than 200 firefighters from across the state remain on the way to help douse the wildfires, and the Tennessee Army National Guard plans to dump water onto the flames from a helicopter,...