At least six people were also injured in the explosion at the R.M. Palmer Company chocolate factory in West Reading, Pa., on Friday, an official said.
Tag Archives: Fires and Firefighters
Fire in Bangladesh Camp Adds to Rohingya Refugees’ Misery
Twelve thousand residents of the camp, already some of the most dispossessed people on earth, were left without shelter.
E-Bikes Are Convenient. They Can Also Catch Fire and Destroy Buildings.
Three years after New York legalized micro-mobility bikes and scooters, lawmakers and building managers are grappling with how to make them safer in the wake of numerous fires, some fatal.
He Survived the Trade Center Bombing. ‘I Always Knew They’d Be Back.’
Thirty years ago today, Tim Lang was injured in the first attack on the twin towers, an ominous but often overlooked prelude to 9/11. He does not forget.
Woman Ignited Gay Pride Flag, Damaging SoHo Bistro, Police Say
The intentional fire at Little Prince, which was captured by a security camera, was being investigated as a possible hate crime, officials said.
‘Chernobyl 2.0’? Ohio Train Derailment Spurs Wild Speculation.
For many influencers across the political spectrum, claims about the environmental effects of the train derailment have gone far beyond known facts.
Turkey Earthquake: Time Is Running Out to Find Survivors
Rescues typically happen within three days of an earthquake, an expert said. The logistics of finding survivors in Turkey and Syria are daunting.
Train Derailment in Ohio Sparks Huge Fire and Prompts Evacuations
About 50 train cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, where officials on Saturday were assessing whether the burning materials were hazardous.
She Lost Her Childhood Home Over Taxes. Then It Erupted in Flames.
For years, Eve Morawski waged an epic battle against real estate investors who bought her tax debt and ultimately seized her Maplewood, N.J., home.
Deadly Twin Parks Fire Leads to a New Plan for Housing Safety
On the anniversary of the Twin Parks fire that killed 17 people, a federal agency will move to use new powers to investigate fire safety nationally.
In Battered Ukrainian City, the Latest Battle is Against Winter
Firefighters in Lyman, in Ukraine’s east, contend with land mines, freezing temperatures, damaged buildings, awful cell service and a lack of water.
A Russian Missile in Kherson Upended Lives. Photos Show the Aftermath.
In the immediate aftermath of an attack, the horrors of the Ukraine war, the random death and the lives upended take on a deeper meaning when seen close-up.
Deadly Blaze in Gaza Strip Kills 21 People Gathered for a Family Party
The fast-moving blaze and the high number of deaths led to accusations that emergency units were too slow in responding.
Lithium-Ion Batteries in E-Bikes and Other Devices Pose Fire Risks
The batteries, also found in phones, laptops, toothbrushes and other items, have caused about 200 fires and six deaths in New York City this year, fire officials say. Here’s what to know about safety.
Jay Leno Sustains ‘Serious Burns’ in Gasoline Fire
The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host said in a statement that he was “ok” and needed “a week or two to get back on my feet.”
Can a National Museum Rebuild Its Collection Without Colonialism?
After a fire destroyed thousands of Indigenous artifacts, the curators of this Brazilian museum are adopting a radical new approach.
Detroit Reclaims Halloween, a Holiday Once Marred by Fire
After decades of Devil’s Night fear and arson, Halloween in Detroit is again a celebration, and a sign of a changing city.
A Fire, an Arrest, and a New Challenge for the Federal Burn Program
U.S. Forest Service officials decried the arrest of an employee who was leading prescribed burns in Oregon, where residents accused the agency of reckless burning.
8 People Dead in Oklahoma House Fire, Police Say
The episode, in a city near Tulsa, is being investigated as a homicide.
How a Prison Fire Unfolded in Iran
The cause of the fire last weekend remains unclear, but witnesses and families of prisoners say that the authorities had been bracing for unrest in the notorious Evin Prison in northern Tehran.
Fire Erupts at Iran’s Most Notorious Prison Amid National Protests
Evin Prison, in Tehran, houses thousands of dissidents and political prisoners. Witnesses described hearing gunshots and explosions as a blaze made its way through the facility on Saturday.
Hurricane Ian Survivors Have Allies in New Yorkers Who Went Through Sandy
Rockaways residents are sharing rebuilding tips, donating to nonprofit groups who helped them a decade ago and collecting gift cards.
Prosecutions for Fire Safety Violations Dropped by 98% in New York City
The dramatic decline has prompted concerns about safety just months after the city’s deadliest blaze in decades.
Mosquito Fire Becomes California’s Largest of Year
The blaze grew to more than 63,000 acres on Wednesday, overtaking the McKinney fire to become the state’s biggest of 2022.
Fairview Fire Rages in Southern California, As Storm Threatens to Bring Floods
A storm threatens to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the state’s largest wildfire, creating a recipe for a compound disaster in Southern California.
Vancouver Moves to Sue Big Oil After Deadly Fires and Disastrous Floods
A potential lawsuit by Vancouver would be the first in Canada to target the fossil fuel industry’s role in climate change.
The American West’s Haunting, Smoke-Filled Future
Wildfire pollution is threatening the health gains of the Clean Air Act.
18 Children Killed in Fire at Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church
At least 41 people died from smoke inhalation and a stampede when a fire swept through a Coptic Orthodox church on Sunday. The church said a generator started the blaze.
Fire at Egypt Coptic Church Kills Dozens During Sunday Prayers
The blaze was reportedly caused by an electrical fault on the building’s second floor, which also housed classrooms. Several children are thought to be among the dead.
15 Injured as Driver Crashes Into Event for Pennsylvania Fire Victims
A fund-raiser for families affected by a fire that killed 10 people on Aug. 5 descended into chaos when a car crashed into the crowd.
Wildfires Rip Through France Again Amid New Heat Wave
In the southwest, a blaze that started in July has reignited because of the heat and the dry air, scorching an additional 26 square miles of bushes and forest.
Can Fire Smoke Cause Lung Cancer?
And how does the risk compare with inhaling smoke from cigarettes?
McKinney Fire Kills Thousands of Fish
Flash floods last week pushed burned soil, rocks and downed timber into the river, killing off, according to local tribal leaders, thousands of fish.
10 Dead in Fast-Moving Pennsylvania Fire, Officials Say
The fire, at a home in Nescopeck in Northeastern Pennsylvania, spread rapidly early Friday, a neighbor said.
It’s Been a ‘Summer of Disasters,’ and It’s Only Half Over
Are we prepared for the climate-related calamities that come next?
California’s McKinney Fire: Two More Die, Bringing Total to Four
The fire, which began Friday in the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County, Calif., has burned more than 56,000 acres and prompted evacuations for thousands of people.
McKinney Fire Burns 51,000 Acres in California
The fire sent a huge cloud called a pyrocumulonimbus 39,000 feet into the air. Storm winds, high temperatures and drought conditions helped it grow over the weekend, officials said.
Yosemite Wildfire Plan Calls for Cutting Trees to Protect Park
With treasured forests perennially threatened by fierce wildfires, many experts say it’s time to cut and burn protectively. A lawsuit is standing in the way.
London Shows How Unprepared Northern Cities Are for a Warmer World
As the heat wave rolled out, it left behind fears about how Northern European cities can cope with extreme weather driven by global warming.
Scenes of Devastation Emerge From a Fire-Ravaged Southwestern France
Two wildfires have ravaged nearly 80 square miles of forests, forcing 37,000 people to evacuate. The flames were fanned by a heat wave also feeding blazes in Greece, Portugal and Spain.
Firefighters In Frace Battle an ‘Explosive Cocktail’ of Wind and Flame
More than 2,000 firefighters are trying to contain raging wildfires that have burned nearly 80 square miles of vegetation and forced thousands to evacuate.
Firefighters Use Sprinklers to Save Giant Sequoias in Yosemite
Authorities in Yosemite National Park are hopeful that a sprinkler system can save the Grizzly Giant, a more than 200-foot-tall sequoia that dates back at least 2,000 years.
Wildfires Could Be Treated as a Form Of Maintenance, Like Flu Shots
Climate change hasn’t made all prescribed burns unsafe, but more care needs to be taken in starting them, and even then, risk cannot be eliminated entirely.
Arizona Wildfire Destroys Observatory Buildings
The Contreras fire has disrupted the work of astronomers, though the observatory’s scientific equipment remains safe for now.
Philadelphia Firefighter Dies in Building Collapse
A 27-year veteran of the Fire Department was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials said.
The Grenfell Fire, 5 Years Later: What Happened, and What Has Changed
The fire quickly engulfed the apartment building, fueled by cladding now banned. An investigation is continuing. But the families of the 72 who died find accountability slow in coming.
Bangladesh Firefighters Unaware of Chemicals Stored on Site
Nine firefighters were among at least 41 people killed in a blaze and a subsequent series of explosions.
Dozens Killed and Hundreds Burned in Bangladesh Depot Disaster
A fire set off a series of explosions, killing at least 39 people, including firefighters. Many others were in critical condition.
11 Families in Senegal Welcomed Newborns. A Fire Left Them Devastated.
Joy over the births turned to shock and grief after a blaze swept through a neonatal ward at a hospital in Senegal. “There’s nothing we can do but suffer,” said a man who lost his grandson.
The Rise and Fall of America’s Environmentalist Underground
This year, one of the last fugitives of the Earth Liberation Front pleaded guilty to arson — at a moment when climate activists are again flirting with radical ideas.