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Portland protests return downtown as police use tear gas early, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that's been a target in months of conflict for Oregon's largest city. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protest clashes re-emerge near US courthouse

Aug. 13, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that's been a target in months of conflict for Oregon's...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

ATF: Fire that destroyed St. Paul hotel project was arson

Aug. 12, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A massive blaze that destroyed a hotel project under construction in downtown St. Paul was arson, authorities said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that determination Tuesday, along with the St. Paul Fire Department, St. Paul Police...

Rescuers in protective suits carry the body of a victim from Hotel Swarna Palace where a fire broke out early morning in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. The fire in the hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility killed seven coronavirus patients. (AP Photo)

Fire kills 11 patients in southern India's COVID-19 facility

Aug. 9, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A fire killed 11 coronavirus patients early Sunday at a southern Indian hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. The blaze at Hotel Swarna Palace in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state broke out at 5 a.m. Rescue...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Federal specialists called to help investigate St. Paul fire

Aug. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Expert federal investigators are joining joined state and local teams who are working to find a cause of a huge fire at a hotel construction site in St. Paul. Fire caused extensive damage to the five-story Courtyard by Marriott hotel Tuesday and significant damage to a six-story...

LA man charged with setting fire during George Floyd protest

Aug. 5, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 42-year-old man has been indicted on federal arson charges in connection with a fire in May that damaged a popular Los Angeles restaurant during protests of racial inequality that were marred by vandalism and thefts. Mario Ernesto Alvarado faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted...

Firefighters extinguish fire atop silo at Coors Brewery

Jul. 30, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters have extinguished a small fire atop an empty 16-story silo at the Molson Coors brewery in Golden. The cause of Thursday's fire was under investigation. No injuries were reported. Alan Fletcher, chief of the Fairmount Fire Protection District, told The Denver Post a wooden...

FILE - A booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix shows Matthew Egler. Authorities on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, announced the arrest of Egler, 29, on one count of arson for a fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arrest made in fire at Arizona Democratic headquarters

Jul. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in an arson fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure. In charging documents obtained by...

People watch from a parking lot as a fire consumes buildings Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. About 150 firefighters battled a massive blaze that raged through several buildings, sending a thick, black plume of smoke up to the sky and embers to a nearby freeway. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Massive fire engulfs several buildings in San Francisco

Jul. 28, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 150 firefighters battled a massive blaze that raged through at least six buildings in San Francisco Tuesday, sending embers to a nearby freeway and a thick, black plume of smoke up to the sky and across the bay. One southbound lane of Highway 101 was closed because of the blaze...

Officials inspect fire damage to John A. Lau Saloon In downtown Alpena, Mich Friday, July 24, 2020. The community in the northern Lower Peninsula is raising money to help a man who lost his business when a fire destroyed a 134-year-old building. Jon Benson was a day away from reopening the Saloon after the coronavirus shutdown when the fire struck last week. The fire also caused damage next door at the Thunder Bay Theatre. Benson purchased the iconic saloon in 2018 and opened it after extensive renovations in 2019. (Steve Schulwitz/The Alpena News via AP)

Alpena rallies to help man after fire strikes iconic saloon

Jul. 27, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A community in the northern Lower Peninsula is raising money to help a man who lost his business when fire destroyed a 134-year-old building. Jon Benson was a day away from reopening John A. Lau Saloon after the coronavirus shutdown when fire struck last week in downtown Alpena, The...

Police: Crowd smashes windows, sets fires in Seattle

Jul. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of about 150 people broke windows, stole from businesses and and started a pair of fires in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Wednesday night, authorities said. The group gathered at Cal Anderson Park around 9 p.m. and walked through the neighborhood, The Seattle Times reported....