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FILE - This file photo from exclusive video provided by San Francisco TV station KGO-TV, made late Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, shows Derick Ion Almena, right, and Micah Allison, the couple who operated the Ghost Ship warehouse where dozens died in a fire, at an Oakland, Calif., courthouse. Almena, facing a second trial after a 2016 fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he's accused of illegally converting into a cluttered artists enclave, is expected to plead guilty later this month, relatives of several of the victims said. Almena, 50, is expected to plead guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 22, 2021. (KGO-TV via AP, File)

Man pleads guilty to deaths of 36 people in warehouse fire

Jan. 22, 2021 5:38 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of...

2nd person dies after West Warwick house fire

Jan. 22, 2021 4:29 PM EST

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A second person has died from injuries suffered in a fire in West Warwick earlier this month, police said. Steven Lima, 54, died Thursday night after being injured in a Jan. 6 fire at a home on the New London Turnpike, The Providence Journal reports. The fire also killed Lima's...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, spectators watch efforts to douse a fire in a building in Omaha, Neb., where M's Pub was located. The Nebraska Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to continue against an Omaha natural gas utility for a 2016 fire that destroyed part of the downtown Omaha's Old Market. The ruling Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, affirms the finding of a lower court that rejected Metropolitan Utilities District's request for summary judgment to be excused from the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

Ruling says lawsuit against MUD in Omaha fire can continue

Jan. 22, 2021 1:54 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to continue against an Omaha natural gas utility for a 2016 fire that destroyed part of the downtown Omaha’s Old Market. The ruling Friday affirms the finding of a lower court that rejected Metropolitan Utilities District’s...

Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial

Jan. 22, 2021 1:14 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Man charged in deaths of 36 people in 2016 San Francisco Bay Area warehouse fire pleads guilty, avoiding second trial.

Fire on Prudence Island destroys 3 homes

Jan. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — Three homes were destroyed and two others were damaged in a Thursday night fire on Prudence Island, fire officials said. Firefighters from Portsmouth and several nearby communities responded to the fire around 11 p.m., according to The Newport Daily News. When they arrived, the fire...

1 of 2 injured in West Virginia blaze has died

Jan. 22, 2021 10:06 AM EST

GALLIPOLIS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — One of two people injured in a residential blaze in West Virginia has died, officials said. A woman who suffered severe burns in the fire Thursday morning later died from her injuries, Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant told news outlets. A man injured in the blaze...

Police: 1 person dead in car fire in West Virginia

Jan. 22, 2021 9:48 AM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — One person died Friday morning in a car fire at a West Virginia convenience store, police said. The car caught fire at a downtown Clarksburg Go Mart as the person was pumping gas, Police Chief Mark Kiddy told The Exponent Telegram. Firefighters and other emergency crews responded...

Massive fire at potato plant forces evacuations

Jan. 22, 2021 9:06 AM EST

WARDEN, Wash. (AP) — A massive fire at a potato plant in Warden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours. The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant in eastern Washington around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in one of the dehydrators,...

Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021 8:35 PM EST

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the COVID-19 vaccine. Murlidhar...

Sheriff: Woman upset over husband's absence kills kids, self

Jan. 21, 2021 6:48 PM EST

FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) — Five children found dead after a West Virginia house fire late last year were shot to death by their mother, who then took her own life, authorities said Thursday. Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan revealed details of the shootings and fire last Dec. 8 at a news conference. He...