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Polish experts seek evidence in gas blast that killed 8

Dec. 6, 2019 9:02 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Investigators in southern Poland said Friday they are questioning witnesses and gathering evidence in their probe into a gas blast that killed eight members of one family, including four children. Spokeswoman for regional prosecutors Agnieszka Michulec said they suspect damage to a...

Probe can't determine cause of fire that destroyed 10 homes

Dec. 6, 2019 8:22 AM EST

Investigators haven't been able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed 10 homes in a Pennsylvania community earlier this year and displaced dozens of residents. A probe into the Oct. 20 blaze in Allentown wasn't able to determine if the fire was intentionally set or an accident, fire officials said this...

Elderly man killed, wife injured in Pennsylvania house fire

Dec. 3, 2019 7:42 AM EST

PETERS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly man was killed in a fire at his western Pennsylvania home that left his wife injured. The fire in Peters was reported around 5:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities say the wife had escaped the home shortly before firefighters arrived, but her husband was trapped inside....

Probe can’t determine cause of Minneapolis high-rise fire

Dec. 2, 2019 6:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fire officials said Monday they could not determine the exact cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis and that a handful of factors may have contributed to igniting the blaze. The Minneapolis Fire Department said Wednesday’s fire was...

High school football team loses title game 1 year after fire

Dec. 1, 2019 1:45 AM EST

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California high school football team has lost in a championship game one year after a deadly fire destroyed most of their town, including the homes of most players and coaches. Paradise High School lost to Sutter Union High School 20-7 on Saturday night in the Northern...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 30, 2019 11:16 AM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year Rudy Gruber evacuated his home. It was 2008, not 1978. A corrected version of the story is below: Most people who fled California wildfire allowed...

Agency cited sprinkler need months before high-rise fire

Nov. 29, 2019 3:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The agency that manages public housing in Minneapolis noted a need for sprinklers in older high-rise apartments months before a massive fire broke out in a 50-year-old building, leaving five people dead from smoke inhalation. Although the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

Nov. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood....

5 dead, 3 hurt in ‘devastating’ Minneapolis high-rise fire

Nov. 28, 2019 3:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people died and three were injured when a fire broke out on the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Minneapolis early Wednesday. While the cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Fire Chief John Fruetel told reporters that...

Latest: 4 of 5 victims of Minnesota tower fire identified

Nov. 27, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Minneapolis apartment fire that killed five people and hospitalized three others (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has identified four of the five people who died in a high-rise apartment fire in Minneapolis. Three of those...