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Off-duty firefighter rescues family from burning home

Oct. 20, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An off-duty firefighter is being credited with rescuing a Connecticut family from their burning home. Torrington fire Chief Peter Towey says off-duty firefighter Brian Parks arrived at the scene of the fire at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday before the rest of the department and safely...

Crews probe source of smoke from ship off Georgia coast

Oct. 20, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire in an overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast for weeks now. Smoke could be seen coming out of the Golden Ray on Sunday. Petty Officer Michael Himes, a spokesman for a unified command team seeking to...

Flagstaff police investigating possible arson at a Walmart

Oct. 20, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Flagstaff are investigating a possible arson at a Walmart store, which will remain closed until further notice due to severe fire and water damage. Flagstaff police responded to the scene around 3 a.m. Saturday and reported heavy smoke inside the store and the...

Southern California sees high fire danger amid dry winds

Oct. 20, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire danger remains high as dry, warm winds blow through Southern California. The National Weather Service says gusts on Sunday could top 60 mph (97 kph) in some parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are in place...

Police: Victims of VT house fire appear to be children

Oct. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Police say the two people who died in a house fire in northwestern Vermont appear to have been children. The fire happened in the early morning hours of Saturday in North Hero. WCAX-TV reports police say the parents were able to escape the fire but couldn't reach their sons. The...

Northeast Oklahoma jail evacuated following electrical fire

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — A county jail in northeastern Oklahoma has been evacuated and its more than 110 inmates relocated to other jails following an electrical fire. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the fire occurred around noon Saturday at the county jail in Miami, about 176 miles (283 kilometers)...

Fire engulfs furniture store that opened in Aberdeen in 1945

Oct. 20, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say fire has gutted a family-owned furniture store that has been a fixture on Main Street in Aberdeen since 1945. No injuries were reported from the Saturday night blaze at the Malchow's Home Furnishings building, which had 17 apartments on the second floor, at least 14 of...

Row home explosion sparks fire that spreads to 9 other homes

Oct. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning house explosion in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown blew off the front of the row home and led to a fire that spread to nine other homes, but no serious injuries were immediately reported. Allentown fire officials said the blast was reported...

Soldier who saved man from burning car awarded medal

Oct. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — On Feb. 27, 2018, Capt. Travis Johnson was driving home on a pitch black road after hours of training at Fort Bragg and noticed a burning vehicle flipped on its side. Johnson stopped to rescue a man who called for help. He texted his chain of command within the 1st Squadron, 17th...

Authorities: Yuma County man opened fire in home, roadway

Oct. 19, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

SOMERTON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man is being held on charges that include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after authorities say he opened fire in his house with three family members inside and on a road outside his house. Yuma County sheriff's officials say they were called to the area of...