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1 dead, 1 hurt in fire at Massachusetts apartment complex

Dec. 10, 2019 8:16 AM EST

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a fire at a Great Barrington apartment complex on Monday night. The fire at the Beech Tree Apartments was reported at about 7:40 p.m., the department posted on its Facebook page. Firefighters were notified of...

Death of divorcing couple was murder-suicide, police say

Dec. 10, 2019 8:04 AM EST

WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis area man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of their daughter's apartment building and then killed himself after setting a fire at the home they once shared, authorities say. Chesterfield police found the body of 59-year-old Bobette Everhart-Boal about 12:45...

Sydney choked by hazardous haze from Australia bush fires

Dec. 10, 2019 5:05 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Wildfires engulfed the Australian city of Sydney on Tuesday in haze so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the level considered “hazardous," and was apt to trigger fire alarms. The city canceled ferries and some offices in the downtown area were evacuated. Local health...

Person dies when travel trailer catches fire, explodes

Dec. 9, 2019 9:33 PM EST

ALFALFA, Ore. (AP) — One person died when a travel trailer caught fire and exploded east of Bend, authorities said. KTVZ-TV reports Crook County deputies were sent shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday for a welfare check on someone living in the trailer near Alfalfa, according to Sheriff John Gautney. Gautney said...

PG&E's $13.5B deal with fire victims removes huge obstacles

Dec. 9, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric will be able to avoid two legal obstacles that could have tripped up its efforts to bounce back from bankruptcy if California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a federal judge approve a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of catastrophic fires blamed on the utility's...

$18K raised for firefighters who tried saving dog from blaze

Dec. 9, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man whose home was destroyed in a September fire has raised $18,000 to thank the firefighters who extinguished the flames and tried to save his dog. John Pequeno started an online fundraising campaign for nine departments that responded to the fire at his home in Upper...

Man dies in house fire in New Salem

Dec. 9, 2019 5:24 PM EST

NEW SALEM, N.D. (AP) — A 59-year-old man is dead after a house fire in New Salem, authorities said Monday. The Morton County Sheriff's Office was called about a house explosion shortly before noon last Thursday. Authorities found the body of Richard Doll and some parts of the house damaged by smoke and...

PG&E's stock surges 16% on tentative wildfire settlement

Dec. 9, 2019 5:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock surged Monday after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018. The fires were blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric's outdated equipment and negligence. The utility...

ND man sentenced to 2 years in reservation church burning

Dec. 9, 2019 5:13 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison for burning down a church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Rode Wayne Vocu, 23, of New Town, was sentenced after pleading guilty to arson in the April 22 fire that destroyed the Memorial Congregational...

At least 4 dogs killed in fire at California home, kennel

Dec. 9, 2019 4:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — At least four dogs were killed when flames swept through a kennel and adjacent home east of San Diego, a fire official said Monday. A resident and three dogs were rescued after the blaze erupted early Sunday at the Carter Kennels in the Lakeside area, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. ...