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Explosion levels home in Rochester

Aug. 21, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police and fire crews are combing through the scene of a house explosion in Rochester. The explosion happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a residential neighborhood on the city's east side and completely leveled the home. There's no word yet on any injuries. Rochester fire officials...

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

Aug. 21, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville...

Brush fire closes section of Interstate 17 near Sunset Point

Aug. 21, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A brush fire near Sunset Point has forced the closure of a section of Interstate 17 in both directions. Arizona Department of Transportation officials say northbound lanes of I-17 were closed Wednesday afternoon at Badger Spring road and southbound lanes were closed at State Route 69. The...

California utility seeks help in paying wildfire victims

Aug. 21, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 billion in potential damages from...

The Latest: High-profile Alaska wildfires caused by humans

Aug. 21, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 4 p.m. Alaska fire officials say three high-profile wildfires burning in the state were caused by humans. Officials said Wednesday two of the fires are near Willow and the third is near Homer. Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

Man accused of setting fire to former in-laws' home

Aug. 21, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of setting fire to a trailer owned by his former in-laws has been arrested more than a year after the blaze. KATC-TV reports the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal says 41-year-old Nelson Santignan was taken into custody Monday by St. Martin Parish...

California insurers drop policies in high-fire risk areas

Aug. 21, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New California data shows insurance companies declined to renew nearly 350,000 home insurance policies in areas at high risk for wildfire since the state began collecting data in 2015. The data released this week did not say how many people who lost their insurance were able to...

Fire officials: 80 structures lost in Alaska wildfire

Aug. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fire officials have increased the number of structures lost in a fire burning north of Anchorage from 50 to 80. Officials have not said how many of those structures consumed in the fire about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of the state's largest city were homes. Alaska Division...

5, including 2 children, displaced by Vermont house fire

Aug. 21, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — Firefighters say five people, including two children, have been displaced by a house fire in the Vermont town of Bradford. WCAX-TV reports firefighters got the call for the South Pleasant Street fire a little before 4 a.m. Wednesday. There were no injuries, but two pets died in the...