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Northwestern Indiana packaging plant fire emits toxic smoke

Oct. 9, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — Firefighters from five counties are battling a blaze at a northwestern Indiana packaging plant. WLFI-TV reports Kentland residents living near the International Cushioning Co. plant have been Asked to close their windows and stay away from the fire because of toxic smoke from the...

Man gets 5 years in prison in construction site arson fire

Oct. 8, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of arson in a fire at a construction site in Oakland has been sentenced to five years in prison. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Dustin Bellinger was sentenced Monday in federal court in Oakland. Bellinger, who also goes by Faheem Bey, pleaded guilty this summer to...

Investigators on site of France's huge chemical plant fire

Oct. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors say police units specialized in environmental risks are leading investigations into a huge fire at a chemical plant last month in the French city of Rouen. The Paris prosecutor's office, which is in charge of the probe, said in a statement Tuesday that about 130 complaints...

Warehouse fire destroys hundreds of Lime bikes and scooters

Oct. 7, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the city of Spokane Valley says hundreds of Lime bikes and scooters were burned in a fire at a warehouse. The Spokane Valley Fire Department says the Sunday night fire likely destroyed the bikes and scooters, which were in the warehouse awaiting maintenance....

Retrial for man in California warehouse fire that killed 36

Oct. 4, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an artists' work-live collective in the San Francisco Bay Area where a fast-moving fire trapped and killed 36 partygoers three years ago will be tried again on manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Friday. Alameda County prosecutors said they decided on a retrial...

The Latest: 2 jurors held in contempt for warehouse trial

Oct. 4, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the trial against a man who will be retried on involuntary manslaughter charges after a fire in a California warehouse killed 36 partygoers (all times local): 11:25 a.m.: A judge in Northern California has held two jurors in contempt of court after juror misconduct...

Fire sweeps Michigan deer-processing plant known for market

Oct. 4, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

ALMONT, Mich. (AP) — An overnight fire has heavily damaged an eastern Michigan deer-processing plant that’s known for its iconic meat market. The fire began late Thursday at the Country Smokehouse in Lapeer County’s Almont Township and spread quickly through the business. Firefighters from...

Homes evacuated, trains halted over fire at Atlanta business

Oct. 4, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a fire at an Atlanta business briefly stopped nearby trains, forced residents from their homes and shut down a road. News outlets report the fire consumed the Pallet Depot building early Friday as firefighters worked to control the blaze. Black smoke was visible from blocks...

Water shortage after fire prompts school shutdown

Oct. 1, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school system is calling off classes for a day because of low water pressure after a large fire. Attalla city schools canceled classes for Tuesday as firefighters continued battling a large blaze at a warehouse in the Etowah County city. Crews from at least three counties...

Authorities: Pittsburgh warehouse fire considered suspicious

Oct. 1, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a fire that severely damaged a Pittsburgh warehouse this week is considered suspicious. But it's still not clear what caused the blaze in the city's Strip District, which was reported shortly before 4:40 a.m. Monday. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly three hours...