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Utility loses bid to recoup costs related to gas fire

Sep. 25, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators rejected Consumers Energy's request to recoup millions of dollars after a natural gas fire during a polar vortex in 2019. The utility was seeking nearly $8 million from ratepayers for the additional cost of acquiring natural gas, the Michigan Public Service Commission...

Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

Sep. 24, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French...

3 hurt in flash fire at Alabama plant

Sep. 24, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

TARRANT, Ala. (AP) — Three men are being treated Thursday after a flash fire at an industrial plant in Alabama. The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m. at ABC Coke in Tarrant. Fire Chief Jason Rickels said they received the call at 8:08 a.m. and were on the scene at 8:12 a.m., al.com reported. A flash...

2 Williston firefighters injured in Vermont warehouse fire

Sep. 23, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Two Williston firefighters were injured battling a fire in a warehouse in the Vermont community, the department said. The Williston Fire Department did not describe the extent of the injuries, but one of the firefighters was taken to the hospital. The fire was in a warehouse...

2 killed in fire at North Carolina paper packaging mill

Sep. 23, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — Two people were killed when a paper packaging mill caught fire in North Carolina, according to authorities. Two contract workers who were repairing tanks at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill died when the fire broke out at the plant near Canton early Monday, Mill manager Wally McDonald...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, a man speaks on his mobile phone, as firemen extinguish a fire that erupted in a factory in Karachi, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, sentenced two political party operatives of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Pakistan sentences 2 to death for deadly 2012 factory fire

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two political party operatives to death for starting a fire at a garments factory in Karachi in 2012 that killed 260 people after the factory owners refused to pay bribes. The court also sentenced the factory's four guards to life in prison...

East Los Angeles housing construction site ravaged by fire

Sep. 16, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A five-story apartment complex that was to provide housing for low-income veterans was ravaged by fire early Wednesday, just months before it was scheduled to open. Some 150 Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the blaze before dawn. The first to arrive around 1 a.m. found...

2 charges dismissed in trial over plant fire during Harvey

Sep. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed two of the charges a chemical manufacturer and one of its former executives were facing during an ongoing trial over a fire at the company’s suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017. Harvey’s historic...

Authorities: Chemical fire shuts down Atlanta area highway

Sep. 14, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A chemical fire shut down a major Atlanta area interstate in both directions during the morning commute Monday, authorities said. The fire at BioLab in Conyers led authorities to close an adjacent stretch of Interstate 20, though traffic was allowed through later in the morning, Conyers...

St. Bernard firefighters battle a 3-alarm fire after silos caught fire at the century-old Domino Sugar Refinery in Arabi, La., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Owner: Production back after Louisiana sugar refinery fire

Sep. 10, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

ARABI, La. (AP) — The owner of a Louisiana cane sugar refinery said production has resumed after a fire late last month that hit two silos but caused no injuries. American Sugar Refining Inc. said in a news release Thursday that Domino Sugar's Chalmette Refinery outside New Orleans was closed for four...