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Eastern Oregon buildings destroyed in blaze, man arrested

May. 24, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested on investigation of arson after historic buildings in the eastern Oregon town of Huntington were destroyed. KBOI-TV reports the Baker County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to a disturbance at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday after someone told police...

3 injured in fire that destroyed Nebraska fertilizer plant

May. 24, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A lightning strike at a Nebraska fertilizer plant set off a large fire that injured three truck drivers sleeping in the parking lot and destroyed the unoccupied factory, officials said Friday. The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry...

The Latest: Fire marshal says lightning caused massive fire

May. 24, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a fire that destroyed a central Nebraska fertilizer plan (all times local): 5 p.m. The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured three people. The office said in a news release Friday...

Fire in tutoring center kills 19 students in western India

May. 24, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 19 teenage students were killed in a fire that broke out Friday in a tutoring center in the western Indian city of Surat, a top state official said. More than a dozen students were hospitalized with burns or suffering from suffocation, police officer Praveen Chaudhary said. The...

Man who set wife on fire likely will spend life in prison

May. 24, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne man who admits he committed a "really terrible" crime has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for setting his wife on fire. Lizzie Caldwell died from severe burns and other injuries in the September fire. Eddie Caldwell called himself a "dead man walking" as he...

Georgia wildfire burning in Okefenokee refuge 98% contained

May. 24, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials say firefighters have almost completely contained a small wildfire burning near the edge of a federally protected swamp in south Georgia. Susan Heisey, supervisory ranger for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, said Friday that crews with tractor plows and other...

Man faces arson, murder charges after house fire

May. 24, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who authorities say intentionally set his apartment building on fire to kill himself and others has been arraigned in Boston. Gerald Gutekunst appeared in Boston Municipal Court Thursday and was ordered held without bail. He's expected to be extradited back to New...

Indian news agency reports that 15 children have been killed in a building fire in the western state of Gujarat

May. 24, 2019 8:54 AM EDT
SURAT, India (AP) — Indian news agency reports that 15 children have been killed in a building fire in the western state of Gujarat.

SUV catches fire at Jersey shore home, destroys residence

May. 24, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a vehicle fire spread to a home at the New Jersey shore, destroying the residence shortly after several people had arrived there to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The fire in Sea Isle City started just before 11 p.m. Thursday, when an SUV in the driveway...

Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

May. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel braced for renewed wildfires Friday amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid has arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and...