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Investigation finds natural gas caused fatal house explosion

May. 22, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Fire investigators have determined the explosion of a southern Indiana house that killed one person was caused by natural gas. Fifty-year-old William Phillips was killed when a home exploded Sunday in Jeffersonville, north of Louisville, Kentucky. His wife, Janet Phillips,...

Police: Father kills 12-year-old daughter, self; burns house

May. 21, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Police now say a Texas Panhandle man shot and killed his 12-year-old daughter, set fire to his house, then shot and killed himself. In a statement Tuesday, Amarillo police say officers first went to the house of 45-year-old Robby Elsworth Fithen after a structure fire was reported...

Nevada man using torch to battle bugs dead after house fire

May. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Nevada say a 63-year-old man died after being pulled from a basement crawl space where he ignited a house fire with a torch he was using to exterminate bugs. The Clark County coroner on Tuesday identified the dead man as Jeff Long of Henderson. Henderson city...

Man dies after torch used to kill bugs starts house fire

May. 21, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in a Las Vegas suburb say a 63-year-old man has died following a house fire started when he used a propane torch to exterminate bugs in a crawl space under the home. The Henderson Fire Department said in a statement said firefighters responding to the fire Tuesday evening...

Pine Ridge man pleads guilty in a fatal ax attack

May. 21, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pine Ridge man has pleaded guilty in a fatal ax attack. Emery Arapahoe changed his plea Monday in federal court in an agreement with prosecutors. Arapahoe entered the plea to second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Raymond Waters Jr. and to arson for setting a mobile home...

Immigrant arrested in police station arson that killed 2

May. 21, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Carabinieri police arrested a North African on Tuesday in connection with an arson fire at a police station in northern Italy that killed two and injured a dozen more, authorities said. The news agency ANSA reported that the fire overnight killed two people living in apartments above the...

2 dead after farm house fire in rural South Dakota

May. 20, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BOWDLE, S.D. (AP) — Two people are dead after a weekend fire on a farm in north-central South Dakota. Crews were called around 7 a.m. Saturday to the house fire near Bowdle. Edmunds County Sheriff Todd Holtz says the bodies were discovered after the fire was put out. Holtz says authorities are withholding...

Police officer credited with saving couple, dog from fire

May. 20, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police officer is being credited with saving a couple and their dog from an early morning fire that gutted their house. Fire Marshal James Tortora says Shelton Officer Michael Kichar saved the family from serious injury or death. Kichar called 911 and knocked at their...

Raleigh police officer shoots armed man after medical call

May. 19, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Raleigh police officer has shot and wounded an armed man after the Fire Department responded to a medical call. Police said fire personnel who arrived at a home Sunday morning encountered a man who made "verbally threatening" statements. According to police, as the first officer to...

Police officer helps residents escape burning house

May. 19, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a patrol officer helped residents escape from a burning house. Shelton police say Officer Michael Kichar was on his way to work Sunday morning when he saw smoke coming from the house. Kichar called 911 and then woke up the residents and helped them and the...