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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...

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...

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...

Official urges people not to set flood-damaged homes on fire

Aug. 21, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri fire official is urging people not to set their flood-damaged homes on fire after more than 20 firefighters spent more than two hours battling a blaze. Central County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Steve Brown said Wednesday in a news release that setting fires...

DC: Row house in fatal fire wasn't approved for rent

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., says a row house that caught fire and killed a tenant wasn't licensed to even have tenants. News outlets report the overcrowded home was mostly filled with Ethiopian tenants working to send money to their families. A Sunday morning fire killed one of them and...

New Mexico suspect in fatal mobile home fire ordered held

Aug. 21, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman accused of setting a mobile home fire that killed an 8-year-old girl has been ordered held until her trial. KVIA-TV reports a state district judge ruled Monday that Jocelyn Ontiveros posed a danger and would remain in a county jail until her trial in November....

Juneau resident dies in home fire that started in kitchen

Aug. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau resident died in a fire that started in a home kitchen. Juneau fire marshal Dan Jager in an announcement says the fire broke out Monday night at a Mendenhall Valley home. The name, age and gender of the victim were not immediately released. The state medical examiner will...

1 year after fire, Bow Baptist Church has a new steeple

Aug. 20, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BOW, N.H. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church in Bow is very small congregation in a very old building. Now that congregation is moving. A fire that broke out in the steeple of the church on Tuesday will force the 20 or so parishioners to hold Sunday services at the Old Town Hall, right around the corner,...

Man, 70, tries to put out house fire, dies

Aug. 20, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — A 70-year-old Louisiana man has died after trying to put out a fire in his rented house in Crowley. The state fire marshal says a woman who also lived there told investigators that a window air conditioner was sparking about 8:45 p.m. Monday. She said the man was trying to extinguish...

Arson investigation at house owned by disappearance suspect

Aug. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Officials believe an arsonist may be responsible for a fire that destroyed a home being built by the only named suspect in a woman's high-profile disappearance. News outlets report the home owned by Brooks Houck burned down in Bardstown on Sunday night. Houck was named as a suspect in...