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FILE - This Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo released by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows Derick Almena at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. Almena who is man charged with manslaughter in the Ghost Ship blaze that killed 36 partygoers at a firetrap warehouse in Northern California may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak, a judge ruled. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge has decided to release Almena from custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and place him in an electronic monitoring program while he awaits retrial, officials said Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Man awaiting retrial in deadly warehouse blaze may be freed

Apr. 9, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man awaiting retrial in a fire that killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse may be released from jail because of the coronavirus outbreak. An Alameda County Superior Court Judge is likely to release Derick Almena from the Santa Rita Jail and place him in an...

Fire at replica Prussian palace in Berlin quickly controlled

Apr. 8, 2020 5:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — One person was injured after a fire broke out Wednesday at a replica of a Prussian palace being rebuilt on the city’s historic Unter den Linden boulevard, which was brought quickly under control, the fire department said. Two tar heaters and other building material caught fire in the...

In this photo made on Saturday, April 4, 2020, an aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine. The fire was still burning on Sunday, April 5, Emergency Ministry firemen kept extinguishing the fire. (Emergency Situation Ministry via AP)

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

Apr. 6, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears. Police said they tracked down a person suspected of starting the blaze by setting dry grass on fire in the area. The...

A view of a forest fire burning near the village of Volodymyrivka in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Yaroslav Yemelianenko)

Ukraine battles forest fires near Chernobyl

Apr. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian firefighters labored into Sunday night trying to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station, which was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. Ukraine's emergencies service said one of the...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, flames and smoke tower into the sky at the Northern Metal Recycling plant in Becker, Minn. A fire that burned for days at the Minnesota recycling facility in February was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday, March 11. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)

Massive fire at Minnesota scrap pile ruled accidental

Mar. 11, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A fire that burned for days at a Minnesota recycling facility last month was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday. An investigator for the state fire marshal's division found no evidence the fire that broke out Feb. 18 at...

Firefighters work in the aftermath of a fire at a warehouse of the National Electoral Council where tens of thousands of voting machines and fingerprint readers were destroyed, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 9, 2020. Government officials are vowing not to let the fire deter their quest to hold legislative elections this year. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuela officials vow not to let fire prevent elections

Mar. 9, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities are vowing not to let a fire that destroyed thousands of voting machines deter their quest to hold legislative elections this year that could help President Nicolás Maduro consolidate his power. Officials on Monday provided few details about the weekend...

A man stands next to a burned installation which built for migrants, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday, March 8, 2020. A fire broke out at a refugee center on Lesbos island, Greece's firefighting service said Sunday, causing considerable damage to a warehouse but no injuries. (AP Photo/Alexandros Michailidis)

Amid tensions, fire damages Greek island refugee center

Mar. 8, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

ATHENS (AP) — A fire broke out at a refugee center on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greece's firefighting service said Sunday, causing considerable damage to a warehouse but no injuries. It was the second fire at an installation built for migrants, after a reception center was burned down by unknown...

In this aerial photo, water is slowly draining from the freeway after a water main break east of the location flooded all lanes, closing the freeway in both directions, at the intersection of 610 and Clinton Drive, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in east Houston. Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on the flooded freeway. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Water main break in Houston strands drivers, closes schools

Feb. 27, 2020 8:21 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Businesses and schools shut down Thursday after a main line from a plant that supplies water to about half of Houston burst open, submerging vehicles on a flooded freeway and prompting emergency officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city to deploy tanker trucks to mitigate any fire...

Special prosecutor Michael Doyle speaks during opening statements during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, along with three senior staff members are on trial over a fire at the Houston-area chemical plant that was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey's flooding in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Prosecutor: Arkema jeopardized public safety during Harvey

Feb. 27, 2020 5:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A company that owns a suburban Houston chemical plant jeopardized public safety when it failed to remove dangerous chemicals ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, resulting in a blaze that sent toxic smoke into the air and injured first responders, prosecutors told jurors on Thursday. Arkema...

A fire burns after an explosion at the Marathon Refinery in Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

Cause of Los Angeles-area refinery fire under investigation

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The cause of an explosion and fire at the largest oil refinery on the West Coast was under investigation Wednesday as air quality authorities conducted laboratory testing to determine whether toxic gases were released. No one was injured and there were no immediate indications that...