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Texas county sues day after Exxon Mobil plant blast and fire

Aug. 1, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas county has sued Exxon Mobil one day after an explosion and fire at a company plant near Houston left at least 37 people with minor injuries. The Harris County Attorney's Office says in its lawsuit filed Thursday that Exxon Mobil violated the Texas Clean Air Act when its Baytown plant...

Fire at Texas Exxon Mobil refinery slightly injures 37

Jul. 31, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An explosion and fire at an Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Texas on Wednesday left 37 people with minor injuries, in the latest of a series of petrochemical industry blazes this year in the Houston area. The fire began after an explosion at approximately 11:07 a.m. at an Exxon Mobil plant in...

The Latest: Shelter in place lifted after Texas plant fire

Jul. 31, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Houston-area refinery complex (all times local): 4 p.m. A shelter in place has been lifted for residents living near a Houston-area petrochemical plant where 37 people suffered minor injuries following an explosion and fire. The shelter in place was ordered...

Attorney: Man is a scapegoat in deadly California fire

Jul. 30, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for one of two men on trial in connection with a fire that killed 36 people at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse two years ago told the jury in closing arguments Tuesday that his client has been used as a scapegoat and the evidence shows he should be acquitted. Curtis...

Prosecutor: Defendants in deadly fire 'criminally negligent'

Jul. 29, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two men charged with involuntary manslaughter after a fire broke out at a California warehouse, killing 36 people, disregarded human life when they illegally converted the building into a residence for artists and threw unpermitted parties there, prosecutors said Monday. At closing...

Beam Suntory building new craft distillery in Kentucky

Jul. 25, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The company behind the world's top-selling bourbon, Jim Beam, is pouring tens of millions of dollars into a new Kentucky distillery to boost production of craft whiskeys. Beam Suntory executives broke ground Thursday for the production facility at their flagship bourbon distilling...

Power station fires knock out service on hot day in Madison

Jul. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fires at two transmission substations in Wisconsin's capital on Friday knocked out power to thousands of customers on the hottest day of the year to-date, sending dual plumes of thick, black smoke into the air and shutting down government buildings, courtrooms and businesses, and...

Jim Beam thanks firefighters who put out warehouse blaze

Jul. 16, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Jim Beam has written an open letter to some newspapers to thank firefighters for battling a fire that recently burned down a storage warehouse in Kentucky. The producer of the world's best-selling bourbon writes that it regrets the environmental impact of the fire. Beam officials say...

3 dead as fire guts New Delhi rubber factory

Jul. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Three workers were killed on Saturday when a fire gutted a rubber factory in an industrial estate in India's capital, officials said. Dev Dutt from the New Delhi fire office said 34 fire engines battled the fire for four hours in the city's Jhilmil industrial area. Police and fire service...

Defendant in fatal warehouse blaze 'not blaming anyone'

Jul. 11, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a California communal living warehouse where a fire killed 36 people more than two years ago says testified Thursday he's not blaming anyone else for the deadly fire. "I'm not blaming anyone," Derick Almena said during his cross-examination. His comment was met with...