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Man arrested for setting fire that killed wife, hurt kids

Oct. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man suspected of setting a fire that killed his wife nearly nine years ago faces murder charges. Fifty-two-year-old Carlos Montalvo-Rivera was charged Wednesday with homicide and arson in the death of 30-year-old Olga Sanchez-Reyes. Police say the Lancaster man...

2 people accused of arson in Christmas basement fire

Oct. 17, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people are accused of setting a fire on Christmas Day 2017 in the basement of an Omaha home as part of an insurance scam. Douglas County Court records say 39-year-old Lindsay Anderson and 39-year-old Joseph Caillier are charged with arson, burglary and burning to defraud an insurer....

Wind-driven fire destroys 3 houses on NY's Fire Island

Oct. 17, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities say a wind-driven fire has destroyed three houses in the Fire Island hamlet of Ocean Bay Park. A spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Department of Emergency Management says the fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. She says 14 local fire departments...

Man gets over 47 years in prison in woman's death

Oct. 17, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to at least 47 ½ years in prison for killing a woman last year in Exeter, New Hampshire. Derek Webber had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating and stabbing 65-year-old Carol Felides and then setting her home on fire in a mobile home park...

Officials study fire at California fuel site after quake

Oct. 16, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...

Mobile home fire injures 2; 1 person in critical condition

Oct. 16, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two people were hurt in a fire in an Anchorage mobile home. KTUU-television reports one person was critically injured in the fire early Wednesday morning. Names of the injured were not released. The Anchorage Fire Department says the fire broke out shortly after midnight at a home...

Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire

Oct. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake struck...

The Latest: Authorities seek cause for California fuel fire

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Northern California fuel storage facility (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Officials are trying to determine if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands...

Health warning lifted over fire at California oil facility

Oct. 16, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have lifted shelter-in-place orders for some 12,000 people in Northern California after containment of a fire at a fuel storage facility that sent up a huge cloud of smoke. Emergency sirens blared and thick plumes of black smoke and flames filled the skyline around the...

Ohio teen faces new charges in grandfather's fire death

Oct. 15, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy who authorities say deliberately set a home on fire faces new delinquency charges including aggravated murder in the death of his disabled grandfather. Authorities say the charges were added in Summit County Juvenile Court Monday after 71-year-old Thomas Allen III died...