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Burundi says prison fire kills 38 inmates in Gitega

Dec. 07, 2021 09:58 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government says 38 prisoners have been killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Gitega, the country’s political capital. Vice President Prosper Bazombanza announced the deaths. More than 60 other people have been injured and the death toll could rise....

Fatal fire followed removal of encampment of homeless people

Dec. 07, 2021 09:06 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — At least two of the three people who died in a fire in a condemned house had been moved with other homeless people from a riverfront encampment days before by city officials, a newspaper reported. Three people died and two people escaped the fire Sunday...

Body of Sri Lankan lynching victim arrives from Pakistan

Dec. 06, 2021 19:42 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The charred body of a factory manager who was lynched by a mob in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy was brought back to Sri Lanka on Monday. Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara was assaulted by a mob of hundreds of people before being dragged into the...

Man, 60, charged with arson murder in March house fire

Dec. 06, 2021 19:01 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A New London man was charged Monday with arson murder in connection with a house fire in March that led to the death of a 63-year-old man. James McKinnon was ordered held in lieu of a $1 million bond in court on charges that also included robbery, breach of...

Fire official: 3-year-old boy rescued, resuscitated in Vegas

Dec. 06, 2021 17:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy child was hospitalized with burn injuries after firefighters rescued him from a burning mobile home Monday southeast of Las Vegas. Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Kelly Blackmon said witnesses told arriving fire crews there were...

Police say man suspected in string of Des Moines arson fires

Dec. 06, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines announced the arrest of a man suspected in a string of overnight arson fires involving half a dozen vehicles that also damaged at least two homes. The fires occurred starting around 11:30 p.m. Sunday into the early Monday morning hours,...

Central Colorado wildfire evacuation orders lifted

Dec. 06, 2021 15:02 PM EST

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters made progress containing a 15-acre (6-hectare) wildfire in a central Colorado mountain community as authorities lifted evacuation orders Monday for residents who were forced to leave their homes a day earlier. Clear Creek County Sheriff Rick...

Officials say man died in suburban St. Louis house fire

Dec. 06, 2021 14:22 PM EST

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man died in a house fire over the weekend, officials said. The fire was reported around 1:35 a.m. Sunday at a home in Mehlville, St. Louis County officials said in a news release. Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke...

Newspaper finds delays to fire-driven inspections plan

Dec. 06, 2021 14:00 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas rental property inspection program, which launched in response to the deadliest residential fire in city history, has gotten off to a sluggish start, with visits to just two of 36 potentially at-risk complexes, a newspaper found. City lawmakers last...

New Orleans apartment complex fire leaves dozens displaced

Dec. 06, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Firefighters have been battling a huge fire that swept through an apartment complex in the Algiers area of New Orleans. Residents of the Cypress Run Apartments smelled smoke before dawn Monday and began evacuating, WVUE-TV reported. No injuries have...