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Arson suspected in fire at historic Kansas City church

Sep. 20, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol,...

Finding cause of Mt. Charleston Lodge fire may take weeks

Sep. 20, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigators were trying Monday to piece together what led to the fire that destroyed much of Mt. Charleston Lodge, a popular summer retreat for Las Vegas residents. KLAS-TV reports authorities believe it will take several more days or even weeks to...

4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire

Sep. 20, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said. The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the...

US unveils plan to address 'silent killer' extreme heat

Sep. 20, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. ...

Fire leaves historic church in ruins in south Chicago suburb

Sep. 20, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

BEECHER, Ill. (AP) — A weekend fire heavily damaged a historic church in Chicago's far southern suburbs that had appeared in the 2002 film “Road to Perdition.” Officials said nearly a dozen fire departments responded to Sunday's fire in the Will County village of...

Fire destroys Jacksonville church; officials investigating

Sep. 20, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are trying to determine the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed a Jacksonville church on Monday. St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church was fully engulfed in flames when Jacksonville firefighters arrived at about 2 a.m. The roof...

California firefighters scramble to protect sequoia groves

Sep. 19, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Flames on Sunday reached a grove of sequoia trees in California as firefighters battled to keep fire from driving further into another grove, where the base of the world’s largest tree has been wrapped in protective foil. Fire officials...

California wildfires make run toward giant sequoia groves

Sep. 19, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, momentarily driving away firefighters as they try to protect the world's largest tree by wrapping its base in protective foil. A...

Fire breaks out at Greek migrant camp, forcing evacuation

Sep. 19, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out late Sunday at a soon-to-be-closed migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos, forcing its evacuation. No injuries or major damage were reported. Authorities said the fire started in some abandoned buildings inside the camp and had...

North Carolina firefighter dies after battle with COVID-19

Sep. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina firefighter has died after battling COVID-19 for more than a month. The Durham Fire Department announced the death of 45-year-old Jeremy Klemm in a Facebook post Sunday morning. The 15-year employee died late Saturday. ...