#AceBreakingNews – LOS ANGELES – Dec.08 – A massive fire has engulfed an apartment building under construction in down-town Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), firefighters were battling the blaze at the corner of Temple and Fremont streets, the Los Angeles Times reports. The LAFD has subsequently tweeted the exact location of the incident.
The fire apparently broke out in an apartment complex under construction near the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of downtown. A picture of the site is available on Google maps.
Social media users in the city have been quick to post pictures of the pillar of fire reaching up into the night sky, with some taking a more ominous interpretation of the blaze.
#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK (Staten Island) – June 05 – Fire tore through three town-houses on Staten Island early Thursday, injuring 34 people, authorities and witnesses said.
About 200 fire-fighters responded to the blaze that erupted at about (05:00 GMT) and battled the five-alarm fire for several hours until the early morning, AP reported.
A New York Fire Department spokesman said 23 fire-fighters and 11 civilians suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious, but none was considered life-threatening.
He said the flames were so heavy that fire-fighters were unable to say where the fire originated.
That would be part of the investigation into what caused the blaze, he said.
“My life is in there,” said Cindy Piscopo, who lived on the first floor of one of the four-family town-houses.
She said she was awakened by a top-floor neighbour knocking on her door and yelling at her to get out.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – May 11 – The number of voluntary firemen in Russia is about to reach one million people who help protect 40 thousand settlements from fires, spokesman of the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Drobyshevsky told Itar-Tass.
The Russian president has signed the law on voluntary fire-fighting service on May 6, 2011. A quicker enactment of this law was caused by sweeping forest fires in July-August 2010 when tens of settlements were stricken in the blazes in central Russia and the Volga River region. Then the Ministry of Emergencies leadership stated that at least 800 thousand voluntary firemen were needed in Russia to protect rural settlements from fires.
“More than 37 thousand public fire security units with a total strength of more than 914.1 thousand people have been formed in all Russian regions so far,” Drobyshevsky said, noting that “Voluntary fire-fighting units protect more than 37.8 thousand settlements where 13.3 million people live.” More than 32 thousand settlements in Russia were not protected by fire-fighting teams due to their remote geographical position three years ago at the moment the voluntary fire-fighting service law was enacted.
“From the start of this year voluntary fire-fighting units have put out 749 fires on their own, volunteers participated in fighting around six thousand fires as additional fire-fighting force, saving 228 people,” Drobyshevsky said.
Voluntary firemen are provided with fire-fighting machinery and equipment. Voluntary fire-fighting teams use around 24 thousand units of fire machinery.
Voluntary firemen participate not only fire-fighting, but also in rescue operations. “From the start of this year voluntary firemen participated in rescue operations for more than 2.6 thousand times, saving more than one hundred people,” the ministry’s spokesman said.
Courtesy of TASS
#AceWorldNews – VALPARAISO, CHILE – April 13 – (AP) – A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colourful port city, killing at least 16 people and destroying more than 500 homes.
More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
The fire began Saturday afternoon in a forested area above ramshackle housing on one of the city’s many hilltops, and spread quickly as high winds rained hot ash over wooden houses and narrow streets. Electricity failed as the fire grew, with towering, sparking flames turning the night sky orange over the darkened remains of entire neighbourhoods.
“It’s a tremendous tragedy. This could be the worst fire in the city’s history,” President Michelle Bachelet said as fire-fighters contained most of the blazes, mobilizing 18 helicopters and planes to drop water on hotspots Sunday.
Bachelet warned that the toll of death and damage would rise once authorities can enter the smouldering remains.
Military Police Gen. Julio Pineda said 16 were killed and more than 500 people were injured. Patricio Bustos, who directs the national forensics service, said DNA tests would be needed to identify remains.
#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – A blast in a train at Balochistan’s Sibi railway station on Tuesday killed at least four persons and wounded several others, DawnNews reported.
The blast set the train on fire and completely destroyed one bogie.
Emergency and rescue teams reached the site and began shifting the casualties to Civil Hospital Sibi.
The victims included women and children.
The explosion occurred in the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar express when it reached Sibi from Quetta. .
Representatives of law enforcement agencies reported that, according to preliminary data, the explosives were delivered into the train car soon after the train arrived in Sibi. A local police officer noted that the train came 10 minutes earlier than scheduled.
Following the blast, fire emerged, and the train car, where the explosion occurred, completely burned out, while another three cars were damaged by the fire.
The circumstances of the incident, as well as the information on the number of victims, are being specified.
#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports ten people were killed and 23 injured when a building collapsed in South Korea’s south-eastern city of Gyeongju,
Reuters quoted emergency officials as saying.
During the collapse the building was hosting a welcoming party for new university students, with a total of 560 students in attendance at the auditorium of the golf resort.
Heavy snow on top of the roof is cited as the cause for the collapse, according to fire department officials. Nine of the dead were students.
Dozens of others were trapped inside, but all of the victims were successfully rescued several hours later.
#AceWorldNews says an independent inspector will look into possible structural damage caused by an October fire at a World Cup stadium in western Brazil.
An earlier Reuters report showed that the blaze was far worse than government officials have previously said.
The inspector will visit the stadium in the city of Cuiaba on Monday to report the findings back to world soccer body FIFA and Brazilian officials, according to FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer.
The October 25 fire at the unfinished Arena Pantanal caused structural damage that could “compromise the overall stability of the construction,” according to prosecutors in Mato Grosso state.
#AceWorldNews says the majority of the animals housed in Komsomolsk-on-Amur’s zoo have suffocated to death in a fire, local news agency Portamur.ru reports. Around 240 animals, of 115 different species, were kept at the city’s Python Zoo. Investigators believe the blaze could have been caused by a malfunction with the building’s central heating system.
#AceBreakingNews says at least seven people were killed and 15 others wounded by rocket fire on the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Friday, Lebanon’s National News Agency said. One rocket hit Arsal, and local sources said at least seven rockets hit the area. Arsal is located on the frontier with neighbouring Syria.