(LANCASHIRE, U.K) JUST IN: A child has died and four adults injured in a massive fire in Heysham with 10-firefighting crews are fighting the blaze that has collapsed buildings #AceNewsDesk report

HEYSHAM: Child dies and four adults injured in Lancashire explosion: Firefighters, police and ambulances were sent to Mallowdale Avenue in the town in the early hours of Sunday’

Firefighters Working With Blaze

7 minutes ago Firefightets are still searching the scene

Two houses collapsed and serious damage was done to a third property, Lancashire Police said.

A young child died in the blast, which happened at 02:40 BST, and the force said two men and two women had been taken to hospital with injuries.

“We can now confirm that sadly a young child has died as a result of the incident. The family have been informed and our thoughts remain with them at this distressing time,” the force said.Firefighters and ambulances were sent to the scene in the early hours

Two of the people hurt had serious injuries, assistant chief constable Jo Edwards said at a press conference at the scene earlier.

The other two are being assessed in hospital.

She said the search and rescue operation is still ongoing but “we believe we have got everybody out”. 

Lancashire Fire said a major incident was declared after it was reported that there has been an explosion at a property on Mallowdale Avenue.One house had collapsed and nearby houses had roof damage

About 30-40 people were evacuated from their homes. Most went to stay with friends and family but the Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is welcoming anyone needing support.

Lancaster City Council leader Erica Lewis said councils would give housing support to those affected and had opened a helpline.

She said it was “important we understand how this happened” and the investigation “runs its course”.

One neighbour said it “sounded like a bomb going off”.

“It literally shook the whole bed. We felt like we were going through the floor. 

“We jumped out of bed and we just ran to see what was going on. It’s just awful,” she said.

Dave GuestNeighbours said the explosion “sounded like a bomb going off”

Susan Faulkner, 74, who lives further down the avenue, said she was still “shaken” by the incident.

“I woke up with this huge bang and I thought someone was breaking into my house… I’m still quite shaken by it. I’ve never experienced that before.

Ms Faulkner said that her own property and others close by had been damaged.

“It was quite a blast, I live quite way down there and part of my side door was blown in, my next door neighbour’s plates were smashed,” she said.

“I’ve been very lucky. When I see what those poor souls have had happen to them, it’s devastating. I’m really sad for those people, it’s such a sad thing to happen to them.”Cars and houses were damaged by bricks and debris from the blast

Dan Knowles, who lives four streets away from the explosion, said he thought there had been an earthquake.

“We immediately checked on our kids and got back in bed. We then heard sirens and my wife checked Facebook.

“We stayed indoors and switched everything off at the source and then sat up all night worrying.”

Another neighbour said he had been helping out “making brews” since being woken by the blast.

Matt House, from North West Ambulance Service, said he had not seen an explosion like this in the UK during his 20 years of service.

Ben Norman, assistant chief fire officer, said there would be “untold” impact on fire officers working at the scene.

He said at its peak, 80 fire officers were at the scene with two engines pulled in from Cumbria and emergency service workers “took great risks”.

He added: “Some of those are staff that respond from home or a workplace. They’re on-call firefighters so they go back into this community.

“They live within it, they work within it, their families are within it.”

Local MP David Morris, who represents Morecambe and Lunesdale, thanked the emergency services on Twitter and said: “My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families on Mallowdale Avenue”.

Police said they were working with gas service engineers to make the area safe and they advised people to stay away. 

Electricity North West, which supplies electricity across the north west of England, said on Twitter that engineers were removing supplies for safety.

The company could not confirm how many properties would be affected, or for how long.

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(LONDON) JUST IN: A devastating fire at a historic boatyard has destroyed a yacht that was used to rescue troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: A devastating fire at a historic boatyard has destroyed a yacht that was used to rescue troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War:

Historic ship used to save people from Dunkirk in WW2 destroyed in boatyard fire: ‘The Lady Gay was lost in the blaze on Platts Eyot in Hampton, south west London, on Monday, according to the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships’

Tues.4 May 2021 10:26 am

Picture of the lady gay destroyed in thames fire - Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
The huge fire at a boatyard on the River Thames has destroyed the Lady Gay, a boat used in the evacuation of Dunkirk (Picture: Resuters/Association of Dunkirk Little Ships)

Two other vessels, also used in the famous rescue mission, were moved to safety as the fire tore through two boat sheds.

A statement from the association confirmed the loss of the boat – known as a Dunkirk Little Ship or DLS – this morning. 

It said: ‘It is with great sadness that yesterday May 3rd 2021 Dunkirk Little Ship Lady Gay was destroyed in a blaze at the old Thornycroft sheds on Platts Eyot, Hampton. 

‘DLS Mary Irene and Elvin, who were also on site, were able to be moved to safety but today our thoughts are with Lady Gay’s owners in their loss of a truly wonderful little ship.’

Lady Gay, a 34ft Motor Yacht, was originally built in 1934 for Lord Alfred Dunhill and cost £1500. 

She was one of hundreds of small boats used to take troops off the beaches at Dunkirk and return them to the UK after the Nazis invaded France in 1940.

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The Lady Gay was built in 1934 (Picture: Association of Dunkirk Little Ships)
A fire raged through the boatyard yesterday
A fire raged through the boatyard yesterday
Firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
More than 100 firefighters were mobilised to try to put out the blaze (Picture: Reuters)

It’s understood she was on the slipway of Otter Marine, having just had some restoration work completed to get her ready for the coming season afloat.

Some people were seen attempting to rescue the small boats as the fire raged around them yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters managed to bring the blaze on the island in the River Thames under control late on Monday night. 

Boats have been built at Platts Eyot since 1868 and the sheds that have been destroyed were Grade II listed because of their historical importance. 

Crews were called soon before 5.15pm to reports of two industrial units on fire, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said in a statement.

Bystanders look on as firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Fire crews had to access the island on foot (Picture: Reuters)
Firefighters tackle a blaze at a boatyard next to the River Thames, Hampton, west London, Britain, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Some 15 fire engines were on the scene (Picture: Reuters)
The fire has devastated the boatyard (Picture: UkNewsinPictures)

Some 15 fire engines were at the scene on Monday evening, with crews forced to carry their equipment to the blaze by hand as the island can only be accessed via a footbridge.

Footage from the incident showed two large buildings at the Hampton Boat Sheds on fire, while subsequent photos showed just the charred remains of the structures.

LFB said its control room had received more than 60 calls about the fire. One man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

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(KENT, U.K.) JUST IN: At least two people have been seriously injured after an explosion ripped through a property engulfing it in flames and trapping several inside #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: Emergency services freed ‘a number of people’ who were trapped, while witnesses said a ‘hero’ pulled neighbours from the wreckage of the terraced home in Mill View:

Two casualties after huge explosion rips through houses trapping people inside: ‘Residents reported hearing an explosion that shook their houses in the street in Willesborough, Ashford, shortly before 8am on Tuesday morning according to MetroUK today’

Tues.4 May 2021 9:04 am

A property has exploded in Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, leaving several injured.
Video footage shows the property engulfed in flames as emergency services were scrambled to the scene (Picture: PA/@CFC_Hazz)

An elderly couple reportedly live in the house and were rescued.

Seven people have been rushed to hospital with two seriously injured and a further five with less serious wounds. One person was airlifted from the scene at about 10am.

Footage shows a huge blaze engulfing the house as officers attempt to keep bystanders back, while images show others fleeing the fire as neighbours wearing their pyjamas looked on.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the hollowed out home which was was left with no walls and just the chimney remaining.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire engines and a height vehicle are currently at the scene as firefighters continue to extinguish the flames. Gas engineers have also been called in.

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Willesborough, Ashford

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Willesborough, Ashford

Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
The blaze has left a property completely destroyed (Picture: PA)
Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
A number of people were trapped inside the property (Picture: PA)

Sharing footage on Twitter, one local resident wrote: ‘Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone’.

Another local earlier told KentOnline: ‘It looks like just one house is on fire. There is debris absolutely everywhere.’

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Crews are working to extinguish any remaining signs of fire following an explosion at a house in Mill View, in Willesborough, Ashford.’

‘Crews are working with Kent Police and SECAmb, including its Hazardous Area Response team, and the air ambulance has also sent two road vehicles to the scene,’ added the spokesperson.

‘Two casualties have been passed into the care of SECAmb.’

Kent Police said it is not yet known what caused the explosion but it is not being treated as suspicious. 

Firefighters tackle blaze after house explodes in Kent

Firefighters tackle blaze after house explodes in Kent

The first pictures of the aftermath of this morning's explosion show the carnage caused by the blast in Mill View, Ashford.
Two casualties have been confirmed (Picture: UKNIP)
Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
Seven fire engines were rushed to the scene (Picture: PA)

‘A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued,’ said a spokesperson.

‘Two people sustained serious injuries and were taken to a London hospital. A further five people were treated locally for injuries described as less serious. All residents are now accounted for.

‘The Salvation Army have set up a centre at a local village hall to provide support to those who have been evacuated.’

Kent Police have urged people to stay away from the area, while a number of roads are cordoned off.

'Gas explosion' in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford.
One resident said the front of the house was ‘completely gone’ (Picture: @CFC_Hazz)
Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
Residents reported hearing the explosion just before 8am (Picture: PA)
'Gas explosion' in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford.
Emergency services have so far rescued a ‘number of people’ (Picture: @CFC_Hazz)

The London Air Ambulance was also sent and landed in Hythe Road recreation ground behind the homes in Osborne Road.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm our attendance at an incident in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford, reported to us shortly before 8am.

‘Ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team are at the scene with police and fire colleagues.

‘The air ambulance service has also sent two road vehicles to the scene. We are assessing patients at the scene and will issue further details when available.’

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(SEATTLE) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a boat fire Monday morning at Quartermaster Harbor Yacht Club on Vashon Island this morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.30: At 4:16 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification from dispatchers at Valley Communications Center that two 40-foot yachts were on fire at the end of the marina’s south pier and local fire department personnel were on scene.

Coast Guard, partners respond to boat fire, pollution incident on Vashon Island, WA at approximately 4:30 a.m., a Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew responded and an Air Station Port Angeles aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter diverted from routine operations at King County International Airport.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/29/2021 06:30 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest
Contact: 13th District Public Affairs
Office: (206) 220-7237
After Hours: (206) 251-3237
13th District online newsroom

Coast Guard, partners respond to boat fire, pollution incident on Vashon Island, WA

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Once on scene, the Coast Guard Station Seattle boatcrew began enforcing a 500-yard safety zone, while a Vashon Island Fire Department and Tacoma Fire Department boat crews extinguished the flames. The helicopter aircrew provided aerial support and information regarding observable pollution in the water.

At 7:30 a.m., the Vashon Island Fire Chief reported that no one was aboard either vessel, both of which sank at the pier. The helicopter aircrew reported a 60-foot by 120-foot visible sheen in and around the marina.

At 8 a.m. Coast Guard pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound were en route to the scene. Containment and cleanup operations are ongoing, and the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

“The Coast Guard and our port partners are working with the vessel owners to mitigate impact on the environment and to remove pollutants and the vessels from the waterway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brett Ettinger, chief of incident management at Sector Puget Sound.

An estimated maximum potential for pollution is 600 gallons of gasoline.

Responding agencies/units:
– U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle (45-foot response boat-medium)
– U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles (MH-65 Dolphin helicopter)
– U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Incident Management Division (pollution response team)
– Tacoma Fire Department Marine Unit
– Vashon Island Fire Department
– Washington State Department of Ecology
– Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) Justice Dept Report: A man has been charged under a federal indictment with a ‘hate crime’ for setting fire to a church in July 2020: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.19: A Florida man was charged with federal hate crime in Ocala for setting fire to a church: According to the indictment, Shields intentionally set fire to the Queen of Peace Catholic Church on July 11, 2020. The indictment alleges that he was motivated to set this fire due to the religious character of the church. Shields is charged with one count of intentional damage to religious property, a hate crime charge that falls under the Church Arson Prevention Act, and one count of using fire to commit a felony:

Florida Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime: ‘Steven Shields, 24, of Dunnellon, was charged with setting fire to and damaging the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala by a federal grand jury in Orlando, who returned an indictment against him’

For more information and resources about the department’s work to combat hate crimes, visit www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.

If convicted, Shields faces a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment for intentionally damaging religious property. Shields faces an additional mandatory minimum of 10 years for using fire to commit a felony. He also faces up to three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Explosives Investigations, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Fire and Rescue Department and the Ocala Police Department conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Bodnar Jr. of the Middle District of Florida and Trial Attorney Maura White of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation and Shields is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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(KEY WEST, Fla.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard is currently overseeing diesel spill clean-up operations after the 100-foot vessel, La Dolce Vita, caught fire Tuesday near Marquesas #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.18: The owner of the vessel is taking responsibility to contain and remove the resulting diesel spill. A commercial salvage crew deployed boom Wednesday to contain a visible light sheen. The La Dolce Vita was reportedly carrying nearly 4,500 gallons maximum capacity of diesel, but it is unknown how much of the product was discharged:

Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after vessel fire the captain radioed Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders reporting the fire on Ch. 16. All six people aboard safely evacuated using the vessel’s small boat and were escorted to shore by a Station Key West rescue crew: The fire reportedly started on the starboard generator

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/18/2021 11:21 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
Office: 305-415-6683
After Hours: 786-367-7649
7th District online newsroom

Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after vessel fire

Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after yacht fire
A boom surrounds the wreckage of the 100-foot yacht, La Dolce Vita, near Marquesas, Florida, Mar. 17, 2021.
Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after yacht fire
Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after yacht fire
Coast Guard oversees diesel spill clean-up near Marquesas after yacht fire

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“Right now, the Coast Guard’s main concern is the environmental threat,” said Chief Petty Officer Thomas Goggans, Coast Guard Sector Key West incident management supervisor. “The location of the fuel spill is within a National Marine Sanctuary and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge.” 

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VIDEO:SYRIA: ‘ Fire at small clinic kills 27-people mostly children ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:May.31: A fire at a small clinic in the north east of Syria has killed 27 people, the majority of whom are children, according to the SANA news agency, cited by AFP.

It is believed dry branches caught fire and the blaze subsequently spread to a nearby fuel tank, which then exploded. “At least 27 people were killed … and at least 30 people are being treated for burns,” the news agency stated, citing a doctor at the scene.

The fire occurred at the Maysalun clinic in the city of Qamishli, which is located on the border with Turkey.

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LONDON: ‘ PASSENGER PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AFTER FIRE ‘

#AceWorldNews – LONDON:Jan.02: A passenger plane operated by Blue Island Airways, with 28 passengers and three crew members aboard, has landed safely in London after transmitting a signal that one of its engines had caught fire.

' A plane with 28 passengers was forced into an emergency landing after an engine fire alert - Screenshot from 2015-01-02 20:14:34 '

‘ A plane with 28 passengers was forced into an emergency landing after an engine fire alert – Screenshot from 2015-01-02 20:14:34 ‘

The flight was diverted to London Southend Airport.

Automatic safety systems extinguished the fire during the flight and the plane landed with one engine.

Nobody was hurt. An initial investigation shows that there may not have been a fire, and it could have been a false alarm.

#ANS2015

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LOS ANGELES ‘ MASSIVE FIRE HAS ENGULFED APARTMENT BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ‘

#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.

https://instagram.com/p/wV2T7nrqBp/embed/captioned/?v=4

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.

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‘ EGYPTIAN NAVY VESSEL COMES UNDER TERRORIST ATTACK BY SUSPECTED MILITANTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.13 – An Egyptian Navy vessel came under “terrorist” attack in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, AFP reported.

'8 missing after attack on Egypt naval vessel in Mediterranean '

‘8 missing after attack on Egypt naval vessel in Mediterranean ‘

Five servicemen were injured and eight others are missing at sea, according to the military.

Four boats used by the assailants were destroyed and 32 of the suspected militants were reportedly arrested.

MENA news agency said that a naval vessel had been set alight in an exchange of fire with assailants about 70km from Egypt’s shore off the coast of the Damietta province in the north-east.

#ANS2014 

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‘ Fire Tears Through Staten Island Town Houses ‘

#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.

AP 

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` Russia Pays Tribute to the Voluntary Firemen Who Risk Their Lives in Saving Others ‘

#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  

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` Raging Fire in ` Valparaiso ‘ has so far Claimed 16 Lives, Destroyed 500 Homes and Evacuated 10,000 People ‘

#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.

#ANS2014

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` Train is set on fire by explosion on the `Rawalpindi-Jaffer ' Express Killing at least Four People '

#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.

#ANS2014

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South Korea : “10 People Killed and 23 Injured following collapse of `University Building’ during Welcoming Party”

#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.

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” Independent Inspector’s will check out whether `World Cup Stadium’ is `Fit for Purpose’ after Octobers Fire”

#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.

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#AceWorldNews says the majority of the animals housed…

#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.

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“At Least Seven People Killed and Fifteen Others Wounded by Rocket Fire on Lebanese Border”

#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.

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