<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - fire]]> http://gazette.com/rss/fire Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:39:15 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs firefighters investigating cause of vacant house fire]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-investigating-cause-of-vacant-house-fire/article/1591607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-investigating-cause-of-vacant-house-fire/article/1591607?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) The Colorado Springs Fire Department is investigating a fire that happened Sunday afternoon.

It happened at a home at 726 East Platte Avenue near downtown Colorado Springs.

It started on the upper floor of the vacant home and spread to the roof and attic.

There is no word on the cause yet and no one was injured in the fire.

Fire crews are still checking for hot spots.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:31:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Teens, music makers among California warehouse fire victims]]> http://gazette.com/teens-music-makers-among-california-warehouse-fire-victims/article/1591603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teens-music-makers-among-california-warehouse-fire-victims/article/1591603?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif.— Teenagers, the son of a local sheriff's deputy and young artists who loved music are among the dozens of people who died when a fire broke out at an underground dance party in a warehouse that visitors called a death trap.

The victims of a party Friday night in Oakland included 17-year-olds and people from Europe and Asia, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said. Authorities have recovered 33 bodies, with more expected as crews continue to clear debris.

The city of Oakland identified some of the victims as Cash Askew, 22, David Clines, 35, Travis Hough, 35, and Donna Kellogg, 32, all of Oakland; Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Coronado, Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek, and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:33:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33, and includes teens ]]> http://gazette.com/warehouse-fire-death-toll-climbs-to-33-and-includes-teens/article/1591576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warehouse-fire-death-toll-climbs-to-33-and-includes-teens/article/1591576?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. — The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed to 33 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing.

Less than half of the charred remains of the partly collapsed structure had been searched, and crews clearing debris were expected to find more bodies as they advanced, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

Officials said they have identified seven people who were killed.

Among them is Donna Kellogg, according to her father, Keith Slocum. He declined additional comment.

Kelly said those killed range in age from teenagers to 30-plus years old.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:32:31 -0700
<![CDATA[At least 9 killed in Oakland warehouse fire, death toll expected to rise]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-9-killed-in-oakland-warehouse-fire-death-toll-expected-to-rise/article/1591507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-9-killed-in-oakland-warehouse-fire-death-toll-expected-to-rise/article/1591507?custom_click=rss

OAKLAND, Calif. — California authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party and police say there are "casualties."

Oakland police Officer G. Plasencia says the fire department responded about 11:30 p.m. Friday night and firefighters were still on the scene early Saturday morning. Oakland firefighters tweeted video of the fire erupting through the roof.

Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were inside the building, which houses a group of artists and their studios.

Plasencia said he had no further description of the casualties and referred an Associated Press reporter to the coroner's office. The office said the coroners were also at the scene Saturday morning

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:29:21 -0700
<![CDATA[A look at some of the worst nightclub, music venue fires]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-some-of-the-worst-nightclub-music-venue-fires/article/1591515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-some-of-the-worst-nightclub-music-venue-fires/article/1591515?custom_click=rss LONDON — A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than two dozen are still unaccounted for. Fire officials say the roof collapsed during a music event.

A look at some other nightclub and music venue fires that have exacted terrible death tolls in crowded conditions:

— October, 2015: A blaze at the Colectiv nightclub in the Romanian capital of Bucharest killed 64 people and injured nearly 150 others. The fire erupted during a rock concert by the band Goodbye to Gravity. A spark from the band's pyrotechnic show ignited the foam ceiling, erupting into flames. It's known as the worst fire in Romania's modern

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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:51:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Fires in Green Mountain area — including 98-acre blaze — considered suspicious, authorities say]]> http://gazette.com/fires-in-green-mountain-area-including-98-acre-blaze-considered-suspicious-authorities-say/article/1591380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fires-in-green-mountain-area-including-98-acre-blaze-considered-suspicious-authorities-say/article/1591380?custom_click=rss

Authorities say a series of five wildfires in the Green Mountain area — including a 98-acre blaze Monday evening that prompted evacuations in Lakewood – appear to be suspicious.

West Metro Fire Rescue is asking for the public’s help in solving the open cases.

“Five fires occurred during the month of November, all but one were an acre or less in size,” West Metro said in a Thursday news release. “The most recent – the Green Mountain fire on Monday – threatened several homes.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:53:25 -0700
<![CDATA[3 more bodies found in Tennessee wildfire ruins, toll at 7]]> http://gazette.com/3-more-bodies-found-in-tennessee-wildfire-ruins-toll-at-7/article/1591252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-more-bodies-found-in-tennessee-wildfire-ruins-toll-at-7/article/1591252?custom_click=rss

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area, raising the death toll to seven, a Tennessee mayor said Wednesday.

Search-and-rescue missions continued, and Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said they had found three people who had been trapped since the fires started spreading wildly in high winds on Monday night. The mayor said the three were OK.

"That is some good, positive news for a change," he said.

The mayor said authorities are still working to identify the dead and did not release any details about how they were killed. State law enforcement set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:00:08 -0700
<![CDATA[3 killed after wildfires scorch tourist area in Tennessee, threatens Dollywood theme park]]> http://gazette.com/3-killed-after-wildfires-scorch-tourist-area-in-tennessee-threatens-dollywood-theme-park/article/1591158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-killed-after-wildfires-scorch-tourist-area-in-tennessee-threatens-dollywood-theme-park/article/1591158?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA — Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and damaged hundreds of buildings in a popular resort town on the border of the Smoky Mountains National Park as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters.

Rain had begun to fall in some areas, but experts predicted it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across several Southern states and provided fuel for fires now burning for weeks in states including Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.

The storms appeared to be taking aim at the nearly 28,000-acre Rough Ridge Fire in north Georgia and the nearly 25,000-acre Rock Mountain Fire that began in Georgia and then

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:43:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs firefighters rescue man from burning apartment]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-rescue-man-from-burning-apartment/article/1591190?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-firefighters-rescue-man-from-burning-apartment/article/1591190?custom_click=rss

Firefighters rescued a man who was sitting on the edge of a window while his apartment's kitchen was burning on Tuesday morning, the Colorado Springs Fire Department reported.

Firefighters responded just after 11:30 a.m. to a kitchen fire at Summer Grove Apartments, 3802 Half Turn Rd., on the city's east side, where a fire was burning in a second-floor unit, the Fire Department reported.

A team of two firefighters used a ladder to rescue a man "straddling the window frame" while other firefighters attacked the blaze from the ground, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch. The fire was knocked within minutes and no other units in the apartment building were affected, Wilch said.

The cause of the fire is under

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:56:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Cause of Green Mountain fire near Denver under investigation]]> http://gazette.com/cause-of-green-mountain-fire-near-denver-under-investigation/article/1591157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cause-of-green-mountain-fire-near-denver-under-investigation/article/1591157?custom_click=rss

The cause of a fire that burned about 300 acres on Green Mountain near Denver and forced evacuations Monday night is unknown.

The West Metro Fire Rescue out of Lakewood tweeted Tuesday morning that the cause remains undetermined but the investigation will continue with daylight.

The fire broke out about 5:30 p.m. in the 20.9-mile open space known as Green Mountain, which encompasses the William Frederick Hayden Park. Wind gusts up to 28 mph helped it move east and grow to about 300 acres Monday, prompting evacuations of homes on West Exposition Drive, South Deframe Way and South Devinney Street, West Metro said.

Those residents were allowed back into their homes shortly before 10 p.m., when the wildfire was 90 percent

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:44:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Grant will add investigative equipment to Colorado Springs Fire Department]]> http://gazette.com/grant-will-add-investigative-equipment-to-colorado-springs-fire-department/article/1591170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grant-will-add-investigative-equipment-to-colorado-springs-fire-department/article/1591170?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs Fire Department has received a grant to purchase two hydrocarbon detectors that will help investigators determine the origin and cause of a fire.

The $1,806 grant from FM Global will add more state of the art equipment to the Fire Department's investigation units, the department announced Tuesday.

The Rhode Island-based FM Global has provided millions of dollars in fire prevention grants around the world in the past 40 years, the Fire Department said.

"At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable," Michael Spaziani, FM Global grant program manager, said in a statement.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:32:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Unattended stove sparks Pueblo garage fire]]> http://gazette.com/unattended-stove-sparks-pueblo-garage-fire/article/1591120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unattended-stove-sparks-pueblo-garage-fire/article/1591120?custom_click=rss A wood-burning stove left unattended sparked a fire that destroyed a vehicle and a garage in Avondale Monday morning, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said.

Flames were reported at 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Leslie Street, and firefighters arrived to find a two-car garage fully engulfed in flames, the Sheriff's Office said.

The homeowner told firefighters a family member had been working in the garage Sunday night and was using a wood stove for heat. The fire was not put out, the office said.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, the office said.

A 2016 Hyundai parked in the garage was destroyed and a second vehicle suffered heat damage, the office said. Damages were estimated to be about $71,000.


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]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:35:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs-based supertanker sent to fight fires in Israel]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-based-supertanker-sent-to-fight-fires-in-israel/article/1590946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-based-supertanker-sent-to-fight-fires-in-israel/article/1590946?custom_click=rss

A Boeing 747-400 aircraft based at the Colorado Springs Airport was sent late Thursday to fight fires in Israel, its first action since gaining final approvals from federal regulators in September.

Global SuperTanker Services was hired Thursday morning by the Israeli government to fight a blaze near Haifa, the nation's third-largest city, that triggered evacuation of more than 60,000 people, damaged hundreds of homes and resulted in hospitalization of several dozen people. The company sent a team of 12 people with the massive jet, including two flight crews, four mechanics and ground personnel and two executives and keep the "Spirit of John Muir" aircraft in Israel until "the fires are out," Global SuperTanker President Jim Wheeler

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:13:47 -0700
<![CDATA[House fire south of Colorado Springs sparked by faulty wiring, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/house-fire-south-of-colorado-springs-sparked-by-faulty-wiring-officials-say/article/1590974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-fire-south-of-colorado-springs-sparked-by-faulty-wiring-officials-say/article/1590974?custom_click=rss

A Friday afternoon fire near Beulah began in a trailer and spread to a home, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Both were destroyed by the blaze on Siloam Road, which multiple fire agencies responded to at about 4:20 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. Three residents were on the property at the time of the fire, but none were in the home or the trailer, according to the Sheriff's Office. No injuries were reported.

Officials said the fire was sparked by faulty wiring of a generator connected to the home. The property damage has been valued at $22,000.

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Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:05:36 -0700
<![CDATA[No injuries reported in apartment fire in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/no-injuries-reported-in-apartment-fire-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1590927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-injuries-reported-in-apartment-fire-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1590927?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs firefighters battled an apartment fire at The Preserve at Hidden Creek on the northeast side on Thursday evening.

The fire was contained to one apartment in the complex at 5955 Vista Ridge Point, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

One of the apartment's residents was removed and was not injured, according to an 8 p.m. CSFD tweet.

The building's utilities were turned off, and the Red Cross of Southeast Colorado was assisting residents with lodging, according to a 10 p.m. tweet.

The cause is under investigation, but Gazette news partner KKTV reported that the fire may have begun near the apartment's fireplace.

No further information was available Thursday night.

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Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:15:59 -0700