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Paris Architecture Complicates Fire Rescues

The firefighters climbed one ladder, hand over hand, then shifted over to a second and sometimes a third ladder, hooked precariously from window ledges eight stories above bare concrete. The architecture typical of many Paris residences – hidden central stairwells …

Fire Officials Identify Honolulu High-Rise Unit Where Fire Started

Fire investigators said Monday the apartment where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high-rise was near the two units on the 26th floor where the bodies of three victims were found, but they’re still working to determine the cause. …

Reforms up Against Industry Norms After New Jersey Apartment Fire

The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices like the use of lightweight …

Hundreds Displaced by New Jersey Apartment Building Fire

Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River. There were no initial reports …

Wisconsin Fire Melted Parts of Fire Truck

A Madison, Wis., fire that was so big it could be seen on weather radar damaged more than a dozen nearby homes and melted parts of a fire truck. Madison fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez tells WISC-TV crews arriving to …

California Steel Subcontractor Cited in San Francisco Fire

San Francisco fire officials say work being done by a steel subcontractor is believed to have ignited a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site in San Francisco in March. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that …

Alaska Borough Waives Landfill Fees for Building Fire Debris

The Fairbanks North Star Borough will waive landfill fees for rubble of an apartment building destroyed in a January fire that killed two people. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the Alaska borough Assembly voted unanimously last week to waive the …

Video Highlights Construction Worker’s Nervewracking Rescue

New video shows the dramatic rescue of a worker from a burning Houston, Texas, apartment complex that was under construction. Karen Jones shot the cellphone video on Tuesday from her nearby office as the fire consumed the planned $50 million …

Pipe Thawing Causes New Hampshire Apartment Building Fire

Officials say a landlord using a propane torch to thaw frozen pipes in the subzero temperatures sparked a fire that damaged an apartment building in the New Hampshire town of Derry. Officials say the occupants were out of the house …

Human Error Blamed in Pennsylvania Gas Explosion

Fire officials are blaming human error for a gas explosion and three-alarm fire at a central Pennsylvania apartment building that has left 22 people homeless. The blast happened Friday morning in Ephrata, Lancaster County. Lincoln Fire Chief Randy Gockley said …