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Minneapolis Orders Partial Demolition of Fire-Gutted Shelter

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis officials on Thursday ordered the partial demolition of a downtown homeless shelter heavily damaged by a Christmas Day fire. The city used its emergency authority to order demolition of part of the Francis Drake Hotel for safety …

Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burning 3 Louisiana Black Churches

The son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged with burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana over the past two weeks, officials said on Thursday, saying they acted quickly out of concern he would strike again. Holden Matthews, …

North Dakota Oil Company Fire Investigated

Federal and state investigators were at a Williston, N.D., oil supply and logistics company on Wednesday, a day after a massive fire disrupted road and air traffic. Williams County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lorrie Wilson said officials with the state fire …

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Declares Fire Drill Day

North Carolina’s insurance commissioner and fire marshal is urging families to use Fire Prevention Week to come up with plans to prevent kitchen fires. Wayne Goodwin launched 2013 Fire Prevention Week on Sunday. He declared Wednesday as Family Fire Drill …

Fire Marshal Probes Blaze at Vacant Penn Glass

A state police fire marshal was investigating a fire that heavily damaged a vacant, family-owned glass plant in southeastern Pennsylvania. Authorities say about 100 firefighters battled the blaze at the Penn Glass Inc. plant just south of Lancaster. The fire …

Explosion at Massachusetts Auto Parts Store Accidental

The state Fire Marshal’s office says an explosion at a Fitchburg, Mass., auto parts store was caused by a natural gas leak in a pipeline, and has ruled it an accident. The office released its finding into Tuesday’s explosion on …

Michigan Fire Marshal Urges People to Find Back Exits

Michigan’s fire marshal has some safety tips for people to remember if they’re caught in the sort of fire that killed hundreds of people at a nightclub in Brazil. Fire Marshal Richard Miller says people should identify back exits because …

Fire Deaths in Ohio Reached 25-Year Low in 2011

The number of fire-related deaths in Ohio dropped almost 18 percent last year to a 25-year low of 126 fatalities. State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers on Monday said more than 90 percent of the fire-related deaths occurred in homes with …