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Wisconsin Fire Chief Pushes for Novelty Lighter Law

A Wisconsin fire chief is continuing to push for state restrictions on novelty lighters. Six years ago, a group of second-graders asked Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor to help get the law passed. In 2009, Londa Kuehn’s class at Pittsville …

Tennessee Fire Officials Warn Dried Out Christmas Trees Pose Fire Risk

State fire officials are reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees to keep them in water because of the fire risk posed if they dry out. Gary West is deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Fire Prevention …

Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories in Italy

The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This …

Fire Risk Prompts Riding Lawn Mower Recall

Nearly 1,900 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers are being recalled in the United States and Canada due to a fire risk. Shivvers Manufacturing Inc., the Corydon, Iowa-based company that makes the mowers, said it received four reports of the ignition …

Iowa Couple Sues Over Corn Stover Bales Fire Risk

A central Iowa couple have filed a lawsuit over the fire threat they say is posed by thousands of corn stover bales stored across a road from their home. The Des Moines Register says Burdell and Barbara Clark are suing …

1M Thermostats Recalled Due to Fire Risk

More than 1 million thermostats are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire. The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including ComfortSentry, DICO, Emerson, Frigidaire, Maytag, Nutone, …

Porsche 911 GT3 Owners Told to Stop Driving Them

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership …

Fires Prompt Recall of Toyota SUVs in Middle East

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it is recalling 13,000 FJ Cruiser sport-utility vehicles, mostly in the Middle East, for fuel tubes that may overheat, melt and set off a gas leak. The automaker said five fires have been reported related …

Gree Recalls Additional 350,000 Dehumidifiers

Gree Electric Appliances is recalling an additional 350,000 dehumidifiers because of a risk that they could overheat, smoke or catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 16 reports involving the humidifiers, including five reports of fires resulting in …

NHTSA Ends Jeep Fuel Tank Probe

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has “no reservations” with Chrysler Group’s plans to recall the vehicles. The agency …