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Hawaii’s Maui Island Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Thousands of residents and visitors on Hawaii’s Maui Island were ordered to evacuate two communities on Thursday as a spreading wildfire sent smoke billowing high into the sky, officials and local media said. The 3,000 acre brush fire in Maui’s …

‘Like the World was Ending’: Shopping Plaza Blast Injures 21

PLANTATION, Fla. — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a …

Burnout in Firefighters Linked to Sleep Issues, Mental Health Concerns

Firefighters who feel burned out often experience sleep issues, which also increases their risk of emotional fatigue, exhaustion and health problems, researchers say. Nearly half of U.S. firefighters are likely experiencing burnout and associated health problems, the study authors report …

Crime App Citizen Draws 1 Million New Yorkers and Some Controversy

One afternoon in late October 2017, hundreds of students from the elite Avenues private school in Manhattan were loaded onto buses, ready to head home. Suddenly, school principal Abby Brody got a disturbing smartphone alert. The crime-tracking app Citizen buzzed …

‘Miracle’: Plane Crashes into Florida River, but No Deaths

A charter plane carrying 143 people from the U.S. military base in Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river off the end of a runway Friday night, and while some passengers were hospitalized, no critical injuries or deaths …

Three Thought Dead After Silicon Plant Explosion in Illinois

AUKEGAN, Ill.–Three people missing after an overnight explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant are believed dead, authorities said Saturday. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said crews suspended their search for three employees due to concerns about the stability …

Coffee Shop Owner was Told to Leave Before Blast

About the photo: Charred remains are piled in a heap of rubble on Thursday in Durham, N.C., the day after an explosion and building fire caused by a gas leak killed one person and injured more than two dozen, including …

Firefighters at Houston Chemical Disaster Scrambled for Foam

Firefighters confronted with the worst Gulf Coast industrial disaster in 14 years had to call on outside sources to augment their supply of the special foam required to extinguish chemical blazes. Intercontinental Terminal Co. confirmed it appealed to other companies …

Fiery Houston-Area Tank Farm One of Scores Dotting Gulf Coast

A fire at a Houston-area petroleum and chemical storage complex darkened the skyline this week. Thick plumes of black smoke and the release of chemicals led to the shutdown of schools, businesses and roadways. Even though the fire at the …

Chemical Fire Timeline Abandoned as Plume Towers Over Houston

As a towering plume of black smoke billowed a mile above Houston for a third day, local officials said they don’t know how long the petrochemical blaze that sent orange fireballs into the sky will continue. Five tanks holding gasoline …