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Off-Site Backups, Planning Aid in Fire Recovery

It was early afternoon, the day after Thanksgiving in 2006, when Mark Nale walked into his den and saw the flames that – despite the family’s frantic efforts to put out – would destroy their Port Matilda, Pa., home. “It’s …

Oregon Wildfire Sparks Eruption Comparisons

People in Oregon covered their faces with scarves to keep choking ash from wildfires from filling their lungs and wiped the soot from windshields, similar to what long-time residents said they had to do in 1980 during the volcanic eruption …

Illinois Businesses Pick Up Pieces After Large Fire

When a Utica, Ill., neighborhood was recently hit by a large fire, a local restoration company responded quickly to restore multiple businesses. Dana Jennings, owner of Rainbow International of The Illinois Valley, said his team was called in as soon …

Unattended Torch Sets Tucson Townhomes on Fire

Authorities in Tucson, Ariz., say families living in three townhomes were displaced by a fire started by an unattended torch. Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says the torch set one unit’s back yard on fire Sunday and that the fire quickly …

Fire Burns 8 Buildings in Rock Island

Fire ripped through the heart of downtown Rock Island, Ill., early Saturday, destroying or damaging eight buildings. The fire in the western Illinois city began just after 4 a.m. Saturday in a vacant building that was scheduled to be demolished …

Fire Damages Oklahoma Middle School Campus

Officials suspect lightning sparked a fire that caused major damage to the middle school campus in Woodward, Okla. Monday’s fire damaged about a 60-square-foot portion of the north Woodward Middle School building. Interim Superintendent Kyle Reynolds says the fire burned …

Louisiana House Fire That Caused $15,000 Damage Deliberately Set

A fire at a home in Baton Rouge, La., caused $15,000 in damage and was determined to have been deliberately set. Curt Monte, of the Baton Rouge Fire Department, tells The Advocate that firefighters arrived on the scene at 2:01 …

Wisconsin Furniture Store Destroyed by Fire

Firefighters from at least seven departments responded to a blaze that’s destroyed a furniture store in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Slumberland Furniture at the Black Hawk Junction mall went up in flames Sunday night. Nearby businesses sustained smoke damage and …

Washington Marina Fire Destroys Seven Boats

A fast-moving fire that sent up a towering cloud of black smoke destroyed at least seven boats and damaged others Friday at a marina near this northwest Washington community. Six of the seven boats sank after the flames raced through …

Costly Recovery After Iowa Museum Fire

Officials at a Dubuque, Iowa, museum say it could cost more than $1 million and months of work to recover from a December fire that left extensive smoke and water damage. Fire damage was minimal during the Dec. 14 fire …