Mayday called at New Hampshire apartment fire; 3 firefighters trapped on second floor
A two-alarm fire spread quickly through an apartment building Tuesday night, leaving nine people homeless and the building condemned, according to the fire chief.
No one was hurt, but at one point, three firefighters were surrounded by flames on the second floor of the home, prompting one of them to declare a "Mayday," a call for help that firefighters make only when they feel their lives are in imminent danger.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Union Leader
Federal investigators pledge to find cause of South Carolina church fire; seventh church to burn
Federal authorities said this morning they plan to â€śbring all resources to bearâ€ť to find the cause of a fire that destroyed a historically black S.C. church in rural Greeleyville Tuesday night,
Craig Chilcott, a senior agent with the ATF in South Carolina, said the investigation is ongoing, there is no timetable for its completion and no cause has been ruled out.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charleston Post & Courier
Florida fire department threatens to sue county over funding
One of Pinellas County's 18 fire departments is threatening to sue the county over years of cuts in the emergency medical services budget. Over a three-year period at the beginning of the recession, county officials cut about $1.8 million in EMS funding from the budget of Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times
Man allegedly impersonating a firefighter is arrested near California's Lake fire
A 44-year-old man impersonating a firefighter has been arrested after he claimed to be looking for a fire crew battling the Lake fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities said Tuesday. David Anthony Battle was arrested Saturday at the Lake fire incident command center, where firefighters gather to share information about the blaze and distribute equipment, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Arizona man receives NFPA award for invention of home smoke alarm
The next time your home smoke alarms start chirping in the middle of the night, you can curse Green Valley resident Lyman Blackwell.
And when they go off for real and save your life, you can thank him.
Lyman, 91, was recently awarded the inaugural Philip J. DiNenno Prize by the National Fire Protection Association for his work in developing â€śthe affordable home smoke alarm.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson.com
Yarnell families reach $600K settlement with state
It has been two years since the tragedy at Yarnell Hill â€“ 19 Arizona firefighters died battling that blaze on June 30, 2013.
On Monday, the families of 12 of those firefighters announced they've reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the state. The 12 families in the suit will each receive $50,000 for their loss.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: tucson news now
Historic Oregon Stadium goes up in flames
A spectacular fire destroyed Eugene's historic Civic Stadium on Monday evening and prompted the temporary evacuation of a two-block area, the fire chief said.
Fire crews found flames shooting twice the height of the structure when they were called to the stadium at about 5:30 p.m., police spokesman John Hankemeier said.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kgw.com