Bus fire kills 2, injures 4 in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — Two people are dead and four others are injured after a fire tore through a minibus following a collision in Las Vegas.

Fire officials say the accident happened around 7 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of South Main Street and Charleston Boulevard.

They say a burning minibus was found lying on its side on the sidewalk and a car was in the middle of the intersection.

Several firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the bus was a total loss.

According to police Lt. Jeff Goodwin, two people on the bus died at the scene. Two other passengers as well as two from the car have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are on the scene investigating.

The intersection is expected to remain closed for several hours.

Firefighter, EMT stabbed at Boyle Heights hospital

A Los Angeles City firefighter and an emergency medical technician were stabbed by a patient while tending to another patient at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights.

According to investigators, the LAFD EMT and two hospital EMTs were aiding a patient in the hospital’s emergency room around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

That’s when another patient, already in the hospital for a mental health evaluation, suddenly pulled a knife and stabbed the firefighter and one of the hospital EMTs.

The firefighter was stabbed in the arm. He was transported to a different hospital in fair condition. According to the LAFD, he remained hospitalized as of Thursday morning and was set to undergo surgery.

One of the hospital EMTs was stabbed in the bicep and the other only suffered scratches in the scuffle.

All three injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.

According to a statement released by the hospital, the suspect was quickly subdued by other workers in the ER.

The man was then arrested by Los Angeles police and booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon on a firefighter.

He was later identified by LAPD as 46-year-old Christopher Clay. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

OREGON WILDFIRES: Campfires, open flames ban continues this week


The statewide state park ban on open flames will continue for another week, according to a release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

While temperatures have moderated in some areas and a little rain has fallen, especially on the Willamette Valley and coast, conditions have not improved enough to warrant relaxing the restriction. Fire crews are still heavily engaged in combating blazes in Central and Eastern Oregon, and resources in many local communities are stretched thin.

Fires are not allowed on properties owned and managed by the department, including the ocean shores. The ban includes but is not limited to fire pits, tiki torches and candles.

Propane stoves for cooking and charcoal briquettes for cooking are not covered by the statewide ban, but some parks have more restrictive bans in place that do cover briquettes.

Before traveling, visitors should verify what’s allowed at their destination by calling the park, calling the state park toll-free information line at 800-551-6949 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), or looking up the park online at http://oregonstateparks.org/

The restriction will be reviewed again next week.

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