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Bus fire kills 2, injures 4 in Vegas

NBC News

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

The restriction will be reviewed again next week.

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Fire Pals teach, entertain students

Cal Fire engineer Chelsye Jenkins sings and dances during the North Valley Fire PALS program at Paradise Intermediate School. (Nick Baker/Paradise Post)

Dispatch Dora, Johnny B. Cool and Sergeant Safety were a few who taught more than 100 kindergarten through sixth grade charter school and home-school children about safety Wednesday morning at Paradise Intermediate School.

A collaboration of Butte County firefighters, Cal-Fire firefighters, Butte County sheriffs, Butte County Public Health officials, Paradise firefighters and paramedics mixed together to form the North Valley Fire PALS, Cal-Fire Information Officer Janet Upton said.
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Five firefighters injured in blaze

Firefighters Michele McCutchen, Simeon Hammett and Capt. Tom Geisler, all from Baltimore City Engine 30, rest after helping to fight a four-alarm fire that engulfed two 11-unit apartment buildings in the Queens Ridge Apartment Complex in the Woodlawn area. Five other firefighters were injured. (Sun photo by Amy Davis / March 3, 2008)
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A four-alarm blaze in the Woodlawn area yesterday afternoon destroyed two apartment buildings in a residential neighborhood and sent five firefighters to the hospital with heat exhaustion, burns and other minor injuries, Baltimore County fire officials said.
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New Technique Could Save More Firefighters’ Lives

DENVER (CBS4) ― More people die in house fires than wildfires. More than 80 percent of fire fatalities happen in homes and there is no place more dangerous than the basement. The stairs create a chimney effect making it tough just to get down there … too often, firefighters don’t come out a live. North Metro Fire hopes a new rescue technique will change the odds.

While North Metro Fire Rescue was training for basement rescues, a basement floor collapsed under a firefighter in Westminster, trapping him in a burning crawl space.

“My heart dropped. It hit the floor,” said Derik Minard, Westminster Fire Battalion Chief. “It was an immediate, we have to rescue one of our own, situation.”
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration in L.A.

By Brian Humphry, LAFD Spokesman

The Los Angeles St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pershing Square Celebration are family oriented events in the heart of Downtown promoting community spirit and civic pride.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join them on Monday, March 17, 2008.

The Parade will begin at 11:30 AM on Main Street and Arcadia Street, traveling south on Main Street to pass City Hall. The parade continues south on Main Street to 5th Street, where it will turn west to end at Hill Street, near Pershing Square.


Rescue team works to save fall victims

RUNNING SPRINGS – Rescuers worked Tuesday night to free at least three people and a firefighter who fell several hundred feet down an ice chute and into a creek.

The people had been near Hunsaker Drive and Encina Way and fell some 200 to 300 feet, said Tracey Martinez, San Bernardino County fire spokeswoman.

One person was able to climb to the top, get to a nearby home and call for help, Martinez said.

The call came into county dispatchers about 6 p.m.

Fire supervisor Jaime Vilches said the person called authorities about a half-hour after the group fell into the creek.

A county fire Heavy Technical Rescue Unit and sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene.

A firefighter had tried to climb down to the stranded hikers, but fell about 100 feet and was injured, Martinez said.

“We’re not sure how bad the injury is, but we know it’s not life threatening,” Martinez said.

By Gina Tenorio

Train Derails, Spills Acids in SoCal’s Riverside County

MECCA, California, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – A Union Pacific train carrying hazardous materials derailed while crossing the southern California desert last night, sending up a plume of fumes and smoke and forcing evacuations, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. An undetermined amount of hydrochloric acid and phosphoric acid was spilled at the scene.

Photo Courtesy of Riverside County Fire

Fire officials say 28 cars derailed two miles north of Mecca, a farming community of 3,000 people. A total of 40 residents were evacuated from the general area as a precaution. No injuries have been reported.

Sixteen fire engines and a helicopter converged at the scene of the derailment to extinguish the blaze, which was reported about nine o’clock last night.
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Safety Efforts Mark 5th Anniversary of Nightclub Fire

Five years ago on Feb. 20, 2003, pyrotechnics lit during a concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., started a rapidly spreading fire that caused the deaths of 100 people. Within a week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a two-year investigation of the tragic event to understand exactly what happened and to make recommendations for change based on those findings.

NIST’s final report on the fire, released June 29, 2005, made 10 recommendations for increased occupant safety in nightclubs (For the complete list, see “Recommendations–NIST Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire”.)
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