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Report: Unsecured hatch caused gas to spill in 2023 fire that led to deadly I-95 collapse in Philadelphia

VIDEOS/PHOTO: Gasoline spilled out from an unsecured hatch on the top of the gasoline delivery tanker that overturned and ignited beneath an Interstate 95 bridge in Philadelphia a year ago, according to new details from federal investigators. Video evidence obtained by investigators shows the cover to the 16-inch "manhole" was open when driver Nathan Moody arrived at a Wilmington, Delaware, terminal to refill the tank and it was still not properly secured when he drove away to deliver it to a convenience store in Philadelphia, about 42 miles (68 kilometers) away.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Lifesaving drowning assist robots tested along Lake Michigan

VIDEO/PHOTOS: An inspiring story of innovation and technology — two of the E.M.I.L.Y. devices, a revolutionary life-saving drone, have been donated to both Silver Beach and New Buffalo. The new technology was unveiled Monday afternoon in St. Joseph. Beach staff from both St. Joe and New Buffalo, along with other emergency responders, are training with the new drone.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWMT-TV CBS 3 Kalamazoo

How fires in Massachusetts triple-deckers spread so fast - and are hard to put out

PHOTOS: While two triple-decker house fires left dozens displaced and two people dead, houses of this design do not make up the majority of the state’s residential fires, the State Fire Marshal’s office told MassLive. Triple-decker homes were originally built for factory workers and have been a common form of housing for over a century, GBH reported in 2022.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Republican - MassLive

Study Shows Increased Rates of Dementia in 9/11 Responders with More Exposure to Toxins

Evidence that Word Trade Center (WTC) responders during 9/11 and its aftermath have since suffered poorer brain health than others not exposed to WTC toxins has mounted in recent years. A new study led by Stony Brook University researchers that evaluates more than 5,000 WTC responders indicates that those who had more exposures to WTC-related toxins have dementia at a higher rate than other responders with fewer WTC-related toxic exposures.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stony Brook University News

VIDEOS: Texas recycling plant fire expected to burn for days

A recycling business in Kilgore was burning Wednesday night. Kilgore, Sabine, and White Oak fire departments were working to extinguish a structure fire at Rivers Recycling. The facility is located at 298 FM 1252 West in Kilgore. Kilgore Fire Marshal Ryan Riley says dispatch received the call reporting a structure fire just before 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler

Video shows man punching Los Angeles fire truck during response to car crash

VIDEO: Firefighters in South Los Angeles said they had to physically fight a man off after he attacked a fire truck in a caught-on-camera confrontation. A Station 16 fire truck was on its way to respond to a crash when the man suddenly climbed aboard the fire engine. “We were literally responding to a traffic collision and this guy just came out of nowhere, jumped in front of the engine and just started punching it,” said Andrew Chaing, a firefighter/paramedic who was in the truck at the time of the incident.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Blazing Creativity: Meet the Seattle firefighter who designs custom fire patches

PHOTOS: Seattle firefighter Denny Kimball has found a passion that ignites his creativity and inspires station solidarity. The veteran firefighter uses his artistic talent to create patches for fire stations, from an homage to Jimi Hendrix to a Green Lake swamp creature. Kimball's unique patch designs reflect the gritty and heroic nature of firefighting.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Refined

Sandy Hook survivors will graduate high school today and remember the classmates they lost in 1st grade massacre

High school seniors Emma Ehrens and Grace Fischer will hear their names read out today as they are called to collect their diplomas and start the next chapter of their lives. But they are also steeling themselves to hear 20 other names of former classmates who never got to leave first grade, let alone plan for college and grow into adulthood.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

The new century brought great change for the Utica Fire Department in New York

PHOTOS: The Utica Fire Department is celebrating their 150th anniversary this month and Deputy Fire Chief John R. Kelly recently took the Daily Sentinel on a trip down memory lane. Kelly said the early 1900s saw great change to the fire service and the world because of the invention of the motor vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rome Sentinel - Metered Site

Lightning likely caused fire, massive hole in roof of 11,000 square-foot mansion in Florida

VIDEOS: A fire that crews believe was caused by lightning left a large hole in a mansion located in western Delray Beach on Tuesday. According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, units were dispatched to the 10000 block of El Paraiso Place at about 12:19 p.m. WPTV crews at the scene spotted multiple firetrucks at the entrance to the Tierra Del Rey Estates South community.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTV NBC 5 West Palm Beach

Hurricane experts push forward with aggressive forecast despite slow start to season

VIDEO: The Atlantic hurricane season is still forecast to be extremely active this year despite a quiet start so far, according to the latest outlook released Tuesday by researchers at Colorado State University (CSU), where seasonal forecasts were pioneered 40 years ago. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a senior research scientist at CSU, and his team are maintaining their original forecast from April that calls for 23 named storms, of which 11 would become hurricanes.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX Weather

VIDEO: Suspect who allegedly shot man, started massive fire at Florida apartment complex in custody

PHOTOS: A suspect believed to have shot a man at a downtown Miami apartment complex and ignited a 3-alarm fire that engulfed the building has been taken into custody, authorities said Monday evening. Miami Police confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting and fire at the Temple Court Apartments as 73-year-old Juan Francisco Figueroa.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

New Hampshire firefighters use music to destress from trauma of job

VIDEO: When Exeter Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Greene took up the fiddle five years ago, his vow to practice every day meant he would need to play during downtime between emergency calls on his 24-hour shifts. But what started as a passion for the violin quickly became a therapeutic experience on a challenging job that regularly involves witnessing trauma and responding to tragedy.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

Retired Los Angeles Firefighter Brian Cummings: The Secret Sauce Behind Six Seasons of TV's ‘Station 19’

Brian Cummings, a retired former Los Angeles fire chief, joined Station 19 as the fire technical adviser, not entirely knowing what he would be doing on a day-to-day basis. But that didn’t really matter. When the opportunity arose, his wife, Mallory Lewis, said take it. Perhaps that was because, in a way that feels fated, Cummings’ career trajectory was eerily similar to Station 19’s Captain Andy Herrera’s.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Shondaland

VIDEO: Fire damages 15 boats at Las Vegas Boat Harbor on Lake Mead

PHOTOS: About 15 boats were damaged or destroyed after an early morning fire at Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead. According to the National Park Service, the fire started around 12:30 a.m. and was contained by 3:30 a.m. As of Sunday evening, authorities were still investigating what caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas

Georgia fire training lieutenant appears as contestant on Pat Sajak’s final episode of ‘Wheel of Fortune’

VIDEO: Pat Sajak, the host of one of the most popular television game shows, is retiring after 41 years, and this end of an era comes with a local connection. Nino Toro, an Augusta Fire Training lieutenant for the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, is a contestant on Sajak’s final episode as the host.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta

Back-to-back shark bite incidents cause Florida county to close waters

The waters off Walton County, Florida, closed after back-to-back shark bite incidents Friday. Both incidents occurred in Walton County — which is in the Florida Panhandle — and not near a boat, but officials are unclear how far the attacks happened from land, said Mackenzie McClintock, a spokesperson for the South Walton Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

VIDEO: Indiana auto repair shop destroyed by fire; cause under investigation

A Clarksville auto shop was destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon, according to fire officials. Clarksville Fire Chief Brandon Skaggs said crews were called around 2:45 p.m. to Appeleaf Lane about a structure fire. A witness on the scene said the building was an auto repair shop. Skaggs said firefighters arrived in about 5 minutes, and the building was fully engulfed, with flames going through every window and door.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLKY-TV CBS 32 Louisville

Delaware firefighters trying new campaign to attract new volunteers

Tom DiCristofaro first started helping the Claymont Fire Company in 1974, and knows just how valuable Delaware's network of fire stations can be when a blaze begins. "Most people wouldn't care what the name on the side is, what color it is, as long as it showed up 30 seconds ago, that's all they really care about.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL-AM 1150 Wilmington

New York City’s Hook & Ladder 8 receives a slight refresh ahead of annual Ghostbusters Day celebration

PHOTOS: This Saturday, fans from around the world will converge at New York City’s Hook & Ladder 8 Firehouse to celebrate Ghostbusters Day, but before Tribeca is overrun with unlicensed nuclear accelerators and replica Ecto-1s, a bit of maintenance was due. In today’s update, the famed film location, which doubles as the big-screen headquarters of the Ghostbusters, received a slight exterior refresh as the unique no-ghost logos that adorn the sidewalk were touched up, making the bucket-list-worthy location even more perfect for photo-ops.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ghostbusters News

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