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VIDEOS: Fire burns through under construction neighborhood in Phoenix

A fire burned through several units of an under construction housing development overnight on Sunday. The Phoenix Fire Department responded to multiple homes burning at 59th Avenue and Baseline Road around 11:30 p.m. Flames could be seen from the Loop 202. At least 75 firefighters responded to control the blaze, which was upgraded to a second-alarm at one point during the night.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Rare fire truck once used by Minnesota fire department found in New Mexico

VIDEO/PHOTO: A piece of Minnesota firefighting history is sending some retired volunteers down memory lane. A collector from New Mexico posted on Facebook last week that he bought an old fire truck and, after tracing some of its history, discovered it belonged to Bloomington beginning in the 1950s. Fred Fuecker, a 23-year volunteer firefighter, says he served on the truck in 1968.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Solar eclipse: Researchers warn about increased risk of deadly crashes during spectacle

The increased traffic and spectacle of the total solar eclipse on Monday could imperil motorists, with researchers warning that fatal collisions increased during previous eclipses and law enforcement bracing for the event. There was a 31% increase in fatal traffic accidents during the 2017 total eclipse – and even in the days before and after the astrological event – according to a letter published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal this week.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

VIDEO: Dramatic fire erupts at commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Fashion District

A dramatic and stubborn fire erupted at a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles, prompting an early morning response from firefighters. The blaze began shortly before 5:30 a.m. at a single-story structure in the 1400 block of South Main Street. Firefighters arrived at the scene and were initially in defensive mode as massive flames and smoke emanated from the roof of the building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania launches reimbursement program

VIDEO: Most volunteer firefighters have a full-time job that doesn’t involve putting out fires. But when a call comes in, they step away from work to respond. Now, a newly established program with the Southmont Volunteer Fire Company will reimburse them for every incident they respond to. “So volunteers are unpaid, of course.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV CBS 10 Altoona

Traffic deaths topped 40,000 last year as NHTSA looks to reduce distracted driving

More than 40,000 people were killed last year in traffic crashes, according to preliminary data released Monday, remaining above pre-pandemic levels but slightly down from their peak in 2021. The new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adds to concerns that little is being done to address one of the most common causes of preventable deaths.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

VIDEO: Crews battle fire at vacant Minnesota apartment building

Minneapolis crews are battling a fire at a vacant apartment building early Thursday morning. The fire started just before midnight at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and 19th Street, just south of downtown. Firefighters say flames were burning from the top floor of the boarded-up building. Crews tried to put out the fire from inside, but they had to get out when the top floor started to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis

New York fire department’s antique vehicles treated royally

PHOTOS: Larry Lechmanski opened the door and there the four beauties posed, shining, immaculate, waiting for their next public event. Four Shelter Island Fire Department vehicles, ranging in years from 1929 to 1964, were right at home in the Cobbetts Lane Firehouse, the brick structure built into the side of the hill and known as the Potato House, from the time it was used to store harvested potatoes, once a profitable cash crop for the Island.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Shelter Island Reporter - Metered Site

VIDEOS: A look back at the massive fire that tore through a Pennsylvania warehouse one year ago

Thursday marks one year since the massive warehouse fire in West Easton. We'd be hard pressed to find someone in the Easton area who doesn't remember this day last year. You either were far enough away to just see the smoke, or you were close enough where you could smell it. Some had soot and ash falling on your cars and homes.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg announces new rule to bolster rail safety nationwide

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a new rule on Tuesday requiring two-person crews on railroads in a move to bolster safety as rail regulation has come into the spotlight after the East Palestine, Ohio, derailment last year. "This is a good day for the safety of rail workers, rail passengers and every American who lives near a rail line all across this country because America's rails are safer today than they were yesterday," Buttigieg said at a news conference on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEO: Three people hospitalized in big Washington house fire

Three people are in the hospital after a massive house fire in Federal Way. Video shot by a KIRO 7 photographer shows the house fully engulfed in flames. South King Fire tells KIRO 7 the fire started around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon off 4th Avenue SW and 371st. The conditions of the three people who were hospitalized are not known.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Ohio volunteer fire station sustains significant damage during storm

VIDEO: The Proctorville Volunteer Fire Department’s station sustained extensive damage in Tuesday’s storms. According to our crew at the scene, a rear block wall collapsed along with part of the roof. Despite that damage, the department’s main fleet of vehicles didn’t sustain damage. Proctorville firefighters told us they have had help from the Chesapeake and Rome Township volunteer fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington

‘Yes, There is Hope’: Documentary featuring California firefighters focuses on mental health awareness

“When I started we had a kind of a tradition that you sent the new guy in, or new girl in, to do all the dirty work, or all the unfavorable work, so to speak,” Brian Thompson with the Sutter County Fire Department says in a scene from the new documentary “Yes, There is Hope” directed by Dean Tokuno of Yuba City.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Appeal Democrat - Metered Site

1 dead, child injured in massive fire in East Boston

VIDEO/PHOTOS: One person died and a child was injured in a massive fire that impacted multiple buildings in East Boston early Tuesday morning. The fire started around 5 a.m. in a multi-family building on Meridian Street and traveled to two adjacent buildings, the Boston Fire Department said. Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Burke said one person died in the fire, and a child was injured and remains hospitalized.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

Illinois fire department recruitment changes pay off with a dozen new hires

VIDEO: Thirteen men and women started a new career in Bloomington on Monday after changes in application requirements allowed them to follow their dreams. In October, the Bloomington Fire Department eliminated the requirement for potential hires to be paramedic-certified before joining the team. Instead, future first responders will learn everything they need to know through the department.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEEK-TV NBC/ABC/CW+ 25 Peoria

Wisconsin EMS chief moonlights as Wendy’s pitchman

On any given day, residents across Portage County might see Assistant EMS Chief Joe Gemza from the Stevens Point Fire Department on the front lines of local emergencies. But they also might recognize him from a popular Wendy’s commercial. Under the moniker “Tyler” of the goofy pitchmen pair Tyler and Toby, Gemza has been selling junior bacon cheeseburgers and chocolate Frostys to anyone who’ll listen for over a year.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Point-Plover Metro Wire

VIDEOS: Massive fire rips through apartment complex in California

PHOTOS: A massive fire ripped through an apartment building in Lomita on Saturday, causing the second floor to collapse as huge flames damaged the entire structure. Firefighters were dispatched to battle the fire, located at the Vista Verde Condominium complex in the 2000 bock of Palos Verdes Drive, at around 6:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

Man charged with DUI after hitting Virginia fire truck, injuring himself and 3 others, including 2 firefighters

PHOTOS: A man has been hit with several charges, including DUI, after crashing into a Chesterfield fire truck that was responding to another emergency on Interstate 95 Saturday night. Four people were injured in the crash, including two firefighters. According to Chesterfield Fire & EMS, just before 10:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Petersburg

Officials: Armed man that delayed firefighters taken into custody after massive Ohio house fire

VIDEO: A man has been taken into custody after a massive fire that destroyed a house in Hamilton Township on Friday afternoon. According to the Hamilton Township fire chief, crews were dispatched to a fire and a man with a gun in the 800 block of Sunrise Ridge Court around 2 p.m. The man proceeded to have a standoff with police for around an hour before firefighters could begin to knock down the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati

45 years later: Looking back at the partial meltdown of Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear reactor

PHOTOS: Forty-five years ago, Central Pennsylvania suffered a historic tragedy when one of the nuclear reactors at Three Mile Island experienced a partial meltdown. The accident, which occurred at the Generating Station along the Susquehanna River on March 28, 1979, went down in history as the most serious nuclear power plant accident in United States history.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW 21 Harrisburg


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