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October 31, 2015

Romanian nightclub fire kills over two dozen

Romanian nightclub fire kills over two dozen

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Officials said at least 27 people are dead and 155 injured after pyrotechnic effects used at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania reportedly malfunctioned yesterday, sparking a fire.

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The club was hosting an album launch party which attracted hundreds of attendees at the time of the fire. As of this morning, some people thought to be attending the nightclub were still unaccounted for.

A witness told local media that pyrotechnics used in the club ignited nearby objects. The Facebook page for the album launch event said “customized light show and pyrotechnic effects” were to be used at the scene.

A crush occurred as people flocked to exits in an attempt to flee from the nightclub. A witness interviewed by Reuters said “there was a stampede of people running out of the club.”

On the Facebook page for the album launch event, users who believed people they knew may have been attending the event posted questions asking about where their friends or family members were. Many victims of the fire did not carry any form of identification with them. The Government has set up a hotline for those whose friends or family members are believed to have been at the club.

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis said on Facebook he was “shocked and deeply saddened”((ro)) by the incident.


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August 31, 2015

Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia

Fire kills eleven at oil worker housing in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia

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A fire in the eastern Saudi city of Alkhobar tore through a housing complex for oil workers yesterday, killing eleven, according to civil officials.

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The Radium complex is rented by oil firm Aramco for their employees. According to nearby resident Mohammed Siddique the fire broke out early in the morning. Siddique says the building contains locals, as well as Westerners and Asians. The cause is unclear but the civil defence ministry tweeted “Cars and furniture caught fire in the basement of one of the towers”.

Over 200 people were injured. Firefighters scaled the burning tower on ladders, and helicopters were on-scene. Other towers in the complex were evacuated. Thick smoke from the blaze complicated rescue efforts.

Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser said the firm is “deeply saddened to learn of the fatalities and injuries. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families. Our immediate priority is to provide full support to those affected by this tragic incident.” Aramco, which produces and exports more crude oil than any competitor worldwide, say the fire is under investigation.



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August 26, 2015

Two weeks after blasts, dozens still missing in Tianjin, China

Two weeks after blasts, dozens still missing in Tianjin, China

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Resident captured the explosion on mobile phone as it happened on August 12.
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Two weeks after the industrial explosions at the Port of Tianjin in Tianjin, China, the death toll continues to rise, dozens of people remain missing or unaccounted for, and others are still hospitalized. The latest published figures are according to China Radio International: 135 dead, 38 missing, 582 currently hospitalized (of which 36 are listed as being in serious condition). At least 81 of the dead were firefighters.

The warehouse at the center of the explosions was operated by Tianjin Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. Police have detained top executives of the company, including CEO Yu Xuewei. Also among the detained is deputy chief executive Dong Shexuan, who happens to be the son of the former chief of police for the Port of Tianjin. In an interview with Xinhua, Yu and Dong admitted that they used their connections, known in China as guanxi to get “various fire safety, land, environmental and safety certifications,” turning the disaster into a corruption scandal.

In the interview, Dong Shexuan told Xinhua: “My guanxi are in police and fire. When we needed a fire inspection, I went to meet with officials at the Tianjin port fire squad. I gave them the files and soon they gave me the appraisal.” Furthermore, the official Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily reported that Rui Hai International did not have a license to work with dangerous chemicals. This prompted the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to investigate Yang Dongliang, head of the State Administration of Work Safety.

A different issue that is being investigated is the location of the warehouse. It was 560 meters from residential buildings, but regulations only require a distance from major transport hubs and public buildings, which is set at 1000 meters. In order to test for chemical contamination, authorities have placed small animals, such as rabbits, pigeions, and chickens in a “core” area of Tianjin to test for latent chemical effects.



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August 13, 2015

Huge explosions in Tianjin, China

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Huge explosions in Tianjin, China

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The Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that there have been two massive explosions within seconds of each other, at about 11:30 p.m. local time, in a warehouse in the port of Dongjiang in Tianjin, a city of 15 million, near Beijing, in north-east China.

At least thirteen people have been killed and between 250 and 400 people injured. Two firefighters are also believed to be missing at the scene. Mobile phone footage taken by locals shows a large fireball in the Binhai New Area of the city. The warehouse is thought to belong RuiHai Logistics, and may have been storing explosives.

The two blasts were significant enough to register approximately magnitude 2.3 and 2.9 on the seismic scale as reported by the China Earthquake Administration.



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February 1, 2015

Fire ravages large academic library in Moscow

Fire ravages large academic library in Moscow

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A fire Friday night and Saturday morning caused major damage to the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences in Moscow, Russia. It is among the nation’s largest academic libraries.

The fire began at 10p.m. local time on the third floor, damaging much of one wing. Russian Academy of Sciences boss Vladimir Fortov called it “a great loss to science”. He said around 15% of the library’s 14.2 million books and other documents are likely damaged.

Russia Today said 147 personnel battled the blaze with 38 vehicles. The emergency ministry puts the number of firefighters at over 200. The blaze left no injuries and was contained by around midnight.

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Thought to have escaped the fire are the library’s collection of rare and ancient Slavic manuscripts. Other documents housed include Russia’s largest repository of articles from the United Nations and UNESCO in particular, and UN precursor the League of Nations. Large numbers of other documents in old and modern languages from across Asia and Europe are on-site, as are reports from national legislatures. Parliamentary documents held include Italian documents from 1897, US documents from 1789, and UK documents from 1803.

Founded in 1918 and boasting 49,000 readers served by 330 staff, the library has lost around 2,000 square metres. The roof has partially collapsed. Arson has been ruled out with an official telling Ria Novosti an electrical fault is considered likely.



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December 9, 2014

Small plane crashes near Maryland airport, killing six

Small plane crashes near Maryland airport, killing six

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A small jet has crashed in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Montgomery County Airpark yesterday at about 10:45 a.m. local time (1545 UTC), causing a house fire. Officials said six people were killed in the accident — three in the plane and three on the ground.

Montgomery County’s fire chief said all three people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. According to reports, the plane broke apart. In all, a total of three houses were damaged, according to the fire chief. There were some residents in the damaged house who were not accounted for until about 4:30 p.m. when emergency personnel confirmed that three people inside the house were also killed. Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the plane wobble a couple hundred feet above the ground and do a barrel roll.

The plane, identified as an Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100, was apparently on approach to Montgomery County Airpark when it crashed. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane was in line with runway 14 at the airport. It was registered to an aviation company owned by one the victims, Michael Rosenberg — Sage Aviation LLC based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina — according to authorities.

Among those killed in were Rosenberg, president and CEO of clinical research firm Health Decisions; 36-year-old Marie Gemmell; and her two sons, Cole and Devon. Rosenberg has been identified as the pilot in a different crash in March 2010, but the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the cause of yesterday’s incident.



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September 26, 2014

Chicago air traffic facility evacuated for basement fire

Chicago air traffic facility evacuated for basement fire

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A Chicago, Illinois air traffic facility was evacuated early this morning due to a fire. The fire occurred in a telecommunications room in the basement. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all metropolitan Chicago flights and transferred airspace responsibilities to nearby facilities to accommodate affected air traffic.

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Authorities, including a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said they suspected an FAA contractor set the basement on fire, but did not believe him to be a terrorist. He was later hospitalized for a self-inflicted wound. Another employee was treated for smoke inhalation.

Flights already en-route to the Chicago metropolitan area were still allowed to either continue more slowly or divert to another unaffected airport. The FAA said passengers in the area and surrounding airports and possibly airports around the region, might experience flight delays or cancellations, causing long lines at airports, and encouraged them to check flight information with their carriers.

The incident is being investigated by the FAA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Aurora Police and Fire departments.



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March 12, 2014

Fire burns at Barangaroo construction site, Sydney, Australia

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A large fire has started at the Barangaroo construction site overlooking Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The construction company said fire broke out at about 2:10pm local time (0310 UTC) and appeared to have been caused by a welding accident in the basement of a building.

All site workers were evacuated without injury, according to Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer. Large clouds of smoke were continuing to pour out of the building, casting a thick pall of smoke over the city skyline. Some nearby buildings have also been evacuated, including the KPMG building and offices of the Macquarie Bank.

Firefighters reported concern about a tower crane overhanging the building basement site. There were fears that the crane could buckle due to the heat and collapse. Firefighters were working to keep the base of the crane cool, and the stability of the structure was being monitored with lasers.

The Western Distributor motorway was closed to traffic, and Sydney Harbour Bridge partly closed. There had been major disruptions in traffic and multiple roads in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) were gridlocked. People catching buses were advised to expect long delays.



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February 15, 2013

Teenager arrested over Dingwall, Scotland hostel fire

Teenager arrested over Dingwall, Scotland hostel fire

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In the Highlands of Scotland, the Northern Constabulary have arrested a 17-year-old male in relation to a fire at a hostel, reports said yesterday.

Eight fire vehicles with 45 fire workers were alerted to a fire at the Royal Hotel in the town of Dingwall at approximately 0300 UTC Monday. Numerous people had to be evacuated from the burning building.

The Northern Constabulary launched a joint investigation with the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service shortly after the fire. Police are expected to provide the procurator fiscal with a report on the incident.

The Royal Hotel, now a hostel for homeless persons, was formerly a hotel.



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January 13, 2013

Fires burn across eastern Australia amid summer heatwave

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Aerial view of fire at Copping/Forcett, Tasmania on January 4.
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One of many cloud to ground lightning strikes which resulted in a number of fires being started in the Riverina region of New South Wales on January 5.
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Oura fire viewed from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on January 7.
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S-64 Air-Crane departing Wagga Wagga Airport for firefighting operations in Yass, New South Wales on January 9.
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Despite earlier cooler weather, heatwave conditions are expected to resume in New South Wales, Australia. Local weather service forecasts expect temperatures to rise above 40°C (104°F), as-experienced earlier in the week. The percentage of uncontained fires jumped as high as 20%. On Friday, local fire authorities have declared total fire bans across Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Fire crews at the east coast of Australia are readying to battle an increased rate of bushfires during the weekend.

Uncontrolled fires have also been burning across the states of Tasmania, Victoria, and Queensland.

Extremely hot weather and strong winds played havoc with the fires early in the week. A minor change in the weather assisted crews on Thursday but the high temperatures are set to return on Friday and through the weekend.

Thirty devastating fires in Tasmania are now being controlled after burning 130 properties and 110,000 hectares of land throughout the past week.

In Victoria there are two significant fires being fought with several others now under control but concerns remain for the weekend with the temperature forecast to rise to 42°C in the north of the state.

Queensland firefighters continued to battle fires north of of the capital Brisbane on Bribie Island, with at least 22 fires still burning throughout the state.

New South Wales has 120 fires burning as of Friday with 370,000 hectares of land, 10,000 livestock and one property already destroyed.

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—Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service, Rob Rogers

Deputy Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Rob Rogers briefed reporters on the bushfires at the Rural Fire Service Headquarters on Friday.

“They are very large, all either in excess or very close to 10,000 hectares (and) in some cases 100 kilometres of fireline. That’s an awful lot of fireline for firefighters to monitor and obviously that’s going to be troubling over today and particularly tomorrow when it will be even hotter.”

One fire at Dean’s Gap in New South Wales had authorities concerned due to its proximity to an old military range that contains unexploded ordinances at Tianjara plateau. Firefighters have used earth moving equipment to create containment lines and specialised gel to protect the range.



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