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Insured losses top $1 billion in Northern California fires

Joseph Serna and Sonali Kohli and Makeda Easter Los Angeles Times (TNS) Deadly wildfires in Northern California have caused over $1 billion in insured losses, according to California’s insurance commissioner. Preliminary loss figures released Thursday by State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones estimate total insured losses at $1.045 billion. The insurers — eight of California’s largest [...]

October 20th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Salt Lake City firefighter sentenced for stealing over $130,000 from union

A former Salt Lake City firefighter who stole more than $130,000 as his union’s treasurer has been ordered to pay restitution and sentenced to a month in jail. Earlier this year, 40-year-old Joshua David Diamond pleaded guilty as charged in the 3rd District Court to second-degree felony counts of theft, unlawful dealing of property by [...]

October 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Man burns down trailer trying to kill spiders with blow torch

An Arizona man burned his trailer down after trying to kill spiders with a blowtorch. The Tucson Fire Department attempted to control the blaze for 11 minutes on Sunday night, utilizing 23 firefighters in the endeavor. A woman sustained minor injuries while being rescued from the home, though no other injuries were reported. According to [...]

October 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Naked man arrested for starting 2-acre grass fire

Lucas Clark The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (TNS) A 49-year-old man was arrested Monday night in connection with a 2-acre grass fire in rural Arroyo Grande near Talley Farms Fresh Harvest. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Zach Nichols said Ezequiel Cisneros was naked when authorities found him “in the fire area” off Lopez Drive about [...]

October 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Couple escapes wild fire by hiding in a pool

A California couple escaped a deadly wildfire by hiding in their neighbor’s pool for six hours. Jan and John Pascoe remember being trapped as the Sonoma fires approached, threatening to engulf them in flames as they quickly realized they had no time to escape. Speaking with a 911 dispatcher in the midnight hours, Jan told [...]

October 13th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Black firefighters defend white recruit fired over watermelon incident

A Detroit probationary firefighter fired after bringing a watermelon to his new post is receiving a big show of support from several African-American firefighters on the department. 41-year-old Robert Pattinson was summarily fired after reportedly offending a few persons of color when he brought a watermelon to Engine 55, a gift for his fellow station [...]

October 12th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Brookhaven firefighter saves motorist from being hit by train

A Long Island area firefighter saved a stranded motorist before a passenger train slammed into her vehicle Tuesday night. “I think back on it now, it was like a Hollywood movie,” 30-year Brookhaven FD veteran Peter DiPinto Sr. said Wednesday morning. “The bells, the gates coming down.” Rear-ended by another vehicle and stranded on the [...]

October 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Suspect attacks EMT and steals ambulance leading to high-speed chase

Officers in California had to run down a patient who stole an ambulance with a pair of scissors and led them on a chase Wednesday morning. Officers responded to the call after an ambulance driver asked for help. According to the medical crew, the incident unfolded after a patient became belligerent and threatened an EMT [...]

October 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

At least 13 dead, over 1,500 structures lost in Northern California’s worst firestorm in history

Paige St. John, Phil Willon, Sonali Kohli , Dakota Smith and Alene Tchekmedyian Los Angeles Times (TNS) At least 10 people have died and at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed as more than 14 fires ravaged eight counties throughout Northern California on Monday, authorities said. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office [...]

October 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Impaired driver kills firefighter who was clearing debris from road

A 40-year-old North Carolina firefighter clearing debris from a roadway was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver around midnight on Monday. Burke County Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley was killed while his unit cleared debris from the road, about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte. North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers charged 58-year-old Randall Stewart -who [...]

October 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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