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Authorities say 5 children die in Alaska trailer-home fire

September 7, 2017 / Mark Thiessen / Associated Press PALMER, Alaska (AP) - Five children - all believed to be girls between 3 and 12 - died Thursday in a trailer fire in suburban Anchorage, Alaska, authorities said. The bodies will be sent to the city for autopsies and positive identification. Officials were not releasing much information. A fire m...
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Hundreds of people attend memorial in Santa Maria for fallen firefighter / September 6, 2017   The Pacific Christian Center in Santa Maria was filled with mourners Wednesday morning celebrating the life of Los Padres National Forest Battalion Chief Gary Helming.  Helming died in a car crash on August 31 while returning home from an assignment at the Railroad Fire. Firefighters from across the state at...
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Man shocked, burned by downed wires in Santa Barbara / September 5, 2017   A man was hospitalized with second-degree burns after being shocked by downed wires along a Santa Barbara street overnight, fire officials say. The Santa Barbara City Fire Department says crews were dispatched to the area of San Pascual and Sutton Avenue at about 12:11 a.m. Tuesday to reports of a tree fire. When...
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6 Structures destroyed, evacuations ordered after fire erupts in Weber Canyon

September 5, 2017 / Carter Williams /   UINTAH, Weber County (Utah)— At least six structures, including multiple homes, have been destroyed and mandatory evacuations have been ordered after a brush fire erupted in Weber Canyon Tuesday morning, authorities said. In addition to the homes, many other structures were being threatened,...
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300K Chickens perish in Tooele County egg farm fire / Ashley Stilson & Ami Joi O'Donoghue / September 5, 2017 ERDA, Tooele County — More than 300,000 chickens died in a massive fire at the Fassio Egg Farms on Tuesday morning. A maintenance employee spotted flames inside a chicken coop around 7:30 a.m., according to Corby Larsen, vice president of operations at the farm. The fire quickly ...
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Man dies after rushing into Burning Man festival flames

September 4, 2017 / Sally Ho / Associated Press   A man rushed past layers of security officers into a massive fire at the Burning Man festival's signature ceremony, suffering burns that left him dead just hours later.  Authorities are investigating the death of Aaron Joel Mitchell, 41, who broke through a two-layer security perimeter dur...
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