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UP IN SMOKE: Fire douses family's business dream Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 4:00 am UP IN SMOKE: Fire douses family's business dream By Y.C. Orozco Houston

It took two years to build, and only about 10 minutes to watch it burn."It happened super fast," said George Alanis, the owner of Allendale Tire Shop at Allendale and Peachwood. The Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department was washing down as Alanis and his brother watched. It was a business fire on Saturday afternoon: nothing out of the ordinary for a business fire and it will likely be ruled an electrical fire. But to brothers George and Jose Alanis, it was like watching a dream dissolve. In business for only four months, Allendale Tire Shop was a chance for independence and security in a struggling economy."It took us a long time to get this together," said George. "All that hard work and money put into (it) and support from our family and now this happens. This was all our supplies." The shop lost about 90 percent of its product, 600 tires just delivered days before. The fire reached over a fence and caused minor damage to a house behind the business and the one saving grace for the brothers was that no one was hurt."We just kept knocking on the door, but nobody was there, thank God," he said. Tires can be replaced, and the supply area can be cleaned, but the brothers' livelihood has been cut in half. "This is how we eat, all our money is here, so we have to adapt, but man, when I was watching the fire I was thinking about my family, my kids," said George. "It's really hard right now to make money and to get something going." As he and his brother walked through the pile of soot and ash, the most dominating emotion for Jose Alanis was frustration. "This is all our money here and we just bought those 600 tires and that's all right there," he said. "We worked so hard at other jobs to get this money to start this business. You're barely starting and than this. Me, my two others brothers and our dad, we all put this together. But we aren't going to stop, we have families and we've got to keep working."The brothers expected those same family and friends to help them rebuild, Jose said. Picking up a frayed piece of a tire, George Alanis walked back and forth over the pile of burned rubber. "This is all that's left," he said, tossing it on the ground. "To be honest I really don't what we're going to do, I'm just in shock and hurt. But I guess it's like when you fall down and get back up and shake it off."

Electrical shortage ignites house fire - GREEN BAY - An electrical short caused a house fire Sunday morning on the city's west side, resulting in $15,000 in damage to the home. The Green Bay Fire Department arrived at 234 N. Oakland Ave. around 10:30 a.m. to respond to a call of smoke and flames coming from the two-story, two-family home. Firefighters extinguished the blaze after it spread from the second story to the attic. Residents home at the time of the fire evacuated, and no injuries were reported. - Press-Gazette

Electrical fire displaces Longview family Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 4:00 am

Electrical fire displaces Longview family From Staff Reports Longview News-Journal
A Longview family was displaced from their home Saturday night after a house fire that started in the attic of their home. According to Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, firefighters were dispatched to the home around 8:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Buccaneer Drive. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes. Zackary said when firefighters arrived, heavy flames and smoke were pouring out of the attic of the residence. Fire investigators determined the fire started from an electrical issue that occurred in the attic. About $20,000 worth of damage was caused to the home, and the family was displaced, he said. No injuries were reported, he said.

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Electrical fire sets home ablaze in Portland by WHAS11 Posted on June 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- A Portland family is staying with relatives tonight after their home caught fire Sunday morning at around 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of north 31st Street. Fire officials say a woman, man, and three children were inside the home when the fire started. They say it is the second electrical fire at the house within two years. No one was injured.

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UPDATE: Thousands Impacted by Fire that Destroyed Medical Building and Apartments - An early morning fire in Mingo County destroyed just one building, but its impact is spreading through the entire community. Posted: 9:08 AM Jun 19, 2011 Reporter: Cathleen Moxley, Kristen Schneider Email Address: UPDATE 1/19/2011 @ 7:55 PM

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An early morning fire in Mingo County destroyed just one building, but its impact is spreading through the entire community. It happened at about 1:45 Sunday morning in Red Jacket. Several families are now homeless, after the fire destroyed six apartments. The building also housed a doctor's office; leaving thousands of patients with nowhere to go, and all of their records destroyed. The fire marshal is investigating, but firefighters believe it was an electrical fire. Everyone made it out safely, and now the Red Cross is stepping in to help -- setting up at the local community center. The building is estimated to be about 100 years old, but the man who bought it in 1982 passed away 10 years ago. It was the biggest memory his family had of him.Now on Father's Day, his daughter is dealing with that loss and much more. "This was our apartment where we lived, where I was raised," Karen Biliter said. Biliter is now seeing much of her childhood reduce to ashes. "I heard screams and I came out on the porch to see what was going on and the smoke was coming out," she said. Biliter now lives behind the building that her father bought in the early '80s. When she stepped outside early Sunday morning, a man yelled out that his apartment was filled with smoke. "I met him on the steps and got his baby," Biliter said. "Then I went in and got my mother out and brought them over here." Biliter's mother still lived in the apartment as a way of hanging on to the memory of Biliter's father who passed away ten years ago. Rent from the other apartments was her only source of income. "Like home, it's like a part of home," Karen Hayes said. Hayes didn't actually live there, but she may as well have. She worked in the doctor's office for 17 years. The office located inside the building served thousands of patients. "People who are on blood pressure medicines and diabetes medicines; they're gonna have to go somewhere else and find somebody else and start all over," Hayes said. "It's hard to do that when you don't have records of where you've been before." All proof of patients' medical past was destroyed in the flames. Now, Biliter is just trying to get through Father's Day with countless memories now up in smoke. "It's heartbreaking," Biliter said. "It's like losing another piece of him." Biliter's family really isn't sure where to go from here as far as finding a way to make money. As far as the doctor's office goes, the doctor is out of town this weekend, but he told Hayes that as of right now there's no plan for how to deal with all the patients and all of those lost records. Hayes says this was one of only two family doctor offices in the area. "..."

The Tribune
Windsor firefighters extinguish basement fire

WINDSOR - Fire fighters put out a basement fire Saturday afternoon in a home at 913 Mesa Court - June 18-

Windsor Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff Dykstra said the fire started near an electrical outlet, although authorities do not yet know the direct cause for the blaze. Firefighters were called to the home at 1:10 p.m. by the smoke alarm company because residents were not there when the fire began. Authorities responded with three fire trucks and nine firefighters and battled the blaze for about 30 minutes before extinguishing it. There were no injuries reported. The fire was confined to one room in the basement, with surrounding rooms suffering smoke damage.

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Vacaville home catches fire, damage called minor By Melissa Murphy/ Posted: 06/18/2011 01:01:47 AM PDT

A warm and relaxing Friday afternoon was interrupted by sirens from fire trucks rushing to a fire at a Vacaville home. Rutherford Drive was blocked off at Alamo Drive and was busy with at least four engines, a truck and medic ambulance from the city of Vacaville which responded to the fire around 2:40 p.m. The Dixon and Fairfield fire departments also responded for station coverage. The Dixon engine later responded to the scene. Vacaville resident Wilbur Kibby has owned the home in the 100 Block of Rutherford Drive since 1980, but has since moved into a different house. Standing in front of the home Friday, he explained that his daughter and grandson were still living there. It was his 12-year-old grandson that went to check on clothes in the washer and noticed electrical wires on fire. Vacaville Battalion Chief Brian Moore said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but said there seemed to have been electrical issues. Moore said the fire was confined to the contents in the garage and caused minor structural damage. Looking at the heap of belongings in the front yard, Kibby said the firefighters were in the process of pulling everything out of the garage to make sure the fire was completely out. "There was no major damage inside," Kibby said. "The fire caught with the stuff in the garage." Kibby said his daughter was on the phone with his wife when they had to hang up so they could call for help. It was the sirens from the fire trucks that drew 16-year-old Jimmy Perry out of his backyard swimming pool and into his front yard. "I saw white smoke and flames in the garage," he said about the house across the street. Eager to help, it was hard for Perry to stand on the sidewalk and watch, he said. He is a volunteer firefighter in the Fire Explorer Program with the Fairfield and Vacaville departments.
"I'm glad no one was hurt," he said.

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Buses, building, equipment destroyed at St. Joseph-Ogden Fri, 06/17/2011 - 9:39am | Tim Mitchell

ST. JOSEPH - Fire investigators are leaning toward an electrical problem as the cause of an early-evening fire Thursday that destroyed the bus barn at St. Joseph-Ogden High School. No one was hurt, said school Superintendent Jim Acklin, but the fire did about $1 million in damage to the metal pole building and its contents. Firefighters were called to the bus barn in the 300 block of North Main Street, St. Joseph, about 6 p.m. "I saw smoke rolling out of the center portion where the concession stand area is," Acklin said. "At that point it was thick black smoke. In the next 50 minutes it went from a smoky mess to flames probably 40 to 50 feet in the air." Acklin said at least five buses, a driver's education car, two mowers, two tractors, a truck and assorted tools and equipment were lost. "We're suspecting an electrical issue," said Russell Chism, chief of the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District. Chism was joined by four other area fire investigators Friday morning in getting a closer look inside the remains of the metal pole building. "We're pulling conduit out to try to make an exact determination," added St. Joseph-Stanton Assistant Fire Chief Brian Buss.

100 workers evacuated by fire at GlaxoSmithKline facility - Published: Friday, June 17, 2011; Last Updated: Fri. Jun 17, 2011, 7:36am - By Phil Ellingsworth Jr.,

UPPER PROVIDENCE - Investigators are searching for what sparked a two-alarm electrical fire in the basement of GlaxoSmithKline's research facilities Thursday morning, prompting evacuation of approximately 100 employees and trapping one worker in an elevator. Emergency responders were dispatched to Building 9 at GSK's Upper Providence campus around 9:30 a.m. Sarah Alspach, director of external communications for GSK, said the electrical fire began in the processing area for the company's investigational supply chain, which looks at products in development, and was extinguished around 10:15 a.m. Immediately after the fire started, approximately 100 employees were evacuated from the area and electricity was terminated to Building 9, Alspach said. "No employees have been injured as a result of the fire," Alspach said. As a result of the electricity being turned off to the building, one employee became trapped in an elevator, but was rescued within a few minutes, she said. "He wasn't harmed," she said. Alspach said she does not know how long it will take for fire officials to determine a damage estimate or what sparked the blaze. "We do not yet know the extent of the damage or the cause of the fire," Alspach said. Upper Providence Township Fire Marshal Joshua Overholt reaffirmed Alspach's statements, saying the blaze started in the lower level of Building 9 in an electrical room and was contained to that same area..."..."

3-alarm fire destroys two houses in Harrison County community By Beverly Fortune -
Posted: 12:00am on Jun 16, 2011; Modified: 9:00am on Jun 16, 2011

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Wyatt Courtney, 5, who lives nearby, looked at the rubble caused by a three-alarm fire on Main Street in Berry. The fire, which started at 4:30 a.m., destroyed two houses and damaged two others. CHARLES BERTRAM. Two houses were destroyed, and a third house and a vacant restaurant building were heavily damaged in a three-alarm fire early Wednesday morning on Main Street in the tiny Harrison County community of Berry. Three fire departments - Berry, Cynthiana and Harrison County - responded to the fire, which was reported at 4:30 a.m. There were no injuries. Berry Fire Chief Orla Whitaker said the fire might have been caused by faulty electrical wiring...."..."


Electrical fire forces Preston Market part-evacuation 16 Jun 11 @ 03:22pm by Suzanne Robson

PRESTON Market buildings were evacuated today after an electrical fault caused its main market sign to catch on fire. Fire fighters evacuated shoppers from Aldi supermarket and parts of the Preston Market after the fault caused the sign to alight at about 1.30pm.Preston fire station officer Glen Martin said the fire was brought under control after the power was turned off. ``We had it out pretty fast - we were concerned about how far it could travel through the framework if it was still live,'' Mr Martin said. ``It looked bigger than it was.'' Mr Martin said the shoppers were able to return to their shopping once they had ensured the area was safe.

From ashes comes hope by Zach Markovic, Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:57 PM CDT

While some guardian angels are seen as winged heavenly creatures floating on white clouds, for a family in Rowlett their guardian angels were driving a car on their way home from a 7-Eleven at 2 in the morning. The electrical fire in the attic of Krystal Kimball and Billy Ewachiw's home sparked a blaze that would eventually consume their house in the 1800 block of Dalrock Road on the night of June 1. If it was not for Leslie Johnson and Michael Ruff, who just happened to be passing by, the family, whose two younger daughters were also asleep in the home, could have lost more than just their property. Ruff and Johnson were coming back from a late night run to 7-Eleven when something caught their eye as they rounded the corner on Dalrock. It was deep black smoke and the tip of some flames coming out of the roof of Kimball's home. "We knew something was wrong and stopped to get a closer look," Johnson said. As they pulled into the driveway they saw smoke start billowing out of the roof. That is when they noticed the cars parked by the house. "We pulled in to the driveway we saw there was cars there, so we knew there were people in there," Johnson said. She said the next eight minutes were the longest in her life as she and Ruff began banging on the doors and windows of the house trying to wake the occupants. Once Kimball and Ewachiw came out and realized what was happening Ewachiw went back into the burning house to get their two children. It was as they were coming out that the true seriousness of the situation came to bare. As the father carrying his children comes out of the house the building began to crumble and come down completely. "We put the girls in my car and drove them across the street and away from the house," Ruff said. "I had never been in the position before, I didn't know if someone was in there or not I just knew we had to make sure no one was." Johnson said she could not believe what she was seeing "My adrenaline is pumping and I am just asking repeatedly to make sure everyone is out the house," she said. As they waited across the street for emergency crews to get there, Johnson said it brought her back to a familiar place. She had been living with her grandmother when she had a house fire. Johnson said what a person learns from a fire is that while it hurts because of the loss of possessions, the important thing is no one is injured. "I felt their pain," she said. "I was living with my grandmother when she had a house fire. I kept telling Krystal 'yeah it hurts, but it is not the end of the world.'" The family has been in contact with Johnson since the fire and has expressed their heartfelt gratitude for what Ruff and she did for them. "Everything happens for a reason," Johnson said. "I don't feel like I did anything on my behalf that was noteworthy, I just wanted to make sure everyone was safe." Fortunately everyone was safe, but the house and their possessions were completely destroyed. The family is currently living with Krystal's mother Vickie Kimball. Vickie said thinking of the night still sends shivers down her spine. "My daughter called me as they were waiting for the fire department to come," Vickie said. "When I received the phone call she was hysterical and my first thought was for the babies. When we got there the whole block was lit up by emergency lights." It has been more than a week since the fire and Vickie said the family is just now getting over the shock of the event. She said the children seem to be adjusting and are doing well. She said Brinley, Krystal's 7-year-old daughter, had a good sized book collection lost in the fire that she is missing. But, she was most distraught when she thought she had lost her favorite quilt Vickie had knitted her. Fortunately the quilt was later found in the trunk of Krystal's car. "If it had not been for that couple, if they had not gotten them out when they did," Vickie said. "I just don't want to think about what could have happened. I feel like God put them there, everything just lined up." The family received a call from the Rowlett Fire Association and they offered to put the family up in a local hotel for three nights. The family ended up needing a fourth night in the hotel and was going to pay for it, but the association offered to pay for the fourth night. The family called Brinley's school, Keeley Elementary, and explained what had happened and why she was not in that day. Vickie said it was soon after their call the councilor of the school called them up and asked for the clothing sizes for the children. The next morning the school had several bags of clothes, toys and food for the entire family. "As bad as everything has been in the world you can find yourself getting cynical and then something like this happens," Vickie said. "And people from the community step up to support you. It really just reaffirms your faith in people. For those looking to make donations to the family an account has been set up at Bank of America. Donations can be deposited in this account number: 488034353426. For clothing, food and toy donations please contact Keeley Elementary.

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Whiskey Creek Country Club loses cart barn in fire Story Created: Jun 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM America/Chicago

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A fire started at around 6:30 pm Wednesday night inside the cart barn at Whiskey Creek Country Club. Neighbors first smelled the smoke and called 911. last night there was speculation the fire was caused by a grill...We have since learned that is not true. It's an electrical fire... Investigators were on scene all morning long...sifting through the ash-- trying to piece together what happened. we know thirty six golf carts were destroyed. the building is a complete loss. I spoke with one man whose golf cart was lost in the fire. Though he's upset his property is gone...he's relieved no one was injured because the fire was so bad. There was originally speculation the fire was caused by a grill, but it is believed to be caused by an electrical fire. Investigators sifted through the ash trying to piece together what happened Thursday morning. Thirty six golf carts were destroyed and the building is a complete loss. "I thought what was going on so I looked down and all I could see was the yellow flame and the smoke," said Dr. Chuck Friedrich, a Wiskey Creek resident. When firefighters arrived the building was already engulfed. Nearly 40 golf carts were burning inside. "We have somewhere around 20 families that put their carts in the barn.. they've lost their carts, they've lost their golf clubs," said resident Missy Shaw. Despite strong winds, firefighters contained the blaze quickly and were able to save the neighboring clubhouse. Nearby homeowners watched in shock. "I was a little surprised I was afraid it was the club house.. because you couldn't see it was all black smoke. And I do mean black smoke," Friedrich continued. Firefighters are continuing to investigate what sparked the blaze... but say they're confident it.

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Cause of fire at police union head's garage appears to be electrical By Star-Advertiser staff POSTED: 08:16 p.m. HST, Jun 16, 2011
The source of the fire that destroyed the garage of the Ewa Beach home belonging to state police union President Tenari Ma'afala last Friday could not be determined but appears to have been electrical in nature, Honolulu fire investigators have determined. Ma'afala told reporters that his wife heard an explosion and saw the garage on fire only minutes after she had placed a load of laundry into a dryer situated there around 5:30 a.m. There as a "strong possibility"?that the fire started from the dryer, but investigators could not rule out entirely that it might have been caused by some other electrical source in the area, said Capt. Terry Seellig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman. There was nothing suspicious about the fire, Seelig said. The fire was confined mainly to the garage and caused about $100,000 to the structure and contents, which included police gear and sports paraphernalia.

Electrical fire causes $40,000 in damage Submitted by Jeramia Trotter, Thursday, June 16th, 1:00 pm

A faulty electrical outlet caused an early morning fire that did about $40,000 in damage to a home in the 940 block of North Graham St.Firefighters responded to the fire at 4:15 Thursday morning and had the flames out in less than 20 minutes. While no one was injured during the blaze, investigators say the fire did about $30,000 in property damage and destroyed about $10,000 worth of the owner's belongings.
Reports of Fires Lead to GE Zoneline Air Conditioner Recall - Published: June 15th, 2011

About 90,600 General Electric Zoneline air conditioners and heaters have been recalled following reports of smoke and fires, some of which caused property damage. The GE air conditioner recall was announced on June 14 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), after GE and the manufacturer, Sharp Corp., reported that they had received at least four reports of the units smoking and bursting into flames. In at least two of the cases the resulting fire spread beyond the recalled air conditioning and heating units and caused property damage. There have been no injuries linked to the defective air conditioning and heating units. The CPSC reports that there is an electrical component in the heating system that can fail, making the units a fire hazard. The recall affects 90,600 GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps. The affected units have the model numbers AZ41 and AZ61, and serial numbers that begin with AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT and ZT, AV, DV and FV. The units were manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011. The recalled air conditioning and heating units will have a GE logo on the control panel door and serial and model numbers printed on the rating plate, which can be seen when the front panel is removed. The GE Zoneline heaters and cooling units were sold by GE authorized representatives and HVAC sellers nationwide between March 2010 and March 2011 for between $1,000 and $1,200. They were most commonly used in apartment buildings and commercial spaces. The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled air conditioning and heating units in heat mode and contact GE at 1-866-918-8771 to schedule a complete repair, or visit the company's website at
Fire on Rau Road Takes Out Barn, Cars - An elderly man and his stepson suffered minor injuries. By Leidhra Johnson - June 15, 201

A fire on Rau Road Wednesday sent one man to the hospital and destroyed a barn and everything in it, including vehicles. The Cosumnes Fire Department said the fire was an accident, caused by an electrical malfunction. Firefighters received a call at 3:44 p.m. and arrived at the location near Kammerer Road to find a barn fully ablaze, said Battalion Chief Greg Langer. Two people, the barn owner and his stepson, were home when the fire started. "I was outside riding my horses when I noticed flames coming out of the barn door," said owner Ben Griffith, 76. Griffith was treated for heat stroke on the scene. His 33-year-old stepson was taken to a local hospital with burns on his hands. Griffith said the barn contained valuable material including three generators, building supplies and an old Mustang he had been restoring. "This is the first building fire we've had," Griffith said. "I'm always really careful." Griffith's neighbor Dwaine Douglas was coming home from work when he saw the fire crew and flames. "We see fires pretty often-usually from brush fires if things aren't kept up," Douglas said. "But this was a bad one." Although the blaze was quickly confined and kept from spreading, Langer said the amount of building supplies within the barn would make extinguishing it an "extended operation."


Mendocino County house fire blamed on electrical problems Wednesday, June 15, 2011 COURTESY OF ELK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

A fire that destroyed a home in the Mendocino County coastal community of Elk on Wednesday appears to be linked to electrical problems caused by a blaze in the same house four days earlier, a Cal Fire investigator said Thursday. Both fires started in a bedroom built into a three-car garage on the property. The second occurred after power was restored to the room in the aftermath of the original blaze, investigator Larry Grafft said. "Unfortunately, the whole house was (burned) to the ground," Grafft said. "A total loss." The first fire occurred around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and was doused in part due to an operating sprinkler system, Elk Fire Chief Jeff Roy said. The sprinklers was then deactivated, apparently for replacement of parts, and was not in use Wednesday, however, he said. Fire crews thought they'd gotten Wednesday's fire out when it was discovered flames had spread into the attic through a section of breezeway roof connecting the house and garage, Roy said. Several occupants of the home made it outside safely despite the spreading fire, Roy said. Cal Fire and Redwood Coast Fire crews contributed to the firefighting effort, authorities said.
Electrical Fire Damages Broad St. Church

An electrical fire swept through the Abundant Life Church on Broad Street early this morning. By Mark Schieldrop | Email the author | June 15, 2011

The early morning fire that caused extensive damage to Abundant Life Church on Broad Street started from overextended lines when two electrical extension cords were plugged into each other, said Cranston Fire Department Capt. Kevin Morris. Morris said an alert patrolman spotted the fire when he noticed flickering light behind the windows and a smoky haze on the street. The officer saw heavy smoke coming out of the back of the building after circling the premises. The Fire Department began responding to the call at about 2:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze and began their investigation immediately afterwards, Morris said. The small church is "a place where families can grow together with the guideance of a pastor who raised eight children," according to its website, and has a large young adult population. The fire comes at a time when the church is looking to raise money to buy a building to suit the ministry's needs, according to its website. Church members gathered on the street outside the building said the damage is devastating and only some items will be salvageable. Many things left from the church's founder, Harold B. Robinson, were destroyed and can't be replaced, they said

One Fairbanks home destroyed, one damaged by Sunday fires. By Sam Friedman/

June-13-2011- FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks area homes were hit by fires Sunday night. One was destroyed and one was badly damaged, but no one was hurt in either blaze. The first fire was reported at 5:40 p.m. at a two-story home on Despain Lane off Chena Pump Road. Resident Laurie Soule said she believes the fire originated in the electrical system because she heard a click from the circuit breaker box before the fire started. She saw flames coming from upstairs when her daughter went to reset the breaker. Soule credited her daughter with making sure she went outside immediately without stopping to take something with her. "She kept saying, 'there's no time, there's no time,'" she said. "When I looked back once, everything was on fire," she said. Jack Willard, fire chief with the Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, said arson is not suspected. Assisting fire departments included North Pole, Steese, University and Ester...."

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Phoenix News-Smoke detectors save family from electrical fire by Catherine Holland Posted on June 13, 2011 at 6:38 AM

PHOENIX - An Ahwatukee family owes their lives to working smoke detectors after a spare refrigerator in their garage shorted out and sparked a huge fire early Monday morning. It happened at about 3 a.m. at a townhouse in the neighborhood of Fourth Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, which is on the south side the Phoenix South Mountain Park. Investigators believe an extra refrigerator that had been running in the garage shorted, causing the fire. The Phoenix Fire Department said the family renting the home had working smoke detectors. When those alarms went off, they woke the family, allowing them to escape unharmed.By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the garage was engulfed in flames. Crews immediately took an offensive position.The homes in the neighborhood are extremely close together, so the houses on either side were evacuated as a precaution. Fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to the neighboring homes. They were also able to contain to the bulk of the damage to the garage.Flames gutted the garage, destroying a car that had been parked inside. The fire also shattered the windows of the kids' rooms above the garage. The kids were already outside when that happened.No injuries were reported. The Phoenix Fire Department said the smoke detectors in the house were a major reason for that. Firefighters are always quick to remind residents that smoke alarms save lives, and that proved once again to be the case Monday morning.Simply having smoke alarms, however, is not enough. You have to make sure they are in working order, which is why fire-safety experts suggest you test them once a month and change the batteries once a year.According to the Phoenix Fire Department, most deadly fires happen between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when people are asleep. They also say the majority of victims die in their sleep. Firefighters call smoke detectors your "nose at night," and say your chances of surviving a house fire double when you have smoke alarms that are properly installed and in good working order.For more information about smoke alarms, call the Phoenix Fire Department at 602-534-3919.

June-13-2011- Investigators suspect Mattydale fire that forced family from home was electrical By Charley Hannagan / The Post-Standard

Mattydale, NY - Fire investigators believe an electrical fire sparked the blaze that forced a mother and her 4-year-old daughter from their home at 118 Plymouth Ave. South Sunday afternoon, Mattydale Fire Chief Mike Gunther said this morning. Firefighters were called at 5:22 p.m. to the ranch house after Amanda Marobella, who was playing with her daughter in the living room smelled smoke. She looked in the bedroom and saw the curtains on fire. Marobella, her four-year-old, and their two dogs, escaped unharmed. Her three school-age sons were not at home at the time. Several volunteer departments joined the Mattydale Fire Department in fighting the fire. No firefighters were injured. The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting Marobella and her family.

Electrical wire cause of hangar fire on Fort Wainwright by Sam Friedman/

June-13-2011- FAIRBANKS - An investigation has determined that a hangar fire at Fort Wainwright this winter was caused by a faulty covering on an electrical wire. "They think a conduit pulled apart," post spokeswoman Linda Douglass said.Authorities have concluded the fire did $225,000 damage to the hangar, which was built in 1943, she said.The fire in Hangar 2 was reported Feb. 17 and was put out in a few hours. The hangar usually holds equipment and is used for staging missions for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. It was empty at the time of the fire because the unit is deployed in Iraq. The fire charred the roof on one side of the hangar. No one was hurt among the roughly 40 firefighters who fought the blaze.

Postal Services Relocated After Fire The Munger Station near 13th & Oliver suffered significant smoke damage.
Reporter: KAKE News Email Address: June 13, 2011

Due to an electrical fire at the Munger Station at 1314 N. Oliver St., all postal services have been temporarily relocated. No one was injured and no mail was damaged in the Friday night fire, although there was significant smoke damage to the building. Mail delivery in the area will continue.Customers with a Post Office Box at Munger Station may pick up their mail and obtain retail services at the Downtown Station at 330 W. 2nd St. North. Customers in ZIP Codes 67208 and 67220 can pick up left-notice mail at the Downtown Station as well. Retail hours at the Downtown Station are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Customers in ZIP Code 67218 may pick up left-notice packages at the River City Station at 3241 S. Hydraulic St. Retail hours at the River City Station are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Customers are reminded to bring photo identification when picking up their mail.

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Pair move disabled from fire Blaze blocked path to the home's ramp. Written by Stacy Temple

A Monroe woman said she is thankful to be alive after two men helped her out of her burning home. Monroe firefighters responded to a structure fire around 2 p.m. Monday at 501 S. First St., where Pat Franklin and her two children live."I was in my room watching television when my daughter said 'come on and get out, the house is on fire,'" Franklin said.The two women then realized they had a huge problem. Franklin is in a wheelchair and her ramp was in the rear of the house - where the fire started.Franklin said her daughter flagged down two strangers who were driving by on their lunch break. The men carried her down the front steps and across the street to safety.Franklin was then checked out by emergency personnel with American Medical Response and deemed OK. Chief Arson Investigator David Hill said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental caused by an electrical problem. The house is not a complete loss, Hill said, but it was heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water. The damage is expected to be more than $80,000. After the victims were safely outside of the home, firefighters had to address their own safety. The temperature Monday afternoon almost reached 100 degrees, and the heat index was even higher. The fire department had a fire rehab truck on the scene, along with two pumpers, one ladder truck and one rescue unit.Jeff Burgin, fire captain and rehab officer, said the truck is equipped with water, ice, misting fans and other items to hydrate and keep firefighters cool. "We use it anytime the temperature reaches above 85 or 90 degrees," Burgin said. "It has everything to treat heat-related illnesses." Firefighters said the truck is even equipped with IV therapy, necessary when a person has been dehydrated, and other emergency supplies.

Springhill Bank Damaged By Fire POSTED: 10:13 am CDT June 13, 2011

SPRINGHILL -- Electrical problems are being investigated as the cause of a weekend fire that damaged Citizens Bank in Springhill. The Saturday morning fire started in a room near the main banking area before spreading to the roof. There was smoke damage throughout the bank and water damage in parts of it.
Investigators said the building had been experiencing electrical problems.
Official: Residents Back by Week's End After Electrical Fire - About 100 residents displaced after fire on Dayton Street By Sharon Adarlo June 13, 2011

Residents will be let back into a 14-story Newark public housing building by the end of week after they were displaced by an electrical fire Saturday night that knocked out power throughout the structure, according to officials from the Newark Housing Authority. Workers currently are fixing the electrical wiring in one of the buildings at the Seth Boyden Elderly housing complex at 120 Dayton St. in the South Ward, where the electrical fire occurred, said Lauren Hudock, policy advisor at the housing authority, which owns the structure. Residents may be back in their homes as early as Tuesday or by the end of the week at the latest, she said. About 100 people originally were displaced Saturday night when an electrical panel apparently blew out at 8:03 p.m., said Newark Fire Capt. John Brown and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The accidental fire occurred in a small closet on the fourth floor, said Brown. Besides that closet, there was subsequent damage in a fifth-floor closet and some smoke damage in the building. Those displaced, many of them senior citizens and some in wheelchairs, were relocated temporarily to Dayton Street School, according to Brown and Booker. There were no reported injuries. Booker said some residents had been taken in either by their family or friends. But at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officials were trying to determine where the remaining people, about 30 to 50, would be housed. "We are going to be figuring that out," said Booker. "That's my last option (Dayton School). I don't want people to sleep in the cafeteria." Booker later tweeted at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, "We're relocating residents to hotels now. The endurance of the residents & their positive attitudes despite this awful situation inspires." Around 5:45 a.m., he tweeted that "all displaced residents have been transported to their temporary rooms." City officials said that they've relocated people - with the help of the American Red Cross - to the Newark YMCA on Broad Street and to local hotels. The city's office of emergency management is handling the incident, said Brown. Booker said officials from the Newark Housing Authority also were part of the effort, along with the city's fire and police departments. At the school cafeteria early Sunday morning, Booker and municipal employees handed out more than 200 doughnuts, muffins and cookies to the displaced. Pizza was later distributed, followed by a prayer given by the mayor. Valentino Aikens, 47, who was watching the horror movie "Quarantine 2" when the fire interrupted him, was pleased by the city's response. "I liked that housing had an evacuation plan in place," he said while munching on cheese pizza. "It's a good thing." This is a breaking news story. Continue to check Patch for updates. [Editor's note: This story first published June 12 at 1:45 a.m. It has since been updated.]

Jun 13, 2011 posted by: Kelli Steele - WGMD News

Millsboro House Fire Under Investigation

The Delaware State Fire Marshall is investigating a Sunday morning house fire on Wesley Drive in Millsboro.
Indian River firemen were called to the home around 6:30 a.m. Smoke was reported to becoming from the vents on the exterior of the house and there was a strong odor of smoke on the inside.The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.Sunday June, 12 2011 @ 06:30:03 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 24670 Wesley Dr Millsboro, DE 19966

(1) Residential Structure Fire on Wesley Drive, off of Banks Road. It was reported to have smoke coming from the vents on the exterior of the house with an odor of smoke within the interior of the house. Emergency response units were limited to a single company dispatch with the following units responding: Ladder 80, Engine #80-1, and Tanker 80 from the Oak Orchard facility; and Engine #80-3 and Engine #80-5 from the Long Neck facility. All units were utilized at the incident location for specific assignments for tools, equipment, or ladders to be utilized. The Duty Officer was Ryan Mock who requested an interior evaluation of the residential structure with emphasis being placed in the utility room and kitchen area as well as investigation of the eaves and roofing with concentration on the attic ventilation. Immediately, it was suspected to an electrical issue and an investigation yielded burnt insulation and insulated HVAC duct. The Operations Officer requested the extraction of ceiling and drywall in the kitchen and utility room. Firefighters were able to locate additional burnt insulation and remnants of an active fire. For much of the initial investigation smoke continued to emit from the eaves and vents in the roof area. An extensive effort was utilized to provide salvage covers and tarps to minimize additional interior damage because all of the burnt areas were in the attic or above the ceiling areas. All electrical service was disconnected to the residential location. The Delaware State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Posted: 3:38 pm Sunday, Jun. 12, 2011 - By Cynthia Lambert |

A fire destroyed a California Valley mobile home and left its occupant with minor injuries this morning. The blaze was reported at 7:13 a.m. in the 14000 block of Cooperopolis Trail. The first engine arrived on scene at 7:26 a.m., with a total of four engines responding to the fire, said Cal Fire Communications Operator Patricia Grisham. The cause was determined to be electrical, but further details including where the fire started were not available. The one person living in the mobile home suffered first-degree burns but declined to go to a hospital, Grisham said. Cal Fire officials estimated the fire caused $30,000 damage, but it was not known whether that figure included both the mobile home and its contents. Read more:

Fire Starts in Attic of Shorewood Home
North Shore Fire Department says no one was home when a fire started in the attic of a Shorewood home. By Adam W. McCoy | Email the author | June 12, 2011

Five North Shore Fire Department units responded to an attic fire at a Shorewood home Sunday. NSFD said no one was home when a fire started in the attic of the home at 3816 N. Newhall Ave., and spread to the second floor and roof. Fire officials said the damage is estimated at $100,000 and the cause of the fire appears to be an electrical malfunction in a light mounted in the ceiling between the second floor and attic of the home. Someone passing by the home phoned 911 at 10:22 a.m. and the first engine was on the scene by 10:25 a.m

Electrical fire damages Shorewood home Submitted by Amy Kant, BLOCKS Manager Sunday, June 12th, 7:34 pm

An electrical fire is to blame for a fire that badly damaged a Shorewood home. The fire started in the home on Newhall in a neighborhood behind Shorewood High School. The North Shore Fire Department says a light mounted in a ceiling started the fire. Smoke and fire spread through the second floor and attic. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, but no one was in the house when the fire started. Damages are estimated at $100,000.

Electrical fire at Newark housing complex displaces nearly 120 residents - Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 7:30 PM Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 7:30 PM

NEWARK - An electrical fire at a Newark housing complex forced about 120 residents, most of them elderly or disabled, out of their homes Saturday night, fire officials said today. A malfunction on the fourth floor of the Seth Boyden Elderly Housing Complex filled the 15-story high-rise with smoke around 8 p.m., knocking out power to the entire facility, said Newark Fire Director Fateen Ziyad. No one was injured and the fire was brought under control in less than 20 minutes, but caused lasting damage to the building's electricity and will force the complex's residents to seek shelter elsewhere until Monday, Ziyad said. Seventy firefighters and officers from the Newark Police Department, Office of Emergency Management Newark Housing Authority and NJ Transit responded quickly, transporting residents from the smoky complex to the Dayton Street School, which was used as a makeshift shelter, Ziyad said. Residents were met at the school by Mayor Cory Booker and South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, who provided food and refreshments for the startled crowd late Saturday, Ziyad said. "Many elderly residents here @ Dayton St school. Grateful 4 all ppl here lending a hand. Sometimes it takes the dark 2 really c peoples light," Booker posted on Twitter Saturday. Arson investigators deemed the fire accidental, likely the result of a malfunction in a fourth floor electrical panel. Roughly 80 of the building's residents were able to stay with relatives while PSE&G works to restore power to the building, according to Ziyad, and the rest were provided with shelter by area hotels and the YMCA.

Homeowners Can Lower Risk Of Electrical Fires
Oscillating fan, dehumidifier unit caused fires in town this month. By William Laforme - June 12, 2011

Within the past month, the Lynnfield Fire Department responded to two separate house fires in town, both of which were caused by electric home devices.On May 31, a home on Chestnut Street was seriously damaged when a freestanding oscillating fan malfunctioned, triggering the blaze. Then, a Saturday June 4 fire on Norris Road was apparently set by a dehumidifier unit.At the time, Fire Chief Thomas Bogart reminded residents to be sure their smoke detectors were functioning, noting that these had helped the family on Norris Road escape in a safe and timely fashion. Lynnfield Patch also checked in with the Chief about safety with electronic devices in the home, since these two fires in town had somewhat similar origins. According to Chief Bogart, electrical fires are common - and with that in mind he provided some information on how people can lower the fire danger in their own home. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 485 Americans die in electrical fires each year and another 2,305 are injured. Causes can range from appliance defects and electrical failures to misuse of electrical appliances, improper wiring, and overloaded circuits. The federal agency notes that electrical fires most commonly occur in electric stoves and ovens, dryers, central heating units, televisions, radios and record players. To improve safety, people are advised to routinely check their appliances and wiring, and to be especially sure to replace frayed or damaged appliance cords. Appliances should also be kept away from wet surfaces, especially in the bathroom and kitchen - and it's equally important to keep them away from children and flammable materials such as clothing and curtains. Another important tip is to avoid overloading extension cords and to never try to force a three-prong electrical plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord. Separate information from the State Fire Marshal's Office reminds homeowners that some danger signs in their electric appliances include arcs, sparks and short circuits, as well as a sizzling or buzzing sound, and odors, such as a vague burning smell. The fire marshal's office also advises people to quickly call an electrician if their lights tend to dim or flicker, or if they are giving out too quickly or causing shocks. Loose plugs, overheated cords and unusually warm or faulty outlets and switches may also be signs of a potentially dangerous electrical problem.

Fire at a landmark tested firefighters Published Sun, Jun 12, 2011 05:15 AM Modified Sun, Jun 12, 2011 09:01 AM
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STAFF WRITER - N&O researcher Teresa Leonard looks at yesteryear in the Triangle and North Carolina on the blog Past Times, The Yarborough Hotel, a long-forgotten landmark in downtown Raleigh, was once the "social center of the capital" and was called the "third house of the legislature." Standing on Fayetteville Street, it was home to the state's governors from 1865 until the completion of the Executive Mansion in 1891. It hosted four presidents, plus notables such as Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin and William Jennings Bryan.
It was well-known for the food prepared by the hotel kitchen. In fact, one tale went that President William Taft, having finished a "full Southern dinner of fried chicken, candied yams, hot biscuits and other Southern delicacies, ... refused to leave his chair for half an hour."

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And on the afternoon of July 3, 1928, it was the scene of a spectacular fire. The fire, which started in an elevator shaft, quickly spread throughout the wood-frame hotel and drew thousands of spectators. It raged for nearly five hours, and firefighters from as far away as Durham and Smithfield were called. There were no serious injuries, most likely because the fire happened during the day. The hotel manager's wife, Mrs. Robert Powell, was in her third-floor room with her two children, ages 6 and six weeks. They were trapped there for 45 minutes until they were rescued by firemen, "just as she was preparing to jump."Reports the next day praised the fire department and the city's water system, which in addition to fighting the Yarborough fire, also attended to a house fire in town. Approximately 750,000 gallons of water from Swift Creek were poured on the fire at the Yarborough Hotel Tuesday afternoon, all of the electrical pumps at the city water station on Fayetteville road pumping steadily for four hours and fifteen minutes and the boilers being fired ready to start the steam equipment if necessary. Two men from the Carolina Power and Light Company were sent to the Pumping Station to be ready to lend aid if anything should happen to the electrical pumps during the time of the fire. ... The city water department not only measured up to every demand of the fire, furnishing plenty of water and plenty of power, but furnished a fire crew in the emergence to put out the fire at the Raney home. Superintendent Ernest Bain was at the post at the office of the water department on Morgan Street, ready to try to meet any emergency that might arise during the fire. When the alarm of the Raney home came in at the fire station across the street he started to investigate and sent R. L. Crocker, of his department, to try to summon help from the scene of the fire at the Yarborough, where all of the fire equipment was being used. In the meantime, however, finding there was an extra supply of hose left at the fire house, he dispatched A. C. Goodman, foreman of the water department, who had just come in from Lake Raleigh with his crew of workmen to the Raney house to fight the fire. ... Having had former experience as a fireman, Mr. Goodman attacked the fire with the knowledge of fire fighting and by the time the fire truck arrived from the Yarborough fire, the blaze had been extinguished. - The Raleigh Times 7/4/1928 Back at the Yarborough, about a dozen firemen were on duty through the night and were still dousing smoking embers well into the next day. The hotel was a total loss, and the Sir Walter soon took its place as the "third house of the legislature." ...."
North Las Vegas home damaged in electrical fire
Nevada State News.Net

Friday 10th June, 2011 (Source: Las Vegas Review Journal)

An electrical malfunction started a blaze at a northeast valley home Thursday afternoon that caused $229,500 worth of damage, the North Las Vegas Fire Department said. Fire officials said they were alerted to the fire at 3631 Belmont St., near Gowan Road, east of Interstate 15, at 12:18 p.m.Firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of the vacant home's roof. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes with help from the Clark County Fire Department. ... Read the full story at Las Vegas Review Journal|head

Morristown electrical fire raises questions

MORRISTOWN - Utility workers pulled damaged wire out of an underground vault Friday, three stores remained without power, and officials expressed frustration over an electrical fire a little more than a year after an underground explosion at the public library. Town Administrator Michael Rogers said his office still hasn't received information about what caused last year's explosion that closed the library for more than six months and that town officials have concerns about the safety of an underground electrical system that runs under South Street. "Recent incidents would lend themselves to ask that question about the safety of our utility structure," Rogers said. He also said Jersey Central Power & Light officials told town officials that an underground vault in front of Walgreens suffered more damage than the underground vault at the library last May. And he said two of five circuits serving the town were out because of the fire, according to utility officials. He said that one more circuit out would have shut down power to the entire downtown area. Ron Morano, a spokesman for JCP&L, said Thursday's fire that shut down South Street and left 1,700 customers without power for hours was not related to last year's library fire. He said that while wires smoldered in a vault outside of the library last year, JCP&L maintains that the explosion was unrelated to their equipment and caused by the presence of a combustible gas. "It's a different set of circumstances," he said. He also said that "steps were taken" to make sure the network remained working on Thursday during the fire so that Morristown's downtown continued to have power. He said crews are investigating the fire to determine a cause. "A piece of equipment failed," Morano said. "We don't know which piece of equipment." Walgreens, Rite Aid and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage all remained without power on Friday and Morano said they won't be restored until Monday morning. Homes in the area lost power for a few hours on Thursday but electricity had been restored by the evening, Rogers said. Police had closed South Street for hours on Thursday, redirecting traffic. Robin Buchanan, of Morristown, a Rite Aid customer, showed up to retrieve a prescription Friday and was told that it would be available for pickup at a nearby store. She said she tried to get to the store on Thursday but was stopped by police. "They said it was too dangerous," she said. Morano said the fire tripped circuits at 5:10 p.m. on Thursday and that power had been restored to 1,000 customers by 9:30 p.m. with most of the remainder restored by midnight. He said five customers in Morris Township, including three vacant office buildings, were still without power on Friday but were expected to be restored by midnight. Capt. Jon Prachthauser, the acting fire chief, said his department got a call at 3:59 p.m. Thursday and that the concrete slabs that covered the vault were "rumbling" because of pressure caused by the underground fire. He said an electrical panel in a nearby garage caught fire about an hour after the original fire began but that a sprinkler kept it in check.

Underground electrical fire closes road, knocks out power to Morristown residents and a hospital - Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 12:46 AM Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011, 1:15 AM - By Tomas Dinges/The Star-Ledger

MORRISTOWN - An underground electrical fire along a major road in Morristown knocked out power to 1,700 customers, including part of a nearby hospital, officials said. At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday Jersey Central Power & Light officials responded to a smoking underground electrical vault under the sidewalk at 203 South Street, near a Walgreens drug store, said Ron Morano, a spokesman for JCP&L. South Street was closed from James Street to Hamilton Road, with the power outage affected customers to the south and east of the vault area. By about 10 p.m. about 700 customers remained without power, Morano said, while Morristown Memorial Hospital had regained full power at 6:40 p.m.
Firefighters evacuated the Walgreens, a neighboring Rite-Aid and a real-estate office near the vault, said acting Fire Chief John Prachthauser. Heavy smoke and at times flames escaped from the sunken enclosure, which was covered by concrete slabs that rattled as pressure accumulated, Prachthauser said. "When enough pressure built up it would pop the cover off the vault and fire would come out," he said. The approximate 8-by 15-foot underground space houses electrical equipment similar to what might hang on power poles, Morano said. He said there was an unspecified equipment failure that led to the incident and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by JCP&L. Firefighters waited for about two hours for the power company to cut electricity to the vault, Prachthauser said. "Once they isolated it, that for the most part extinguished the fire," he said. The electricity was "sustaining the fire at that point." A smaller, possibly-related electrical fire in a garage behind Walgreen's was extinguished by sprinklers, Prachthauser said.

Electrical Fire Knocks Out Spent Fuel Cooling at Nebraska Nuke Plant
Workers restored cooling in about 90 minutes, and plant officials said the temperature in the pool only increased by two degrees. By John Sullivan, ProPublica Jun 10, 2011
Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station/Credit: Omaha Public Power District

"A fire in an electrical switch room on Tuesday briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said...."

The news-herald
Fire guts Euclid home; family dog dies Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Friday morning fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage to a Euclid home. Firefighters were called to the scene of a fully involved house fire at 85 E. 219 St. about 11:30 a.m., Euclid Fire Captain Thomas Terbanc said. Two occupants were at home when the fire started and had to be rescued from the house's porch roof, Terbanc said. No people were injured, though the family's dog died from smoke inhalation. Terbanc said the layout of the home made fighting the fire particularly difficult as crews were on scene for more than two hours. The blaze remains under investigation although officials believe the fire began in the basement because of an electrical problem with a dryer. Fire crews from Willowick and Wickliffe provided mutual aid.

UPDATE: Fire-damaged Ranch & Home to reopen Friday By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald staff writer

Rich Dickin / Herald staff - An apparent electrical fire about midnight Wednesday heavily damaged part of the Ranch & Home store on Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick. The customer service and special order area shown here had the most damage, said store manager Mike Manning. Other parts of the store were damaged by smoke and water from the sprinkler system. A crew of 20 employees is cleaning this morning in hopes of opening the store by noon today, he said. Kennewick A fire broke out near the front entry of a Kennewick store early this morning, but the store's sprinkler system and a quick attack by firefighters kept flames at bay, officials said. Fire damage is limited to a display and customer service center area near the front door of Ranch & Home, 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd. There is, however, smoke and water damage throughout much of the store and 10 skylights were broken out on the roof to help clear the smoke, said Kennewick Fire Chief Neil Hines. A crew of 20 employees is cleaning this morning, said store manager Mike Manning. The store will be closed for the day and plans to reopen at 8 a.m. Friday.
Firefighters were called to Ranch & Home at 12:20 a.m. after an alarm went off and while the first crew responded, dispatchers upgraded the call to a second alarm alerting them that the sprinklers were going off. The first unit could see flames just inside the main entry and broke the glass door and went it for a quick attack, Hines said. "They reported the sprinkler system had activated and was holding the fire in check," he said, adding that there was smoke about half-way down from the ceiling throughout the entire building. It took about five minutes to extinguish the flames and another two hours to get the smoke cleared out. Units from the Richland Fire Department and Benton Fire District 1 responded to help Kennewick crews. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but an electrical problem is suspected. For the full story, see Friday's Herald and

Las Vegas review journal

North Las Vegas home damaged in electrical fire

By Antonio Planas
Posted: Jun. 9, 2011 | 5:30 p.m.

An electrical malfunction started a blaze at a northeast valley home Thursday afternoon that caused $229,500 worth of damage, the North Las Vegas Fire Department said. Fire officials said they were alerted to the fire at 3631 Belmont St., near Gowan Road, east of Interstate 15, at 12:18 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of the vacant home's roof. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes with help from the Clark County Fire Department.

Electrical problem caused Rockford duplex fire

Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 11:14 AM Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 11:19 AM By Nate Reens | The Grand Rapids Press

ROCKFORD - The flames that destroyed half of a duplex in the Rockford Highlands subdivision Wednesday appeared to have ignited in the garage of the structure, Fire Chief Mike Reus said today. Fire crews from four departments rushed to the 137 Highland View Ct. resident about 3:45 p.m. and found the garage fully involved and fire spreading through the residence. After extinguishing the flames, all signs pointed to an electrical short in a garage wall, Reus said. The chief expects that the burned half of the duplex will need a complete rebuild while a fire wall prevented fire damage from spreading to the other side of the building. That part suffered some smoke and water damage, the chief said. A man, two children and two family pets escaped the burning portion of the residence unharmed. The occupant of the other side alerted the family to the blaze and that person was also uninjured.|topnews|text|Frontpage

Extension cords sparked fire at Brown Road home - State officials say improper use caused cords to overheat
Written by Jona Ison

CHILLICOTHE -- Extension cords sparked a fire that damaged a Brown Road home Sunday. The State Fire Marshal's Office investigation reveals a pair of extension cords connected to a dehumidifier in the basement overheated and caught fire, said public information officer Shane Cartmill. The fire was fueled by items -- clothing and miscellaneous things for a rummage sale --that were sitting atop the extension cords. No one was home when the home was reported on fire about 8:30 a.m. Homeowner Kathy Houseman said she had stayed the night working on paperwork at her Waverly business, the Emmitt House Restaurant. Firefighters first thought the fire was suspicious because there appeared to be two separate points of origin --one at the humidifier and another at a couch -- in the basement. However, the investigation determined the couch caught fire through radiant heat from the extension cord fire, Cartmill said. "We would like to use this unfortunate incident as a reminder for people to not over-use extensions cords. They are meant for temporary, short-term use only," Cartmill said. "They should never be used as a replacement for an outlet. When they're drawing heavy loads like that, they can catch fire." Additional outlets should be installed in areas where needed instead of relying on an extension cord on a permanent basis. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates about 3,300 residential fires each year originate in extension cords, killing 50 people and injuring about 270. Aside from fire, extension cords also are a tripping hazard and can cause burns, particularly to small children. The commission estimates, each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. About 13 percent of the injuries involve children younger than 5 with electrical burns to the mouth accounting for half of those injuries.


Electrical Fire Knocks Out Spent Fuel Cooling at Nebraska Nuke Plant -by John Sullivan, Special to ProPublica June 9, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

A fire [1] in an electrical switch room on Tuesday briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant [2] outside Omaha, Neb., plant officials said. The safety of deep pools used to store used radioactive fuel at nuclear plants has been an issue since the accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in March. If the cooling water a pool is lost, the used nuclear fuel could catch fire and release radiation. "...."

Valley Courier

Fire destroys rural Alamosa home. Posted: Thursday, Jun 9th, 2011 BY: KEITH R. CERNY

ALAMOSA- A partial, two-story residence was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon about eight miles southwest of town after a detached garage next to the home caught fire. About a dozen Alamosa firefighters, with mutual aid assistance with two trucks from the Monte Vista Volunteer Fire Department, battled the blaze for nearly two hours before starting mop-up efforts. At the latest report, no one was injured. Devastated property owner Kristi Quintana speculated that the fire in the garage might have started by an electrical malfunction, saying that a sprinkler system control had recently been installed there. The home is located on Road 9 South between the 104 and 105. Numerous explosions, possibly from aerosol cans or propane tanks could be heard coming from the garage shortly after firefighters arrived on scene. A large wooden deck around the second story of the two-story section of the home was largely destroyed, hampering firefighters' efforts to reach the top half of the house. Several nozzles with foam-loaded water pounded both the exterior and interior of the home until the fury was knocked down. AFD's ladder truck was called into duty to help open up roof eaves in the second story to put out hot spots. Assistant Chief Tony Bobicki was in command, but was unavailable for comment due to mop-up efforts. While on scene, two other fires seemingly broke out within a few miles. A grove of trees was reportedly on fire about three miles southwest of the house fire, and a controlled burn was put down by the MVFD about two miles southeast.

Short-lived Electrical Fire at Mamaroneck Library's Temporary Building

There were no injuries reported after a fire originated from an elevator engine room in the basement of 100 Mamaroneck Ave. and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. By Sara B Caldwell | June 8, 2011

An electrical fire broke out at 100-102 Mamaroneck Ave. at 12:30 p.m. and was quickly extinguished by the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department. No injuries were reported. It originated from the elevator's machine room at 100 Mamaroneck Ave., said 1st Assistant Chief Robert Pecchia, and was contained and quickly put out. Although the building was evacuated, patrons were allowed to reenter the structure by 1 p.m. The building, located at the intersection of Mamaroneck Avenue and Boston Post Road, houses law offices. It is also the temporary location of Mamaroneck Public Library. The three-story elevator remains closed until further notice. Correction: The location of the fire was inaccurately stated in the original version of this story.

The Daily Astorian

Firefighters contain Astoria electrical fire

Fire chief says melting electrical lines at apartment complex could have caused a bigger problem
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:58 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Wed Jun 8, 2011. Firefighters contain Astoria electrical fire By KATIE WILSON The Daily Astorian Daily Astorian

An electrical fire at an apartment building in Astoria caused an estimated $25,000 worth of damage Tuesday afternoon. But it could have been worse. Astoria Fire Chief Lenard Hansen said they "dodged a bullet." The fire at 779 Glasgow Ave. melted electrical lines running from the apartment to the street pole and could have led to a substantially bigger problem, he said. Only two apartments of the four-apartment complex were directly affected by flames and smoke. The residents of both apartments were home at the time of the fire. Everyone got outside quickly and no one was hurt.
Lisa Segundo started smelling smoke in her downstairs apartment a little before 3:15 p.m. The smell wouldn't go away. Finally she went outside and saw that part of the wall, around an electrical panel, was on fire and billowing smoke.
She started yelling, trying to get people out of the building. Linda DeCost was watching TV in her upstairs apartment when the TV suddenly turned off. She and her sister have lived in the apartment for more than a year and said it wasn't the first time they had had electrical problems. She could smell smoke and traced the smell to the kitchen. A big pillow of smoke ran out from under the kitchen sink when she opened the cabinet door. Hansen said the fire likely traveled up from the downstairs No.3 apartment into DeCost's apartment. Firefighters from the Astoria, Lewis and Clark, and Olney-Walluski fire departments responded and had the fire under control around 4 p.m. Cost of damage to the structure was estimated at $20,000, damage to property was $5,000.

Electrical problems and air conditioner causes fire at Leoni Township home
Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 10:10 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2011, 8:58 AM By Aaron Aupperlee | Jackson Citizen Patriot

Old wiring and an air conditioner are the likely causes of a fire Tuesday evening in Leoni Township. The fire started about 7:30 p.m. at 250 Grand St. The two adults inside got out safely, said Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Officer Patrick Boulter. When firefighters arrived, smoke showed on the outside of the house. Fire spread through the walls and ceiling and into the attic, Boulter said. Firefighters fought flames on the inside of the house. "We were able to knock it down and contain it to a few rooms," Boulter said of the fire.It appears the fire started in the home's electrical wiring, a combination of both old and new, Boulter said. The two inside the house had been running the air conditioner all day. They tripped the home's circuit breaker twice, resetting it each time, before the fire started, Boulter said. The pair planned to stay Tuesday night in a camper equipped with a generator on their property. Firefighters from Jackson and Blackman-Leoni, Summit, Napoleon and Grass Lake townships assisted with the fire, Boulter said. The extra firefighters from Napoleon and Grass Lake were called in case the fire spread further into the house and to provide for relief for firefighters working in heavy gear in the hot weather.
SOFD, SORS Respond to Maplewood Fire
The fire was extinguished quickly By Mary Mann - June 9, 2011

An electrical fire in the wall of a Maplewood home on Academy Street was quickly extinguished on Wednesday evening, with no injuries to firefighters or occupants. The call for the fire came in at 8:39 p.m. Maplewood Engine 33, Tower Ladder 31 and Engine 34 responded - as did the South Orange Fire Department and the South Orange First Aid Squad. Maplewood Deputy Chief Tom McNulty said that damage was minimal. Fire personnel shut off power to the house and took part of the wall out. He said that the house is safe for the owner to return. However, the owner may want to stay somewhere with working air conditioning. "It's a little warm out there," said McNulty.

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Blaze at Brunswick church caused by electrical wiring

Unitarian Universalist Church member Carter Ruff of Bath looks over the fire damage on Monday. (Troy R. Bennett / The Times Record) By Beth Brogan, Times Record Staff Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 2:06 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK - Plywood sheets are nailed over holes where stained glass windows once lined the walls of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bruns-wick, and a blue plastic tarp covers the ruined rear roof consumed by a devastating fire early Monday morning. But Sunday services will go on, just across Middle Street at Curtis Memorial Library, church representatives an-nounced Monday afternoon. The morning after a three-alarm fire drew 60 firefighters to the blaze, yellow police tape and a caution sign announce the 1885 buildng is off-limits. Investigators from the Maine State Fire Marshal's office and the Brunswick police and fire departments were on the scene while the blaze continued, and later on Monday officially determined that the fire was sparked by electrical wiring, according to Deputy Chief Donald Koslosky of the Brunswick Fire Department said. The fire ignited from wires between the basement and a first-floor crawl space, Koslosky said. The building was unoccupied at the time. Early this morning, Andrea Swanson of Lisbon walked beneath the budding trees on Pleasant Street, sipping coffee and peering up at the rainbow flag - a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist Church - still hanging from the front of the building. For less than a year, Swanson - sometimes with her son - has driven from Lisbon each Sunday to attend services at the Brunswick church. She said she was grateful to find "such an awesome place so open to everything and everyone." Swanson heard about the fire on Monday, and rode by on her bicycle, but she said, "I couldn't bring myself to stop." Today she grieves, along with many others, for the loss of "so much history." But firefighters were able to save a grand piano, several large stained glass windows and a number of other items, including a Longfellow Bible, kept at the pulpit in a glass case. The Bible is of particular importance to the church because it contains the signature of the famous 19th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and an inscription to the church. Longfellow was a member of a church that was the predecessor to Brunswick's Unitarian Universalist Church, the Rev. Sylvia Stocker said Monday. Koslosky said the Bible was retrieved undamaged from the fire. In a statement today, church representatives thanked those who sent "many kind messages of support and offers of help." The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick will hold its Sunday service at 9:15 a.m. in the Morrell Room at Curtis Memorial Library. This week, the church will host its annual Flower Celebration. All are invited to attend and to bring a cut flower or flowers to add to a bouquet. Everyone will go home with a flower at the end of the service, according to an announcement. The Rev. Mary Higgins, district executive, will attend the service. Child care will be available for very young children. For more information, call 729-8515 or visit

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Electrical problem suspected in Rockland apartment building fire - By Stephen Betts | Jun 07, 2011

Rockland - Fire crews did a great job containing a fire Monday afternoon, June 6 that destroyed one apartment in a three-story wooden building at the intersection of Main and Cottage streets, an assistant chief said.
There were no injuries from the ...

Woman and child escape home fire - A woman and an infant in Springfield Township escaped without injury Tuesday afternoon when an alert neighbor told them that the back of their house was on fire. The blaze was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Derbyshire Road. The cause was under investigation, but the fire might have begun where the electrical line entered the one-story structure, authorities said. A damage estimate was not available, but the building appeared close to a total loss. A garage and a vehicle in the back of the house were also damaged. The American Red Cross was called to help the family with accommodations. A firefighter was treated at St. Luke's Hospital for heat exhaustion. Monclova Township and Sylvania Township fire departments were on scene to help.

VB Animal Control catches fire Animals moved to safety Updated: Monday, 06 Jun 2011, 5:57 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 05 Jun 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach fire crews responded to a small electrical fire at Virginia Beach Animal Control headquarters Sunday morning. Fire officials say the fire started in the administrative portion of the building. At around 10:21 a.m. Virginia Beach Emergency Dispatch received notice of a commercial fire alarm at the Virginia Beach Animal Control headquarters at 2665 Leroy Dr. Within 30 seconds, a second call was received stating there was smoke in the building, according to a fire department spokesman. All persons and animals were quickly evacuated due to the fire. Fire crews arrived on the scene in about five minutes and found light smoke inside the building and traced it to a utility room where the fire was contained. There were approximately 100-200 animals inside the building at the time of the fire. None of the animals suffered any injuries as a result of the fire and each underwent a veterinary evaluation following the fire. The fire was put out within 30 minutes of the initial call. The building suffered light to moderate smoke damage in some places, according to fire department spokesman Battalion Chief Hedley Austin. The animals were moved to a nearby helicopter garage where they spent the night, and on Monday morning, they returned from their sleepover. "Today the animals are doing very well, as a matter of fact, as of 10 o'clock, we had all the animals back in the shelter," said Wayne Gilbert, Virginia Beach Animal Control Officer. Workers started early Monday morning. It took a little more than two hours to move the animals, and they received help from groups like Animal Guardian, which Annette Still has run out of her home for five years. Still finds foster parents for young and special needs animals until they're adopted. She took a few kittens off the shelter's hands to ease the burden on the staff. "They're overwhelmed, you gotta figure they're getting animals daily 20 to 30 everything. They're getting kittens to dogs to owner turn in. They get overwhelmed, they do this all year long," said Still. The shelter will resume adoptions on Wednesday, June 8 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the web --For more information on adopting or shelter hours visit the shelter's website at or call the shelter at (757)385-4444

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Electrical fire forces residents out of West Palm Beach apartment building - By Jeff Ostrowski and George Bennett
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer - Updated: 7:49 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011-Posted: 9:38 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH - Residents of an apartment building at 2100 N. Australian Ave. were forced to spend a second night away from home Sunday as workers repaired damage from an electrical fire Saturday. The Palm Grove apartments, a 75-unit, four-story complex near Lake Mangonia, was closed on Saturday and Sunday nights after the fire. The apartments' managers hoped to complete repairs and reopen the building Monday, Mark Goggin, director of emergency services for the American Red Cross Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region, said Sunday evening. But Robert Best, head of the security firm at Palm Grove, said he was unsure when the apartments would reopen. The blaze was contained to the electrical room, and no apartments were damaged, Goggin said. Twenty-six people, including 10 children, spent Saturday night in a shelter set up by the American Red Cross at the gym at the nearby Gaines Park Community Center northwest of downtown. Red Cross volunteer Chet Weber said 74 families were displaced by the fire at the Palm Grove apartments, and most found other places to stay. The Red Cross provided meals, cots, blankets, toiletries, and a Sunday night screening of the children's movie Madagascar. "They (the Red Cross) did a great job. I'm grateful - grateful and humble and blessed," said one man who spent the night at Gaines Park with his wife and two sons and did not want to give his name.


Smoke Evacuates Missoula 9-1-1 Center MISSOULA COUNTY By KECI Staff
POSTED: 5:40 pm MDT June 5, 2011

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Fire officials tell NBC Montana there was no disruption to 9-1-1 service in the Missoula area today, even though an electrical fire forced 9-1-1 dispatchers to evacuate the call center. Officials say at about 10:30 today, smoke started filling the 9-1-1 center in the basement of the Missoula County Courthouse in downtown Missoula. Dispatchers immediately went to radio contact and moved their operation to the Missoula International Airport, which is the established secondary communications site for this kind of displacement. Dispatchers contacted responders by radio, instead of the communication system that sends out distinctive tones to identify specific response teams. Firefighters tell us there was never a delay in responding to calls. Dispatchers handled all of the county's emergency calls from the airport until about 3:15 when all was clear at the courthouse and they could return to the call center. The Fire Department says the fire was a small electrical fire limited to one piece of electrical equipment, likely from an electrical short. Nothing else was damaged and no one was hurt.

Power Returning to UMBC - Residence halls are without electricity until Monday. By Bruce Goldfarb June 6, 2011

On Sunday night, UMBC began powering up from Thursday evening's fire and explosion that knocked out the campus' electrical system. According to the university's web site, UMBC is scheduled to open 11 p.m. Sunday evening.
A visit to the campus Sunday night found buildings largely dark and the 200 or so students who remained at the school during the crisis continuing to stream into Susquehanna Hall-an emergency shelter powered by a tractor-trailer-sized generator parked at the street. "It's been crazy," said Perry Ogwuche, a computer science sophomore who was displaced from his Potomac Hall dorm room by the outage. "Nobody knows exactly what's going on." New details have emerged about the series of events leading to the explosion, which sent a huge fireball into the sky above the campus police station and set fire to nearby grass. According to a note posted by Lynne Schaefer, UMBC's vice president for administration and finance, a switch at a power substation near the athletic field complex failed and caught fire. The failure of the switch overloaded transformers at the university's central power plant, located adjacent to the police station on the northern side of campus, causing them to explode and catch fire. Nobody was injured by the explosion or fire. Immediately after the incident, UMBC located and acquired a larger replacement transformer "sufficient to prevent future such outages," officials said. By Sunday evening, the university began powering up buildings one at a time. The Sunday evening note from UMBC officials said that most of the buildings on campus had power. However, power to residence halls and the university's counseling and health services will likely remain out until late Monday. Power may not be restored to the stadium, facilities management and the warehouse until Wednesday due to "serious damage to a large amount of electrical cable," university officials said. Some members of the university community complained about the flow of information about the incident. At 11 p.m. Thursday night, UMBC issued a text message alert notifying subscribers that the power was out on campus and crews were working to restore electricity. A text message sent at 5:10 a.m. Friday said that UMBC was closed. Another text sent at 6:10 p.m. evening notified recipients that the university remained closed and provided a URL for more information. "The residents living in Walker Ave apartments were told we were being locked out of the apartments and must either leave campus or move to Susquehanna dorms," said student Audrey Allison in a comment at Arbutus Patch. "My roommate and I were told at 5 p.m. that we must leave by 7 p.m." Students were notified that anybody attempting to enter a closed dorm or apartment would be charged with trespassing. "We received the text messages that were sent, but they only said that the power is out and then that campus is closed," Allison said. "The texts also said to go online for more information, but without power that is very difficult." Jolicia Bracy, a sophomore majoring in health administration and policy from Owings Mills, says that communication from the university about the emerging crisis "has been effective but a little slow." "It's been a little hectic, but things are under control now," Bracy said. On Sunday, the lights were on at Susquehanna Hall, but the residence building lacks air conditioning, refrigerators, kitchens or laundry facilities. "It's a bit toasty," said Matthew Eastman, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student from Eldersburg. When the power went out Thursday, students who grew up on digital devices found themselves suddenly cut off from computers, the Internet, video games and cell phone chargers. "It's really challenged the patience of a lot of people," says Alexis Crooks, a junior in history who is from Prince George's County. "We all know it's nobody's fault. We just want to get through to tomorrow." Students at Susquehanna Hall are bearing through the emergency with a camaraderie forged through adversity. "People are making all kinds of friends," Bracy said after helping another student seeking a working refrigerator at the dorm's front desk. "You have the whole campus under one roof," said Crooks.

Electrical fire displaces tenants in Dover By MIKE GREEAR Sunday, June 5, 2011

DOVER - Several tenants of a four-unit building at 98 Old Dover Point Road were displaced Saturday afternoon after a two-alarm electrical fire. The fire, which was called in at 4:39 p.m., was caused by an electrical short in the wiring that leads from the house's external electrical meter to a panel in the basement. Dover Assistant Fire Chief Richard Driscoll said the fire took a half-hour to get under control. There were no serious injuries. One resident, who tried to stop the fire with a fire extinguisher, was treated on-scene for smoke inhalation by a Dover ambulance crew. The fire caused $20,000 worth of damage to the house, including fire and heat damage in the basement and smoke damage throughout the building. Newington Fire and Rescue and the Portsmouth Fire Department also responded to the scene. Public works has secured the house until they can inspect the property Monday.


Kitchen fire causes $60,000 in damage in Springfield Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 8:57 PM Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 9:10 PM

SPRINGFIELD - A kitchen was gutted by fire after power was restored at 17 Kipling St. Saturday night, according to Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger. Leger said the fire broke out when no one was home, about 20 minutes after electricity was restored to the area, and caused approximately $60,000 in damage. He said the home, a two-story Colonial in the east Forest Park section, also had heavy smoke damage. He said the fire started in the area of an electronic teapot, microwave and another appliance. Leger advises residents to make sure all appliances are off, or unplugged, if they have been without electricity for several days. Residents in areas affected by the tornado on June 1 also can turn off the main switch on their electrical breakers or remove the fuses in order to reduce the risk of a fire when electricity is restored. "Turning off the main switch reduces the risk of a surge in your home and if you have a generator hooked up to your house, it reduces the risk if fire from that," said Leger. "We have also had two fires caused by people lighting with candles, so we are reminding everybody that flashlights are much safer."


Fire chief: Short circuit caused Vine St. blaze Published: June 5, 2011

A fire that heavily damaged the upper floors of a home at 131 S. Vine St. in Hazleton on Friday was accidental, investigators determined. Hazleton Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mandak said Saturday it appears the fire was ignited by a short circuit of an electrical switch. City fire officials were back at the scene Saturday with a state police fire marshal.
Mandak said most of the damage was contained to the front and middle bedrooms of the home. The other half of the double house, at 129 S. Vine St., and a neighboring home at 133 S. Vine sustained smoke and water damage. The son of the family occupying 131 S. Vine was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and later flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to Mandak. His condition is unknown. A dog and cat belonging to people in the affected homes were OK and unharmed by the fire, Mandak said. - Tom Ragan


Logs show desperate hunt for doomed SF firefighters - Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer - Saturday, June 4, 2011 (EDITOR'S NOTE: Firefighter Anthony Valerio died Saturday morning. See separate updated story.) Fire commanders at the scene of Thursday's house blaze in San Francisco's Diamond Heights desperately sought to find a crew of firefighters when they became separated from their colleagues, but couldn't locate them before two of them were enveloped in a superheated flareup, radio logs and dispatch recordings show. The fire at 133 Berkeley Way began about 10:44 a.m., apparently when an electrical outlet sparked and ignited curtains in the ground-level living room of the four-story home, one of the occupants of the home told dispatchers. The woman and three children in the home at the time escaped unharmed. About 20 minutes after the first firefighters arrived, superheated gases ignited in a room where a two-man crew from the neighborhood station house was fighting the blaze. The leader of the crew, Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, was killed, and his colleague Anthony Valerio, 53, was in critical condition Friday night at San Francisco General Hospital. The Fire Department is investigating what happened but did not issue any updates on the probe Friday. Dispatch logs and recordings shed light on how what the first responding firefighters called a "low-grade" blaze went tragically wrong. 'Zero visibility' Perez, a 21-year veteran firefighter, and two colleagues from Engine Company 26 in Diamond Heights were the first to arrive at 10:47 a.m., the dispatch log shows. Dispatch tapes captured him coughing as he reported on the situation. "We have an active fire, zero visibility, third floor," Perez said. The home's third floor is actually the ground level from the street, with two floors below it built into a hillside. A scene commander, identified by firefighters as Battalion Chief Thomas Abbott, ordered a crew from Engine Company 24 to back up Perez's crew inside the building. For several minutes, however, scene commanders repeatedly tried to find the Engine 26 firefighters, without success. Finally, what appeared to be the last communication from the crew came over the radio. "This is 26, this is 26. ... Battalion 6, what's your location?" said a muffled voice. "Twenty-six, this is command, I need to know your ..." came in reply. "This is Engine 26, we're on the third ..." At that point, the voice over the radio trailed off. Venting gases Another crew soon asked the command post for permission to cut a hole in the roof to allow superheating gases to escape from the home. It is not clear whether anyone had done that in the dozen or so minutes firefighters had been on the scene, but it would have been a crucial step in preventing what happened to Perez and Valerio.The two firefighters were alone when they were overcome, and exactly when the deadly flareup happened is unclear. One mystery raised by the dispatch tapes concerns a radio message that a dispatcher sent to the Berkeley Way command post at about 11:07 a.m. She said, "Engine 20 activated their emergency alarm and they haven't confirmed their response for five minutes." The emergency alarm is a red panic button that all firefighters carry on their radios. On Thursday, Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the alarm had come from one of the fallen firefighters. However, Engine 20 was a different company, which was not yet at the fire scene. A fire official close to the investigation, speaking on condition he not be named because the probe is in its early stages, said someone on Engine 20 may have pressed a panic button accidentally while en route to Berkeley Way. A hurried check A commander at the scene, however, said he was heading into the house anyway when he got the dispatcher's radio call. "I copy that, I'm going to look for them right now," said the commander, who is not identified on the tape. A few seconds later, about 11:10 a.m., a firefighter announced that he needed medics right away. "I've got a man down," the firefighter said, his voice surging with adrenaline. "Come through the front door, go down the stairs to the right, do you copy?" Chief Joanne Hayes-White said the whole episode, including the communications dispatches, will be under review as part of the investigation. "We want to do a complete and through investigation," Hayes-White said. "Right now, my complete attention is on Perez and Valerio. We're holding out hope for Tony - he's a fighter." ll


3 Vancouver fires not linked say investigators - CBC News - Posted: Jun 3, 2011 7:02 AM PT - Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 6:04 PM PT

Vancouver firefighters were called out to three fires on Friday morning, including a small fire at the Babies R' Us store at 1154 West Broadway that shut down traffic between Oak and Cambie Streets for several hours. The fire was started inside the building and caused a substantial amount of damage, but firefighters appeared to have the blaze under control by 8:30 a.m. PT, according to Captain Gabe Roder.
The fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a light fixture, said Roder, who was anxious to calm fears that an arsonist might be at work. Earlier Friday morning there were two fires at homes in the Shaughnessy area on the West Side of Vancouver, but Roder said investigators have found nothing to indicate any of the fires are connected. "..."

Jun 3, 2011 posted by: Kelli Steele - WGMD News - UPDATED: Seaford fire displaces family of 8 - UPDATE - 3:30PM -

Fire damaged a North Pine Street home in Seaford around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. A smoke detector alerted the residents who were able to get out safely. The State Fire Marshal says the fire began in the wall because of an electrical malfunction in the wiring. The Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula is helping the family of 8 after fire damaged their home yesterday. The family of 7 adults and one child has a place to stay so the Red Cross is helping with groceries and clothing. ORIGINAL STORY: An electrical malfunction in the wiring caused a house fire in Seaford Thursday afternoon. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says firemen from Seaford, Blades, Laurel and Millsboro got the call around 4:30 p.m. When they arrived at the home on North Pine Street, there was heavy smoke coming from the second floor. The homeowners were able to escape the flames thanks to an activated smoke detector. Damage has been estimated at $50,000. "..."

RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2011
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a structure fire that occurred on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM on North Pine Street, Seaford, Delaware.
The Seaford Fire Department assisted by the Blades, Laurel and Millsboro Fire Departments responded to the scene. Upon arrival they encountered heavy smoke showing from the second floor of the dwelling.
The occupants of the dwelling were alerted to the fire by activation of a smoke detector and were able to escape the dwelling without injury. Damages have been estimated at approximately $50,000. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office Investigators have determined that the fire originated in the wall and was caused by an electrical malfunction in the house wiring.

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Early-morning fires claim 3 homes By Andy Paras Friday, June 3, 2011

Six children are being hailed as "saviors" after they alerted their father to a fire that started because of an electrical short in their bedroom early Thursday. The fire that destroyed their Moncks Corner-area home was one of three house fires in the morning hours that left at least 10 people homeless and killed a family pet. Fire also destroyed homes on James Island and in Ravenel. Moncks Corner Rural Fire Chief Scott Lee said the fire at 217 Mattie Lane started about 5:40 a.m. in a children's bedroom. The children woke up their father. Their mother had already left for work. "The kids were actually saviors this morning by getting their daddy up," Lee said. The father rushed the children to a relative's house next door before firefighters arrived to find the blaze already coming out of the roof of the two-story block structure. Lee said response was delayed by a live power line in the yard. It was turned off and the fire was contained about 30 minutes later, he said. The family's pit bull that was tied to a tree with a heavy chain died as a result of the fire. Firefighters braving the heat couldn't free it in time, Lee said. Whitesville, Santee Circle and Macedonia fire departments assisted in putting out the blaze. The family of eight has set up a Dixon Family fund at any Carolina First Bank for anyone who would like to help. The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the family as well as two people who lost their Ravenel home to a fire. St. Paul's firefighters responded to a single-wide mobile home at 5954 McKnight Village Road in Ravenel about 7:30 a.m., Battalion Chief Curtis Washington said. He said the structure was already engulfed when they arrived and burned completely. No one was inside when they arrived and no one was hurt. Three fire departments also put out a fire on James Island early Thursday morning. James Island, Charleston and St. Andrews firefighters responded to 1732 James Prioleau Road at 1:13 a.m. and found the house engulfed, James Island Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Glick said. Glick said the roof and walls caved in. Firefighters brought it under control in about an hour using a ladder truck. There were no signs that anyone was home at the time, he said. Since the house was engulfed when they arrived and because no one was home, firefighters contacted the Charleston Fire Department's fire marshal and Charleston County Sheriff's Office to help in the investigation, Glick said. The Sheriff's Office was investigating the possibility of arson. The local Red Cross chapter has assisted 1,120 people in the seven-county Lowcountry region since Jan. 1. Anyone who would like to help can contact the Red Cross at 843 764-2323 ext. 368 or by visiting


Electrical fire damages Bangor home By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff Posted June 02, 2011, at 2:47 p.m.
Last modified June 02, 2011, at 8:03 p.m

BANGOR, Maine - The second floor of a home at 161 Stillwater Ave. received significant smoke and heat damage Thursday in an early morning blaze. The first floor was almost untouched, according to the Bangor Fire Department. The electrical fire was determined to be accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said Thursday evening. It started in the dressing room next to the master bedroom, he said. No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 2:24 a.m. The home, located near Birch Street, is owned by Al Sabin, who told investigators that he has lived there since 1950. The fire was reported by Sabin's son, who was sleeping downstairs on a sofa. He called 911 after he woke up coughing from the smoke, according to Cheverie. The house has never had smoke detectors, the assistant chief said. "This was a lucky outcome given that there were no smoke detectors," Cheverie said. "If the son had not been able to wake up when he began coughing, the outcome could have been much more severe. This is why we tell everybody to have smoke detectors and to test them often." BDN writer Christopher Cousins contributed to this report. "..."

Minor Electrical Fire at Annapolis Middle School - Late night fire doesn't disrupt classes for students.
By John Wilfong | Email the author | June 2, 2011

A minor electrical fire at Annapolis Middle School late Wednesday night did not cause much damage and did not impact the students' school day. Anne Arundel County Fire Department Capt. James Rostek said the department responded to the school just before midnight for an alarm. He said firefighters found some smoke in the buidling when they arrived at the school. Bob Mosier, county schools spokesman, said the fire was in a sub-breaker box. Rostek said crews put out the fire and ventilated the building. He said the cause of the fire is not suspicious and there were no injuries reported. Mosier said electricity was restored to the building by 3 a.m. He said the fire had no impact on the school day for students, that it was business as usual on Thursday. Associate Regional Editor Susan Jenkins contributed to this article.
Electrical short caused restaurant fire - Damage estimated at $5M
Updated: Thursday, 02 Jun 2011, 10:34 AM EDT - Published : Thursday, 02 Jun 2011, 10:34 AM EDT
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News fire officials say an electrical short caused a massive fire at the Water's Edge Restaurant this past Sunday. An early morning fire destroyed the restaurant that had gone out of business several months prior to the fire. Officials say the fire started in an apartment located above the restaurant. The fire was reported at 2:54 a.m., according to officials. Upon arrival, crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the roof of the structure, as well as the rear of the structure. Additional crews were called in as water supply issues created a challenge for firefighters. Officials say there was just one hydrant with a limited amount of water available to fight the fire. Due to challenges with the limited water supply, officials were forced to place an engine on a boat ramp and draft water from the Deep Creek Marina. At the time of the fire, two of the five occupants were home asleep in the apartment. They were able to safely escape by crawling out of a second-story window and onto the porch roof. One of the occupants was transported by ambulance to Riverside Hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The fire was declared under control at about 4:30 a.m. Five people were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was called in to assist. The building was condemned and damage has been estimated at $500,000.00. Officials say it's likely the building will be torn down. The Newport News Fire Department would like to remind everyone that smoke detectors save lives. Test your detectors monthly and follow the manufacturer's instructions on when and if to change the batteries. The NNFD will install free smoke detectors for any Newport News homeowner. Please call the "Smoke Detector Hotline" at 926-8009 to make arrangements

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Mall stores back in business Posted: Jun 02, 2011 9:12 PM Thursday, June 2, 2011 3:12 PM EST Updated: Jun 08, 2011 12:11 AM Tuesday, June 7, 2011 6:11 PM EST - By Jennifer Emert - Albany, Ga.

A day after an electrical fire forced some stores at the Albany Mall to close early, most of them reopened on time Thursday morning. Foot Action is the only store that remains closed. Nearly a half dozen stores shut down Wednesday afternoon when a fire sparked in an electrical box in a service hallway behind Foot Action. Crews cut power to about half the mall for several hours. A fire wall prevented the flames from spreading. "It's a two hour rating, and it's supposed to stop it from getting into the store, which is what it did," said Debra Rowe of the Albany Mall.Mall managers say security workers worked quickly to get customers to safety and to inform stores that their power would be cut. They also praised the quick response from the Albany Fire Department. Firefighters used dry chemicals to extinguish the electrical fire. As soon as Foot Action makes necessary repairs, they'll reopen.


ALBANY, Ga. - The "boom" reverberated through his store, but caused no damage when an electric box shorted out at the Albany Mall, a store manager said.

Albany Fire Department firefighters responded to a 4:25 p.m. call Wednesday at the mall to find an electrical fire in a wiring box, said Battalion Fire Chief J.K. Ambrose.

The box supplies electricity to the Foot Action store, which is the only store that closed for the night, said Debra Rowe, mall marketing director. It is expected to reopen today.Bob Trask, Radio Shack manager, said he heard the blast of the box shorting out, but he expected to reopen later Wednesday without any problems. The damage to the electric box and the walls around it could run anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 to repair, said Ambrose. Water, Gas & Light Commission crews were on the scene to handle the electricity, which was cut off from the food court through Sears, he added. "W,G & L shut the power to section D of the mall (the west end)," Ambrose said. "There were no injuries involved."

Electrical fire damages house By Bob Braley Thursday, June 02, 2011, 12:10am

ALBION - An electrical surge caused by a broken ground led to a small explosion and fire that damaged a rural Albion house Monday, according to the Noble Township Fire Department. Thel surge caused a circuit overload in the house at 3523 S. U.S. 33, which caused a surge protector in a bedroom to explode, said Noble Township Fire Chief Dave Click. The fire in the home of Natalie Hoskins was reported at 3:05 p.m. Monday. Some firefighters who lived nearby were on the scene within..."To read the rest of this article please subscribe or sign in at right "

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Eisenhower and international foundation promote home safety 2011-06-03 / News Update
DDEAMC Safety Office

May was National Electrical Safety Month, June is National Safety Month and Eisenhower Army Medical Center is cooperating with the Electrical Safety Foundation International to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year's campaign challenges people across the country to evaluate the electrical safety of their own homes."The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where families and friends usually gather whenever they visit, but it's also the location where twothirds of all home fires start," cautions Mr. Joseph Lowe, DDEAMC Safety Specialist. "Kitchen fires can be devastating because they can spread the quickest and injure the homeowner who is attempting to put them out with a small extinguisher. Always cover grease fires instead of using an extinguisher or throwing anything on it like water, flour, baking soda, etc."
Use these simple safety tips from DDEAMC's Safety Offi ce to identify and correct potential hazards in the kitchen before someone gets hurt:o Keep the cooking area around the stove/oven clear of combustibles, such as towels, napkins, and pot holders. Clean the filters in the venting system over the stove regularly. Grease build up can cause fires that can quickly destroy a home. o Locate all appliances away from the sink. Plug counter top appliances into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. Test all GFCI outlets every quarter to ensure that they still function. Push the "test" button and plug something in. It should not work. Then press in "reset" and it should come on. o Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster. Unplug the toaster and other counter top appliances when not in use. Periodically check the toaster's power cord at the plug. If it's hot, quit using it! You may start a fire inside the wall! o Make sure there is room behind the refrigerator for air to circulate. Vacuum refrigerator coils every three months to eliminate dirt buildup that can reduce effi ciency and creates a fire hazard. Remember to check the plug and cord on the vacuum.o Any electric shock from a major appliance can indicate an extremely hazardous wiring condition. Turn the power to the appliance off at the circuit breaker and do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by a licensed electrician. "Be sure the circuit breakers are labeled correctly in the circuit breaker box and you are familiar with all the locations of the outlets listed. Much damage can be avoided if you turn off the power to an appliance that is starting to smoke." o Do not create an "electrical octopus" by having surge protectors or extension cords in every wall outlet. Check often for unusual warmth at the plug. 4300 houses are burned each year because of electrical issues. If you smell plastic getting hot, find it! The life you save may be your own! "A healthy respect for electricity and a basic knowledge of electrical safety practices can help keep your home and family safe from electrical hazards," notes Mr. Lowe. "But be prepared. Have an evacuation plan and practice it with your family. Remember the acronym R. A. C. E which stands for Rescue, Alarm, Contain, Extinguish. Teach everyone to always call 911, even if you think the fire is out. Test your smoke detectors and change the batteries when you change the clocks to Daylight Savings Time or back again. Always have a fire extinguisher that is suited to the surrounding hazards. If its 10 years old or more, replace it." Making a few easy changes to improve safety can also lead to increased energy efficiency and savings on utility bills. Visit ESFI's Virtual Home at to learn more about home electrical safety.

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Firefighters rescue sleeping man from burning apartment
Fire damage displaced eight families at Bay Breeze Apartment Homes on Thursday afternoon. By Nikki Villoria (contact) Published Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:35 p.m. Updated Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 9:59 p.m.
Firefighters rescued a sleeping man from a fire that displaced six families at a Henderson apartment complex Thursday evening, fire officials said. Nobody was injured, officials said. Henderson Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Morris said the fire might have been electrical, but the cause is under investigation. The blaze started about 4 p.m. in the attic of an upstairs unit at Bay Breeze Apartment Homes, near Green Valley Parkway and Warm Springs Road, and spread to five other apartments. Morris said the first crew to arrive entered the apartment where the fire started and found a man sleeping on the couch. Firefighters woke him up and evacuated him to safety. Eleven people and their pets were evacuated from the apartments, fire officials said. The blaze, which took about 15 minutes to extinguish, did about $125,000 damage. The Red Cross arrived as residents were being evacuated and is assisting the families and their pets with food and shelter until they can make alternate arrangements or return to their homes. "We are going to have a follow-up case worker that will work with them getting more services that will help them get re-established and long-term housing if some of them need long-term housing," said Sherri Terando, an assistance worker with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Apartment manager Emily Neilson said this is the first time there's been a fire at the complex. "Our concern right now is the residents and making sure they are comfortable and have a place to stay," Neilson said.

UPDATE: Baldwin Oaks Evacuation Over; Cause of Electrical Surge Under Investigation
Police, fire and rescue teams still on the scene at 400-resident senior apartment complex. By Natalie Davis June 2, 2011

Residents are back in their homes at the Baldwin Oaks Senior Apartments after a power surge around noon forced an evacuation. District 5 Fire Chief Dave Cavaliere said it is not yet known what caused the electrical spike that blew out the fire compression and detection systems in the building. Also knocked out were lights, alarm systems and elevators. "It could have been air conditioning, lightning, an act of God. Right now, we don't know," Cavaliere said. "It's all back up and running, except for stairwell lights. Electricians and Jersey City Power and Light are working on them now."

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Electrical short causes fire June 2, 2011 By NANCY TULLIS - Hancock County Reporter ( , The Review

CHESTER - A city man is staying with family members after he was burned out of his Indiana Avenue home on Wednesday afternoon. Three volunteer fire departments responded to a fire at the home of Delbert Reed at 528 Indiana Ave. Fire Chief John Hissam said Reed is the sole occupant of the one-story, woodframe structure. Reed was not home at the time of the fire. Firefighter Brian Handley said Hancock County 911 received the fire call at 4:57 p.m. The first Chester VFD unit was on the scene at 4:59 p.m. Handley said his department had a meeting scheduled Wednesday and many firefighters were already at the station when the call came in. Reed's home is also just a few blocks from the Chester VFD station. The cause of the fire was a short in an electrical outlet, Handley said. He said the estimated loss is $75,000 for the structure and $15,000 to $20,000 for the contents.
Handley said the firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof after the fire spread into the attic. Hissam said no fire was visible from outside the home when firefighters first arrived. "We knocked the fire down quickly, but it had already destroyed the living area and about half of the kitchen," Hissam said. Chester responded with 16 firefighters, Newell with seven and Lawrenceville with 10, Handley said. Also on the scene were a Chester-Newell Ambulance crew, Chester police and Hancock County Sheriff's Office deputies. Firefighters had cleared the scene by 6:47 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Garage fire that damaged Norfolk home ruled arson By Cindy Clayton The Virginian-Pilot June 2, 2011

NORFOLK- A garage fire that damaged a home this morning in the 1300 block of Longwood Drive has been ruled an arson. The residents of the home called 911 about 3:15 a.m. and reported that they smelled smoke, but couldn't determine the source, said Norfolk Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Harry Worley. When firefighters arrived, they found light smoke billowing from the attached garage and found that flames had spread to the kitchen. The fire was under control in about 20 minutes. No injuries were reported. Worley emphasized that while the blaze is suspicious and under investigation, it is not connected to three other recent fires in that area. Two of the fires were not suspicious and the third was sparked by an electrical problem. The residents of this morning's fire were displaced because the home's utilities had to be turned off.

Mon Incline Back Open After Nearby Electrical Fire - Posted: 7:23 am EDT June 1, 2011Updated: 1:04 pm EDT June 1, 2011 MOUNT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Monongahela Incline is back open after a nearby transformer fire caused a power outage in Mount Washington. The transformer failed and caught fire near two apartment buildings early Wednesday morning. Both Grand Avenue apartment buildings were without electricity while crews worked on the transformer. Officials said the Mon Incline also experiences problems due to the blaze.No injuries were reported.

Mahanoy Area students return to school after fire
By JOHN E. USALIS (Staff Writer) Published: June 2, 2011
The Mahanoy Area High School building was full of energy and activity Wednesday afternoon as elementary students filled the classrooms, halls and the outdoor play areas as the school district continues to adjust to the aftermath of Monday's fire in the middle school in Mahanoy City. The Memorial Day blaze accidentally began in a cafeteria storage room Monday morning, causing extensive damage to that section of the middle school and affecting the rest of the middle and elementary school buildings. State police Fire Marshal Michael Yeity ruled the fire was electrical and started between the first and second floors. The heat caused buckling of girders on the second floor. The sounds of the children in the school were a welcome reminder of some aspect of normalcy. "Everything is going well today and everybody's working together," said Acting Superintendent Joie Green. "The middle school head teacher met with the teachers and the elementary principal met with her staff to explain everything. We had the elementary kids in the gym and the elementary cafeteria in the morning, and they're utilizing the high school classrooms in the afternoon once we sent the high school students home. The high school teachers are sharing their classrooms with the elementary students and teachers and working with them." Since the middle school is closed due to the fire damage and the elementary school is closed because of smoke and soot, the high school is being utilized to its fullest. On Wednesday, high school students came in just for the morning and were dismissed at 11 a.m. Seniors went on a scheduled field trip as part of their graduation requirements. The elementary school students attended for the entire day. Middle school students did not attend school. Green said the elementary students are attending full days to meet state Department of Education requirements. A request to PDE to waive the requirement because of the situation involving the fire has been sent. The elementary students are required to have at least 900 hours of instruction during the school year. According to the original schedule, elementary students would have finished the year with 904 hours, but the fire changed the schedule, so the waiver would excuse any remaining hours. "I did get in touch with the Department of Education and they told me that they would most likely approve our request for the waiver. I had to send it on our letterhead, which I did first thing this morning," said Green. "We're just waiting to hear back from PDE." Green said the middle school and high school students had some field trips to finish the year. "The high school students came in today to clean out their lockers, hand in their books, things like that, and then the rest of the week they'll be in for field trips and things for graduation requirements. Those things have to be done," Green said. When asked about waiving final exams for the high school students, Green said the senior class had completed their exams before the fire. The exams are waived for grades 9 to 11 due to time constraints. Green said the district does not need any special permission to waive final exams. "Each school is individual on that decision. Because we don't have enough time and we have to share the building with the elementary students, we're not going to do finals," Green said. "A lot of people are questioning us about kindergarten graduation and eighth-grade graduation. We just don't have the room to do it. The main thing has to be the senior graduation, and we have to get that gym ready for that." Assessing the fire damage is being planned as soon as possible. "We will be talking to the engineers as to how much it's going to cost us to get this fixed and what we have to do," Green said. "The structural damage includes the floor on the second floor, which has actually sunk, and the ceiling on the second floor has sunk. There are cracks in the wall, so all of that will have to be looked at." Announcements and a detailed schedule for the remainder of the school year is available at


Garage fire leaves four homeless

PORTERSVILLE - Steve Gilbert only had time to grab a cordless phone to call for help before running from a fire that destroyed a garage and part of a house. A Wednesday afternoon fire starting in the garage has left the ranch-style home with yellow siding at 2862 Township Road 318, outside of Portersville in Perry County, a total loss, according to fire officials.Gilbert is from Dayton and has been staying at the home visiting friends since December. The house was being rented by Anne Oldham and her daughter, Becky Garrett. Gilbert said Oldham's son's fiancee was also staying there. The three were in Zanesville shopping, Gilbert said. He was the only one home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. "I don't know where everybody is going to go," he said. Lt. Mark Dalrymple of the Crooksville Volunteer Fire Department said the call was received about 1:45 p.m. Personnel were sifting through debris and taking care of smoldering hot spots by 3 p.m. Dalrymple said when personnel arrived the garage was destroyed and half the house nearest the garage was fully engulfed. Dalrymple said the fire is not considered to be suspicious. He said the fire started in the garage and is considered to be electrical. Gilbert said only an old refrigerator was plugged in and using electricity in the garage. He said he noticed lights in the house flicker a few times earlier in the day, which Dalrymple said could have been indicative of electrical trouble. "I was in the bathroom and heard a big boom noise. I came out and the living room was already full of smoke," Gilbert said. "I tried to open the garage door that goes out from the house, but there were too many flames already." Assisting on scene were the Roseville, New Lexington, Corning and Malta and McConnelsville fire departments. Dalrymple said the Red Cross had been contacted and would be helping the family.


Downed tree knocks out power, causes electrical damage and one fire By: Bethany Monroe - Published: 6/2/2011 6:58:46 PM - Last Updated: 6/3/2011 12:04:31 PM

A downed tree knocked out power lines Thursday evening near the intersection of S. Molalla Avenue and

UPDATE: Baldwin Oaks Evacuation Over; Cause of Electrical Surge Under Investigation
Police, fire and rescue teams still on the scene at 400-resident senior apartment complex. By Natalie Davis June 2, 2011

Residents are back in their homes at the Baldwin Oaks Senior Apartments after a power surge around noon forced an evacuation. District 5 Fire Chief Dave Cavaliere said it is not yet known what caused the electrical spike that blew out the fire compression and detection systems in the building. Also knocked out were lights, alarm systems and elevators. "It could have been air conditioning, lightning, an act of God. Right now, we don't know," Cavaliere said. "It's all back up and running, except for stairwell lights. Electricians and Jersey City Power and Light are working on them now." Wilhoit Road, causing electrical damage to some nearby homes which led to a fire in one.

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June 1, 2011
Family of five displaced after Alexandria fire No injuries in Tuesday night blaze - By Abbey Doyle The Herald Bulletin

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. - A home's electrical system was damaged in a fire, forcing a family to live in temporary housing Wednesday. Damage to the Alexandria home from Tuesday's fire was contained to a utility room, but the blaze destroyed the two-story home's electrical system. About 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Alexandria firefighters responded to a blaze in the 300 block of East Sixth Street, Fire Chief Bruce Waters said. The electrical fire was contained to the area around the circuit breaker box in a utility room, he said, and smoke was contained to that area and the attic. The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis provided assistance to the family of five - two adults and three children - providing them with vouchers for temporary lodging. A Red Cross case manager planned to assess the family's other short-term needs, provide additional Red Cross assistance as necessary and refer the family to services available through other agencies, according to the agency. Waters said that although there wasn't damage to the majority of the wood-framed home, the entire electrical system will need to be replaced. Alexandria firefighters were assisted by the Summitville Fire Department. Contact Abbey Doyle: 640-4805,

Electrical fire temporarily closes part of Albany Mall June 2, 2011

A short in an electrical box erupted into a fire Wednesday that shut the Sears end of the Albany Mall, authorities say. - Pete Skiba, staff writer Posted: 5:20 PM Jun 1, 2011 Reporter: Pete Skiba, staff writer
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ALBANY, Ga. - The "boom" reverberated through his store, but caused no damage when an electric box shorted out at the Albany Mall, a store manager said. Albany Fire Department firefighters responded to a 4:25 p.m. call Wednesday at the mall to find an electrical fire in a wiring box, said Battalion Fire Chief J.K. Ambrose. The box supplies electricity to the Foot Action store, which is the only store that closed for the night, said Debra Rowe, mall marketing director. It is expected to reopen today. Bob Trask, Radio Shack manager, said he heard the blast of the box shorting out, but he expected to reopen later Wednesday without any problems. The damage to the electric box and the walls around it could run anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 to repair, said Ambrose. Water, Gas & Light Commission crews were on the scene to handle the electricity, which was cut off from the food court through Sears, he added. "W,G & L shut the power to section D of the mall (the west end)," Ambrose said. "There were no injuries involved."

A faulty air conditioner can make your home dangerously hot Jun 1, 2011 4:04 PM

Air conditioners are meant to keep your home cool, but they can have quite the opposite effect if malfunctions occur. No joke: Between 2005 and 2009, A/C equipment caused an annual average of 2,346 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The blazes resulted in an average of 2 deaths, 99 injuries, and $53 million in property damage. The NFPA data doesn't distinguish between room A/Cs and central air conditioning. But the data does indicate that 27 percent of fires start in the bedroom, while just 11 percent start in a duct. That suggests that room A/Cs are the bigger culprit. An earlier report by the U.S. Fire Administration confirms this, showing that room units account for 55 percent of all home fires, even though they're just 35 percent of installations. Electrical and mechanical failures, such as a short circuit, are the leading cause of A/C-related fires. Routine inspection is the best defense against electrical mishaps, especially if your home has antiquated wiring. And make sure smoke alarms are installed throughout your home and that they're in good working order. You also need to maintain your A/C equipment, which will minimize the risk of fire while also improving its efficiency. With room A/Cs, that means cleaning the filters once a month during the cooling season, and replacing filters that are damaged. Also, regularly vacuum coils and fins with an upholstery-brush attachment. And avoid "short cycling" by waiting 5 minutes after shutting off the unit before restarting it. That will allow pressure in the refrigeration system to equalize, avoiding stress on the compressor. Ready for a new A/C? Check our Ratings of several dozen models, as well as buying advice on sizing the unit to your space. If you have central air conditioning, have a licensed professional change all filters; clean and flush the coils, drain pan, and drainage system; vacuum the blower compartments; and check the refrigerant and mechanical components. -Daniel DiClerico

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