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    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A woman was arrested Thursday night for allegedly stealing a Riverside Fire Department truck and taking it on a joyride while first responders were handling a life-threatening medical emergency. This 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stealing a city of Riverside firetruck and taking it on a joyride. (CBSLA) “Two police officers responded first, they began CPR,” Riverside police Sgt. Juan Munoz said. “They saved the man’s life.” Munoz said that while firefighters were getting the victim, who had stopped breathing, into an ambulance, the suspect hopped inside their engine at Hole Avenue and drove it three miles away — to the eastbound Adams Street off-ramp on the 91 Freeway — colliding with at least two cars along the way. And when the fire engine finally came to a stop at the off-ramp, officers said the woman attempted to get into at least two other cars....
    “Almost every person we talk to has tears in their eyes, and then soon we’re all crying together.” — Geoffery Keller, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter whose home on Last Chance Road in Santa Cruz County was among the more than 550 destroyed by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire he and fellow firefighters have been battling.
    “In all fairness, they’re spread so thin — but my God, we’ve got nobody besides the people in this community.” — Robert Caldeira of Bonny Doon, who was defying evacuation orders Thursday morning to try to save his and his neighbors’ homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all state buildings Tuesday to honor the elite firefighters from Prescott who died in 2013 while battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position. Ducey called it was one of the most tragic days in state history. “The brave Yarnell 19 had their whole lives ahead of them," the governor said. “They had families, loved ones and friends who cared deeply about them. They knew the dangers of their job, but they did it anyway, with courage and an abiding sense of duty and commitment to our communities.” Ducey offered his prayers to the families of the firefighters and said the crew's sacrifices will be forever remembered and honored. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights...
    Firefighters responding to a small fire in a Woodland Hills house found a dead man inside who was not touched by the flames or smoke, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Monday. LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said firefighters found “contents burning in one room” in a house in the 23200 block of West Victory Boulevard and extinguished the flames by about 2:45 p.m. Monday. When firefighters searched the home, they found the dead man, who appeared to be in his late 50s, Prange said. “The patient didn’t come into contact with the fire or smoke,” Prange said. Los Angeles police and arson officials are investigating. The fire didn’t impact the walls of the home and no other victims were found inside. Prange said he could not give information about where the body was found in relation to the fire or his cause of death. California
    Connecticut firefighters had to rescue a man who was helping a friend move into a 177-year-old house and fell down an abandoned water well hidden under floorboards in one of the rooms. “Yup you read that correctly,” the Guilford police said on Facebook in reporting on the incident, which took place Sunday. “The house was built in 1843 and this well was most likely outside at the time. There was a renovation and addition in 1981. At some point this well was covered with simple wood flooring and no subfloor or well cap.” CONNECTICUT POLICE, WIFE SAVE MAN WHO FELL INTO WATER WHILE CRABBING AND ALMOST SWEPT INTO PIPE Connecticut firefighters rescued a man who had fallen down a 30-foot well that was underneath a sub floor in a house built in the late 1800’s. (Guilford Police Department) “While the new tenant was moving into the home today, a friend fell...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The FBI is investigating after officials in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington said Saturday that a piece of rope resembling a noose was found in a Black firefighter’s locker. FBI spokesman Kevin Smith told The Associated Press that the investigation is in its initial stages. The rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose and was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15, according to a news release Saturday from the city, which asked the FBI to investigate. The discovery was reported to Fire Department leaders eight days later, on Tuesday. “Acts like this that embody hate, intimidation, and aggression will not be tolerated,” Bloomington Fire Chief Ulie Seal said in the release. “The firefighter who brought this to our attention has demonstrated extreme strength and bravery and has done the right thing.” Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse said he is “disgusted,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – City officials in Bloomington, Minnesota, have asked the FBI to investigate after a piece of rope resembling a noose was found in a Black firefighter’s locker. Officials of the Minneapolis suburb said in a news release Saturday that the rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose and was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15. The discovery was reported to Bloomington Fire department leaders on Tuesday. Fire Chief Ulie Seal said such acts that “embody hate, intimidation, and aggression will not be tolerated.” Mayor Tim Busse said he is “disgusted, angry, and embarrassed by this cowardly act.” The City of Bloomington has asked the FBI to investigate the incident. People with tips or other knowledge about the incident are urged to contact the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office by calling 763-569-8000. The city will provide an update for the situation on Monday....
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Officials in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington said Saturday that they have asked the FBI to investigate after a piece of rope resembling a noose was found in a Black firefighter’s locker. The rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose and was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15, according to a news release from the city. The discovery was reported to Fire Department leaders eight days later, on Tuesday. “Acts like this that embody hate, intimidation, and aggression will not be tolerated,” Bloomington Fire Chief Ulie Seal said in the release. “The firefighter who brought this to our attention has demonstrated extreme strength and bravery and has done the right thing.” Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse said he is “disgusted, angry, and embarrassed by this cowardly act. To be clear, this incident is very serious and is being dealt with...
    After more than 100 D.C. firefighters survived COVID-19, many are now donating their plasma to help patients struggling to fight the virus in the hospital. Lt. Richard “Sid” Polish started feeling flu-like symptoms in late April, got tested for COVID-19 and tested positive. The firefighter assigned to Truck Company 9 on U Street Northwest said his symptoms remained mild but they persisted. “The most annoying symptom, if you want to say it that way, is I’d start to feel better and my symptoms would come back for two and a half to three weeks,” Polish said. A citizen who had learned that many D.C. Firefighters and EMTs had fallen ill and recovered from COVID-19 reached out to see if they’d be willing to donate plasma, thereby donating antibodies, to a local hospital where her mother was fighting the virus. D.C. Fire Assistant Chief John Donnelly talks with firefighter Kim Shaw...
    Firefighters were able to save religious artifacts for parishioners during a fire at a Fairfield County church. The fire, at the Greater St. John Fire-Baptized Holiness Church, at 804 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport, was reported around 11:20 p.m., Thursday, said Scott Appleby, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management.  Arriving firefighters found a working fire, but were able to extinguish without any injuries, Appleby said. During the fire, Appleby said firefighters were able to save religious artifacts found on the first floor.  The extent of damage to the church was not reported. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
    AUBURN (CBS13) — The last day of swift water rescue training for a group of El Dorado Hills firefighters put their practice to the test Wednesday afternoon. “We immediately looked down the river and we could see a father and a three-year-old boy down about a hundred yards from where we were standing down in the water in a rapid,” Captain Brian Wilkey, El Dorado Hills Fire Department, said. The firefighters said their Sierra Rescue Internationa training instructor first noticed it and they followed in to help the boy and his father. “Myself and another one of the personnel that was in the class with us could see the young boy and he was at least three feet underwater. His eyes looked as big as saucers,” Wilkey said. Two bystanders tried to help along with the first responders and they too were overpowered by the river’s current. All of them...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio firefighters responding to a call for a structure fire at a Northwest Side H-E-B early Thursday morning instead found a bit of smoke and small electrical problem. Firefighters arrived just after 1 a.m. to the H-E-B grocery store in the 9900 block of Wurzbach Road, not far from Interstate 10 to find light smoke around the pharmacy. Firefighters said they laddered up to the roof and found the issue to be part of the ventilation system. Fire officials said they managed to fix the issue and that workers were allowed back into the building a short while later. There were no reports of injuries. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Police and fire officials in Westchester County are reviewing video surveillance to confirm if fireworks were responsible for a large fire that destroyed a building and left six families homeless. The fire started around 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 20, at 115 Stanley Ave., in Yonkers, said Yonkers Fire Chief Kevin Ford. More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire that grew to a four-alarm call as flames consumed the building as firefighters evacuated residents living in six apartments, Ford said. Ford said residents told fire officials that kids had been setting off fireworks in the area before the fire. Massive mounds of debris, such as mattresses and other garbage in the backyard, helped fuel the flames, Ford said. The roof collapsed inside the building, which also accelerated the fire.  Yonkers police are reviewing are surveillance to confirm if fireworks were ignited in the area, Ford said. The fire was extinguished...
    A massive marsh fire delayed Metro-North train service for nearly two hours and injured three firefighters. The blaze broke out around 8:45 p.m., Sunday, June 21, when the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call from a resident on Chestnut Street in Fairfield regarding a fire in their backyard. Fairfield firefighters responded and when on the scene could see a large column of smoke and fire in the area and called for backup, said Fairfield Fire Department Lt. Robert Smith. Units, under the command of Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir,  immediately deployed hand lines to protect the homes on Chestnut Street and start the initial attack on the fire. Residents told firefighters they heard fireworks going off in the area shortly before seeing the fire, Smith said. The fire continued to spread across a large area of marsh between Chestnut Street and Grasmere Avenue involving a portion of the Metro-North railroad tracks, Smith said. All train traffic was...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A vegetation fire burned about 2 acres immediately adjacent to the Martinez Amtrak station Saturday afternoon, but it was contained before it could spread south to downtown businesses, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said. The fire was reported about noon Saturday, said ConFire Capt. Joe Ottolini said. The flames worked their way along Alhambra Creek and south a short distance to near Marina Vista Avenue. The fire burned the area between the Amtrak station parking lot and the creek itself, going under a footbridge at John Sparacino Park. There were no injuries or structures threatened, Ottolini said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but there is no apparent cause. “We don’t have much to go on yet,” Ottolini said. Elsewhere in Conta Costa County, firefighters were crediting landowners who made “defensible space” around buildings for possibly saving several homes just off...
    BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Officials are searching for a suspect or suspects in connection with two arsons early Saturday morning. The fires broke out at adjacent buildings in the 1200 block of Bel Air Road just before 3:30 a.m., the state fire marshal’s office said. When firefighters arrived, they found the two buildings, which house a total of eight businesses, on fire. It took firefighters around 40 minutes to bring the flames under control. Fire marshals later deemed the fires to have been intentionally set. Two of the eight businesses suffered direct fire damage, the fire marshal’s office said. In total, the flames caused more than $1 million in damage to the buildings’ contents. Officials said a suspicious vehicle, possibly a 2015-2019 Dodge Ram Crew Cab, was spotted in the area. They’re asking anyone with information to call the Northeast Regional Office Tipline at 410-386-3050.
    Burlington County firefighters responded to a fully-involved blaze involving a motor home late Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. at 1291 Old York Road in Springfield, police said. The fire was contained to the RV, although there is a slight extension to the house, according to initial, unconfirmed reports. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.
    The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola writes: “Firefighters within the Minneapolis Fire Department are criticizing their leaders’ response in the nights of unrest following the killing of George Floyd, challenging the fire chief who did not call in major reinforcements as gas stations, post offices and businesses burned across the city. Chief John Fruetel relied on mobile units of firefighting crews and increased staff by about 10 during the height of the unrest. He did not follow St. Paul’s example in calling in more off-duty firefighters and, with one exception, did not call surrounding city fire departments for help.” For the Forum News Service, Dana Ferguson writes: “Gov. Tim Walz said he wouldn’t immediately heed the call from business owners around the state to allow businesses to fully open Friday and urged them to help enforce safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The comments come after local chambers...
    They may be New York’s Bravest, but they sure aren’t New York’s brightest. In a Brooklyn neighborhood overrun with nightly illegal fireworks, one resident found out that some of the amateur pyrotechnic aficionados are none other than local FDNY firefighters. The 33-year-old Crown Heights resident said he and his wife were passing by Ladder 123 on St. John’s Place near Schenectady Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night when he saw a group of firefighters ignite what appears to be a fountain firework display. “I thought it was young kids lighting it. And there are. But then I see the firefighters doing it — they should know better,” the man, a father to five children who asked his name not be used, told The Post. Video he recorded at the scene shows the firework spray sparks into the night air from a device on the street. The man said...
    Imagine there’s a fire at your home, but when the firefighters arrive, there’s no hydrant nearby. What do they do? In Fairfax County, it happened Tuesday morning in the 7100 block of Wolf Den Road when a garage went up in flames. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesman Bill Delaney said firefighters had to truck in water from a nearby pond that was about a quarter-mile away. He said pumper trucks rotated going back and forth from the pond to the home. UPDATE- house fire in 7100 block of Wolf Den Road in Clifton area. Fire out. Confined to outside and inside garage. No fire extension into home. No fire hydrants in area so crews using tanker relay from water source down street. Fairfax City FD & @PWCFireRescue assisting. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/b9wioxmszb — Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) June 16, 2020 Everyone in the home managed to get out safely, and the fire did...
    A Paterson woman was charged with leaving her two kids in a 140-degree car for nearly 25 minutes while she shopped in Secaucus, police said. A Restaurant Depot shopper who saw the girls, 4 and 2, inside of the car called police around 4 p.m. Friday, when the temperature outside was 85 degrees, Chief Dennis Miller told NJ.com. The girls were "sweating a profusely crying" after firefighters opened the car doors and took them out, Miller said. The temperature inside of the vehicle was approximately 140 degrees, according to Miller. Yamelth Olivo-Rodriguez, 23, was arrested when she came out to her car around 4:30 p.m., police said. She was charged with child endangerment, served a complaint and released from police custody. The girls were given fluids and evaluated at the scene then taken into protective custody, the chief said.
    A Paterson woman was charged with leaving her two kids in a 140-degree car for nearly 25 minutes while she shopped in Secaucus, police said. A Restaurant Depot shopper who saw the girls, 4 and 2, inside of the car called police around 4 p.m. Friday, when the temperature outside was 85 degrees, Chief Dennis Miller told NJ.com. The girls were "sweating a profusely crying" after firefighters opened the car doors and took them out, Miller said. The temperature inside of the vehicle was approximately 140 degrees, according to Miller. Yamelth Olivo-Rodriguez, 23, was arrested when she came out to her car around 4:30 p.m., police said. She was charged with child endangerment, served a complaint and released from police custody. The girls were given fluids and evaluated at the scene then taken into protective custody, the chief said.
    SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was injured Saturday night in a fire that was contained to the sixth floor of a senior housing complex at 1880 Pine Street near Japantown, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson said.All floors of the center were evacuated after the fire was reported at 8:07 p.m. Saturday. The one person who was injured was in stable condition, firefighters said. The nature of the injury was not immediately reported.Firefighters did not immediately know whether anyone in the senior housing complex has been displaced as a result of the fire. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the fire, its cause under investigation Saturday night.Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.
    A family was displaced and a dog hospitalized in a Montclair fire, officials said. Heavy smoke and flames shot out of front and side windows on the second floor of a Central Avenue home when firefighters arrived at 10:50 Friday morning, township officials said. Occupants had self-evacuated before firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze. The house suffered heavy fire and smoke damage on the second floor, and water damage on the first, officials said. The Red Cross responded to assist the family, and a dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment, reports say. Units from Blomfield, West Orange, Clifton and Caldwell also responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles firefighters and water-dropping helicopters stopped a fire that burned about 50 acres of brush and grass on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass along Interstate 405 early Wednesday. The fire erupted around 2 a.m. below the hilltop homes of Bel Air but there were no evacuations and no evacuations, the Fire Department said. Conditions were warm and dry but there was minimal wind. TOP STORIES Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime Trump orders U.S. to develop polar ice-breaking fleet for Arctic, Antarctic Riots spurred by death of George Floyd take heavy toll on black lives, communities Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries and returned to work, department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The fire occurred in the same area as a December 2017 fire that was...
    GAUHATI, India (AP) - A raging fire at a natural gas field in remote northeastern India has killed two firefighters and forced nearly 8,000 people to leave their homes, an official said Wednesday. Workers have been trying to cap the well since gas started leaking nearly two weeks ago, said Tridiv Hazarika, a spokesman for government-owned Oil India Limited, which operates the gas field in Baghjan, 550 kilometers (345 miles) east of Gauhati, the Assam state capital. The well caught fire with explosions Tuesday, when the two firefighters went missing. Their bodies were recovered Wednesday, Hazarika said. TOP STORIES Many fear that Vietnam could be the next target of a hostile takeover by China Defund police movement divides Democrats, disrupts Biden VP derby Trump orders U.S. to develop polar ice-breaking fleet for Arctic, Antarctic On Wednesday, flames were leaping nearly 50 feet (15 meters) into the sky more than...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. -- Firefighters have contained a grass fire southeast of Petaluma in Sonoma County at 141 acres, CAL FIRE said.Reported before 4 p.m. Saturday, the fire started in the 600 block of Stage Gulch Road in a rural area south of state Highway 116 (Lakeville Highway) about three miles southeast of Petaluma, CAL FIRE said.There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures, firefighters said.Low humidity and high winds helped the spread of this fire and two other large vegetation fires Saturday in the Bay Area. In Solano County, firefighters were contending with a grass fire southwest of Winters that, as of 6:30 p.m., has consumed about 500 acres and was threatening at least 100 structures. Mandatory evacuations were called in that area Saturday afternoon.In Concord in Contra Costa County, which as of 7 p.m. Saturday had grown to 136 acres. Contra Costa County fire crews reported...
    Firefighters, EMS crews and police were called to two separate, serious crashes in Ocean County shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, authorities said. A fatal crash on I-195 at 3:45 p.m. was being investigated by New Jersey state troopers. That crash in the vicinity of mile-marker 21 on the interstate in Jackson Township near Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park, according to initial reports. A medevac helicopter was called just before 4 p.m. to the scene of a second major collision involving a truck on Route 537 and Anderson Road, Jackson police said. This is a developing news story. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    Nine firefighters responding to a fire aboard a ship in Florida have been hospitalized after the ship exploded, injuring eight and sending one to a hospital for heat exhaustion, authorities said. The explosion occurred nearly three hours after firefighters first responded to a ship at Blount Island after reports of a fire on Thursday afternoon, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department tweeted. The ship, a Norwegian vessel called Hoegh Xiamen was carrying old and used cars and had been scheduled to leave Jacksonville, First Coast News reported. MASSIVE FIRE SHOOTS UP UAE HIGH-RISE TOWER, INJURIES REPORTED More than 20 crew members on the ship during the initial fire were able to safely get off before the explosion occurred, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and the blast happened with "crews inside fighting fire," Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers said.  In this image made from aerial video taken on...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nine firefighters responding to a fire aboard a ship in Florida have been hospitalized after the ship exploded, injuring eight and sending one to a hospital for heat exhaustion, authorities said. The explosion occurred nearly three hours after firefighters first responded to a ship at Blount Island after reports of a fire on Thursday afternoon, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department tweeted. The ship, a Norwegian vessel called Hoegh Xiamen was carrying old and used cars and had been scheduled to leave Jacksonville, First Coast News reported. More than 20 crew members on the ship during the initial fire were able to safely get off before the explosion occurred, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and the blast happened with “crews inside fighting fire,” Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers said. Of the nine firefighters hospitalized, four were treated for burns, one was taken into...
    As many marched through the streets of D.C. to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, flames could be seen late Saturday night near The Hay-Adams hotel on 16th Street Northwest. “When we arrived what we found is a several story high scaffolding that was part of a construction site along with the trash chute that they used to dump debris down from the upper floors to a dumpster below,” said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo. Maggiolo said a wooden section of the scaffolding was entirely engulfed in flames, but firefighters were able to control it fairly quickly. Some people in the area thought that the hotel was on fire, but flames were entirely on the exterior, according to Maggiolo. “There was no fire extension into The Hay-Adams whatsoever,” Maggiolo said. Update 800 block 16th St NW. #DCsBravest Tower 3, our aerial platform, extinguishs remaining pockets of fire...
    What started as a Queens rubbish fire ended with a grisly discovery. Firefighters were called to the HSBC Bank branch on Hillside Avenue just before 1 p.m. Saturday following reports of a blaze set near a dumpster on the side of the building, fire and police officials said. Firefighters extinguished the flames only to find a scorched, unidentified body underneath the burning rubbish, cops said. An NYPD spokesman said authorities were not able to immediately determine if the corpse was a male or female. The investigation is continuing, police said.  
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