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More than 20 firefighters rescue U.S. student trapped inside giant vagina sculpture in Germany

In the space of 24 hours last week, southern Germany witnessed two spectacular rescue operations. Both involved men who had become trapped deep inside cave-like structures, and a large rescue team working together to set them free. But if explorer Johann Westhauser is expected to soon tell the world how…

Wildfire burns 250 square miles of southern Alaska wildlife refuge

A spreading Alaskan wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 1,000 buildings but firefighters have gained ground by containing about 30 percent of the wind-driven blaze, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said on Monday. The Funny River wildfire was burning on about 250 square miles (650 square km) of forest,…

Firefighters begin to gain ground against rash of San Diego wildfires

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Several thousand suburban San Diego residents forced to flee a wildfire threatening their community were allowed to return home on Friday as firefighters gained ground against a swarm of blazes burning in and around California’s second-largest city. The conflagrations, which marked an intense,…

Thirty feared dead in fire at Canadian retirement home

Canadian firefighters on Thursday searched the ashes of a Quebec retirement home that burned to the ground on a bleak midwinter night, leaving more than 30 residents feared dead. Officials said the remains of three victims had been recovered and some 30 more were unaccounted for, while the local fire…

Firefighters battle blazes in scorching Australia

Lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across southeast Australia overnight, officials said Wednesday, as firefighters battled to put out the flames and the country sweltered under a heatwave. In Victoria state, where catastrophic firestorms……

Force of 600 firefighters tighten grip over deadly Arizona wildfire

By Tim Gaynor PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters on Wednesday tightened their grip on a blaze in Arizona that killed 19 of their comrades days earlier in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in 80 years, and officials said they feared more bodies may be found during mop-up operations. Strong, erratic…

Military air tankers join fight against deadly Arizona wildfire

The US military ordered four air tankers to join fire-dousing efforts in Arizona, where firefighters were battling a still out-of-control inferno which killed 19 of their comrades. The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) planes will be redeployed from other states to help tackle blazes including the Yarnell Hill fire,…

Arizona mourns tragic loss of 19 fire fighters killed by massive wildfire

The bodies of 19 young firefighters killed in America’s deadliest wildfire in 80 years were removed in a cortege of white vans, as experts probed how they perished so suddenly. The names of the dead men, mostly in their 20s, were released a day after the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy,…

Obama honors those killed at Texas fertilizer plant explosion

President Barack Obama on Thursday eulogized 12 firefighters who were among 14 people killed in a massive blast at a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town, during a week of tragedy in America. Obama told mourners of those killed in the town of close-knit town of West that they…

Volunteer firefighting force decimated in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

Firefighters conduct a search and rescue operation at an apartment building destroyed by a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Thursday. The blast killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, including three firefighters, officials said overnight…  …

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