SYDNEY — A number of elderly people were killed Friday and many more injured when a fire ripped through a nursing home in western Sydney, emergency services said.
Up to 90 firefighters, a large number of police and paramedics raced to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in the early hours of the morning when an automatic fire alarm went off to find a scene they said was “chaotic and tragic”.
“This has been a very, very serious fire, a tragic scene – a lot of people injured. There have been some fatalities, there may be more,” Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins told reporters.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said up to nine people died while Sky News cited police as saying “fewer than 10” with others rushed to hospital suffering smoke inhalation or burns.
“This is a firefighter’s worst nightmare,” Mullins added.
“Crews had to literally crawl on their hands and knees into every room in the complex, reach up under the beds, searching cupboards, anywhere where someone may have crawled away.”
Around 100 people were evacuated from the building.
Television pictures showed dozens of elderly people lying on beds or sitting in wheelchairs outside the home, some of them being attended to by paramedics.
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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.
"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."
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"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," Goodell said in a newly released Instagram video. "It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality."
Earth Has Hottest May on Record
"This is unquestionably an alarming sign."
The Earth just experienced its hottest May on record, scientists said Friday—just a day after it was announced that atmospheric CO2 levels hit a new high.
Scientists at Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced the temperature record Friday. The agency said that globally, last month 0.63°C warmer than the 1981-2020 average for May. That tops the previous warmest May, which occurred in 2016, by 0.05°C.