Recent Major Firefighting News: West (TX) Arson Revelation, NC Firefighter Fatality

May 6-13, 2016

The community of West, Texas, was shaken anew when federal officials said arson was the cause of the explosion of the devastating 2013 fertilizer plant explosion, which killed 15 people and injured hundreds. A North Carolina firefighter died from a heart attack after a response.

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Report: West (TX) Blast ‘A Criminal Act’

An intentionally set fire caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday. New Questions After Arson Revelation

NC Firefighter Dies After Responding to Accident

Kenly Firefighter John Morris Davis Jr. died from a heart attack after helping at a wreck Saturday evening. Hundreds Mourn Late NC Firefighter

Firefighters Injured in Canada Plant Fire

Several firefighters were hospitalized after battling a fire at a cement plant Tuesday in Edmonton, Alberta

Child Critical, Firefighters Hurt in GA Fire Truck Collision

A child was critically injured and three firefighters were also hurt Wednesday when a fire truck and a car collided in Clayton County.

Fairfax (VA) Firefighter Alleges Sex Harassment by Fire Captain

New accusations against the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, which is still reeling from the suicide of Nicole Mittendorf and allegations that she was harassed online.

Two Dead as Tornadoes Strike Plains

Tornadoes destroyed homes, overturned vehicles and stripped the bark from trees as they churned across Oklahoma, part of a strong series of storms that hit the Plains and injured at least 10 people.

Chicago Fire Department Collecting Bunker Gear from Paramedics

A union leader warned that the move could put the lives of paramedics and the general public in danger.

Smoking Material Blamed in Deadly Syracuse (NY) Fire

Authorities say a house fire that killed four children and two adults was an accident caused by smoking materials left on a porch.

Chief: 80-90 Hartford (CT) Firefighters May Opt to Retire Soon

As details emerge about concessions that Hartford Mayor Luke Broninis seeking from the union representing the city’s firefighters, dozens of high-ranking veterans are putting in for retirement.

Arrests in Jewish School Bus Fire in NYC

Officials say a number of boys have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a Jewish school bus in Brooklyn.

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