Recent Major Firefighting News: Canadian Wildfire, 3 Firefighter On-Duty Deaths, Deadly NY Fire

A wildfire in Alberta, Cananda, has resulted in one of the largest evacuations in recent memory as thousands flee advancing flames in the province of Alberta. A 20-year-old firefighter died after a fire in a North Carolina shopping complex, and two other firefighters–in New York and Vermont–died of medical-related injuries.

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April 29-May 6, 2016

Gigantic Canadian Wildfire Prompts 80K to Flee

A wildfire in the Fort McMurray (Alberta) oil-sands region has destroyed thousands of homes and prompted an airlift of 8,000 evacuees thus far. More than 1,100 firefighters were operating at the fire.

Six Dead in NY Fire

Six people killed in a house fire in Syracuse were all members of the same family, authorities said.

Firefighter Dies in NC Fire

Richard Sheltra, 20, died while battling a three-alarm fire Saturday night in a Pineville shopping center. Another firefighter was injured. Lightning Strike Blamed in Fatal NC Fire

NY Firefighter Passes Away

Theodore A. Stafford, 73, of the Sag Harbor Fire Department died at home after responding to the station for an emergency call.

VT Firefighter Who Collapsed During Brush Fire Dies

Steven LaPierre, 58, died after suffering a heart attack while on the scene of a brush fire in Georgia.

SC Officials Search Records for Foam Use

The state is one of a dozen that are beginning to investigate whether a toxic firefighting foam that could be linked to groundwater contamination was ever used in the state.

Civilian Killed, KY Firefighter Trapped in KY Crash

A firefighter was reportedly trapped in the driver’s seat of a fire truck after a crash Monday afternoon that left one person dead.

Three Dead in OH Apartment Fire

A young child and two adults died in an early morning Springfield apartment fire Wednesday, fire officials said.

Firefighters Battle Huge Houston (TX) Warehouse Fire

A large fire Thursday caused explosions, forced the evacuation of hundreds of students from a nearby elementary school, and led to the contamination of nearby creeks with pollutants.

Historic NYC Church Burns

The fire gutted the Gothic-style Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Manhattan following the Orthodox Easter services there.

Poor Maintenance Blamed in D.C. Subway Fire

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says Washington’s subway system appears not to have made meaningful safety improvements since a fatal accident in 2009.

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