Recent Major Firefighting News: CA Fire Rages, Firefighter Deaths in U.S. and Abroad

June 17-24, 2016

Two firefighters died in the United States this week, and two firefighters were killed while battling a huge wildfire in Cyprus. A firefighter in Hong Kong was killed in a self-storage facility fire. The Erskine Fire in California spurred thousands of people to flee even as other wildfires tore through Western states, and tornadoes touched down in Illinois. In addition, a devastating tornado killed almost 100 people in China.

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HI Firefighter Dies Following Training Accident

Clifford Rigsbee of the Honolulu Fire Department died after being injured while training on personal watercraft last week.

Two Firefighters Die Battling Cyprus Wildfire

A huge forest fire continued to rage out of control for a third day in the mountains of the Mediterranean island. Two crew members died from injuries sustained when their truck slid down a 20-meter gully Monday.

NC Fire Chief Dies from Medical Emergency

Severn Fire Chief David K. Britt suffered a medical emergency at his home several hours after responding to a motor vehicle crash.


Firefighter Dies at Hong Kong Self-Storage Facility Fire

A firefighter died on Tuesday battling a four-alarm fire at a self-storage facility in the Ngau Tau Kok area of Hong Kong.


Flames Roar Through CA Homes; Thousands Flee

Dozens of homes burned to the ground as a wildfire raged over ridges and tore through rural communities in central California.

At Least Four Dead in WV Floods

Multiple fatalities have been reported in flooding that has devastated parts of the state, a state official said Friday morning.

Firefighters ‘Took a Beating’ in IL Rescue

An elderly man was trapped inside a burning home near Antioch Tuesday morning. Photos by Tim Olk

Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down in IL

At least six tornadoes touched down overnight as powerful storms swept across the upper Midwest, damaging rural communities and forcing thousands of soccer fans to seek shelter during the Copa America semifinal.

Court Rules on Milwaukee Residency Requirement

Milwaukee can no longer enforce a long-standing requirement that public workers, including firefighters and police, live within city limits, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Firefighter Reflects on Pulse Nightclub Attack Response

When Lt. Davis Odell Jr. walked out of Fire Station No. 5 to observe the scene of an emergency call at the Pulse nightclub just two doors down, he knew this emergency was different than the countless others he’d seen in his 35-year career. Pulse Shooting Victim Named Honorary Firefighter at Service

Family Survives PA House Explosion

State police are trying to determine what caused a house explosion that a Pennsylvania family miraculously survived.

Scores Reported Dead in Powerful Tornado in China

Rescuers in eastern China searched Friday for survivors of a tornado and hailstorm that killed at least 98 people as it swept over a city’s outskirts.


Roundup: Orlando (FL) Mass Shooting, Deadly L.A. Fire

Roundup: NC Firefighter Diving Death, NH Apartment Fire

Roundup: German Firefighter LODD, Texas Flood Deaths

Roundup: Thai Dorm Fire, KCFD Firefighter LODDs Report

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