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Condor plane makes emergency landing in Mombasa after bird strike

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:37


A plane belonging to German leisure airline Condor on Tuesday morning made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport, Mombasa. 

Coast regional police boss Noah Mwivanda told the Nation that the craft landed after a bird strike.

The plane was taking tourists to Zanzibar for holiday.

Police said the incident happened shortly after take-off from the Kenyan airport at 9.30am.

A source said two crows flew into one of the plane’s engines.

The plane landed safely at the airport and there were no injuries, Mr Mwivanda said.

“I am informed that there was a bird strike but all the passengers are safe. They are awaiting further instructions,” said Mr Mwivanda.

When the Nation visited the airport, passengers were heading back to their hotels in Nyali.

One of the crew members, who sought anonymity because he is not authorised to give media briefings, said the tourists will take another plane to Zanzibar tomorrow.

A passenger who only identified himself as Morris said: “We just thank God we are okay. We are now heading to the hotel until tomorrow. I can’t wait to get there”.

Moi International Airport manager Walter Agong said the plane was in transit from Frankfurt, Germany.

“It was picking up some passengers here in Mombasa before taking off to Zanzibar,” he said.

Cases of bird strikes are increasingly being cited at the cause of emergency landings at the Mombasa airport.

In October last year, a Turkish Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a bird was sucked into one of its engines.


The flight was bound for Istanbul from the airport and 121 passengers affected.

The aggressive birds, which mostly scavenge at Mwakirunge dumpsite, have become a threat to the aviation industry as they also cause crashes.

The Mombasa county government has set out to address the menace.

In its county’s medium-term draft budget 2018/2019, Sh30 million has been set aside to fight the birds in five years.

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Couple safe after their small plane crashes in Cedar Key

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:35

CEDAR KEY, Fla. (WCJB)- A couple is safe after their small aircraft crashed into the water at the Cedar Key Airport today.

Levy County deputies say a couple from Miami was taking off from George T. Lewis around 4pm Monday.

When the plane wasn’t able to develop enough lift, it crashed into the water.

One resident says the plane crashed a couple yards away from his mother’s house, where he was visiting.

“We thought we heard something that sounded, you know, a little out of the ordinary but we did;t investigate. And we really didn’t know until we heard it on TV20,” Thane Fulmer, said.

Fulmer also says he’s glad to hear the couple was able to walk away from the crash.

Deputies say no injuries were reported.

Since 1982, there has been 35 airplane crashes at the airport, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

A total of 19 people have died.

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World War II plane crashes just after flying over Memorial Day ceremonies in Kansas

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:34


A World War II plane that had just finished flying over area ceremonies and cemeteries for Memorial Day crash-landed at Westport Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday afternoon. 

The 1943 Fairchild PT-23 plane was part of the Commemorative Air Force – Jayhawk Wing that was doing flyovers across the state for Memorial Day, Sgt. Kelly O’Brien said.

The plane was southbound for the airport, near Kessler and Pawnee, when the engine failed just after noon, O’Brien said. The plane landed just north of Pawnee — and the airstrip is on the south side of Pawnee.

The plane’s right wing clipped the ground and at least one pole, O’Brien said.

“Thankfully they missed the fueling vessels that are over there and there was no fire with the plane or anything else,” O’Brien said.

Two people — a male pilot and woman passenger — received minor injuries and will need stitches, O’Brien said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. It is not yet known what caused the engine to go out.

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Small plane crashes in Tekamah on Memorial Day

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:32

Jessica Crimmins Editor

The Burt County Sheriff’s office announced Monday morning that a small plane had crashed into a ditch south of Highway 32, at mile marker 100.

A passerby notified the Sheriff’s office about the crash on Monday, May 28tharound 9:00 a.m. Sheriff Robert Pickell announced in a press release that two Burt County men, pilot Dennis Westergaard, 62, and passenger Delmar Chamberlain, 87, were transported to Blair Memorial Hospital by Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

Westergaard flies his plane over the Craig Memorial Day Program each year, and it is believed that he was on his way back from that service at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and Pickell states that the accident is currently under investigation by both the Burt County Sheriff’s Office, and the FAA.

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Plane strikes power line, crashes in Hampshire

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:30

Chacour Koop

A single-engine plane struck power lines and crashed Sunday evening near Hampshire, but no serious injuries were reported, officials said.

The plane crashed shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Getty Road near Route 20, according to the Hampshire Fire Protection District.

Firefighters extricated the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the Cessna aircraft, and took him to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, officials said. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Hampshire police and the Kane County sheriff’s office also responded to the crash. Police are investigating.

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No injuries after airplane makes emergency landing on I-15 in Riverdale

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:27


RIVERDALE – No injuries were reported after a single engine airplane made an emergency landing on the southbound lanes of I-15 in Riverdale Saturday morning. 

According to Utah Highway Patrol, a student was conducting touch and go exercises with an instructor when the aircraft lost power.

“They experienced some mechanical problems with the airplane,” said Sgt. John Ely of Utah Highway Patrol. “The flight instructor took control of the airplane and she’s the one that landed it on the interstate.”

In audio obtained by Fox 13, the pilot can be heard speaking to the control tower at Ogden-Hinckley Airport.

“…the freeway, going down,” the pilot said. “Now we’re on the freeway… we’re going to need some help getting off the freeway.”

The plane landed just before 8 a.m. after a failed take-off.

“After takeoff we were not climbing and we started to descend and so we did emergency gear down and hit the runway… uh, not the runway I hit the road,” the pilot said in the recording.

UHP says the plane collided with one vehicle but no injuries were reported.

“None in the airplane, we don’t know if we hit a car,” the pilot told control in the recording. “We don’t believe so, we just think we hit hard. But we’re going to need some help.”

According to UDOT, right lanes were closed following the incident but have since reopened.

UHP reports the plane was taken back to the Ogden-Hinckley Airport in good condition.

No injuries after airplane makes emergency landing on I-15 in Riverdale

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Small airplane with student and instructor inside crashes at Hillsboro Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:25



A Cessna 152 airplane flipped at the Hillsboro Airport Saturday morning. Both a student and instructor were inside.

Fortunately, both people were uninjured and had gotten out of the plane by the time the Hillsboro Fire Department arrived.

There were no leaking fluids from the plane, and the FAA will be investigating,

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Two injured in helicopter crash at Olympia airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:23


Two people were on board a helicopter that crashed after taking off at Olympia Regional Airport in Tumwater on Friday, according to local officials.

Police and fire crews responded to the crash shortly after 9:40 a.m.

The helicopter from NW Helicopters had just taken off on a test flight when it experienced a mechanical issue, according to Ann Cook, the city of Tumwater’s communications manager.

The helicopter was 50 to 75 feet off the ground when it lost altitude and crashed in a grass field at the southern end of the airport.

The two people on board were a pilot and a mechanic. Both men were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Cook.

The Port of Olympia, which runs the airport, tweeted that airport operations were not interrupted.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, according to a port spokeswoman.

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ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:21

Sharon Lerner

WHILE THE CONTROVERSY over the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent “leadership summit” on PFAS chemicals held in Washington earlier this week brought attention to the cancer-causing contaminants in the drinking water of millions of Americans, Congress has quietly made an important step toward getting rid of one of the products responsible for this widespread water pollution. On April 27, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would free the Federal Aviation Administration from longstanding requirements that commercial airports use firefighting foam that contains the chemicals.

For decades, FAA policy has been to require airports to use firefighting foam that meets specifications developed by the Navy. Those standards mandate the use of fluorinated chemicals, a term that includes PFAS, all of which persist indefinitely in nature. While most of the thousands of chemicals in this class have yet to be studied, research on several of them has shown that they accumulate in the human body and are linked to a long list of health conditions, including decreased immune response, reproductive problems, and cancers.

Because of concerns about PFOS and PFOA, the best-known members of this class of chemicals, the Department of Defense has already begun a multi-year process of phasing out those two particular compounds from firefighting foam. As The Intercept reported in February, at least 77 airports around the world have already stopped using foam that contains the chemicals. But the Defense Department’s process is far from complete, and because the military specifications for firefighting foam still require the use of fluorinated compounds, the military has been engaged in the expensive process of replacing the foam made with PFOA and PFOS with a newer version of the product that contains slightly tweaked versions of the same chemicals.

A provision of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which passed the House in April by a 393 to 13 vote, states that commercial aircraft manufacturers and airports “shall not require the use of fluorinated chemicals.” It would apply to 533 airports in the U.S. and require the airports and aircraft companies to stop using foam containing those chemicals within two years of the law’s passage. The military, however, seems no closer to abandoning these substances.

The Navy began using such foam to put out jet fuel fires and train firefighters to respond to fires in the late 1960s — and the rest of the military, commercial airports, and many private companies soon followed suit, as did many foreign military forces and airports. In the U.S., contamination that resulted from PFAS chemicals seeping into the ground and drinking water where the foam was used is now expected to cost at least $2 billion.

At the recent PFAS summit, Maureen Sullivan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health at the Department of Defense, said that 401 military installations had at least one area with a known or suspected release of PFOS or PFOA. (Despite repeated inquiries, The Intercept was not invited to attend the summit.)

March report, tallied the 401 impacted installations as of August 2017, but testing was ongoing, so the total number of installations may exceed that number. In 2015, the Department of Defense provided The Intercept with a list of 664 military fire and crash training sites where the foam was used.

The Senate has yet to vote on its version of the FAA reauthorization bill. A 2017 version of the legislation did not contain any language about the chemicals. The provision addressing the use of chemicals in firefighting foam was added to the House FAA bill earlier this year. A Republican aide to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee told The Intercept that “the committee is seeking an opportunity for floor consideration for the bill.”


Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:20

71 Years ago today: On 29 May 1947 a United Air Lines Douglas DC-4 crashed near New York; killing 43 out of 48 occupants.

Date: Thursday 29 May 1947 Time: 19:05 Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: United Airlines Registration: NC30046 C/n / msn: 18324 First flight: 1944 Total airframe hrs: 5950 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 44 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 48 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 7 m (23 feet) amsl Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America Destination airport: Cleveland Municipal Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America Flightnumber: UA521

A Douglas DC-4, operated by United Air Lines, was destroyed in an accident at New York-La Guardia Airport, New York, USA. Five of the 48 occupants survived the accident.
The DC-4, named “Mainliner Lake Tahoe”, was ready for takeoff at 19:04 hours local time. The tower operator asked whether the flight wished to wait out a storm on the ground. The captain answered. “I’ll take off.” The tower then advised the flight: “Cleared for immediate takeoff, or hold; traffic on final approach north of Riker’s Island.” Flight 521 rolled onto runway 18, and accelerated for takeoff immediately. The captain applied back pressure to the control column but the controls felt heavy and the aircraft did not respond. The captain decided to discontinue takeoff.
About 1,000 feet from the south end of the runway he applied brakes, ordering the co-pilot at the same time to cut the engines. A ground-loop was attempted by heavy application of left brake. The aircraft, however, proceeded to roll straight ahead. Then, with both brakes locked it continued over the remainder of the runway, crashed through the fence at the airport boundary, and half-bounced, half-flew across the Grand Central Parkway. The aircraft finally came to rest immediately east of the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics, a distance of 800 feet from the end of runway 18 and 1,700 feet from the point at which brakes were first applied. It was almost immediate enveloped in flames.
Investigation revealed that the guts locks on the plane had been altered, permitting it to remain locked even after removal of the gust lock warning tape.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was either the failure of the pilot to release the gust lock before take-off, or his decision to discontinue the take-off because of apprehension resulting from rapid use of a short runway under a possible calm wind condition.”

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Chicago Firefighter Juan Bucio dies in search for missing boater

Statter 911 - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 08:06

Monday night search turned deadly for Chicago Fire Department diver

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 07:56

Jonathan Zabel watched as dozens of firefighters worked to save his burning home on Memorial Day.

Firefighters battled the blaze for hours but were unable to save the home.

Neighbors living near Santa Fe Street and Cast Avenue called 911 just before 4 p.m. when they saw smoke and flames moving through a grass field.

Due to “rapid winds” the fire quickly spread to Zabel’s home in the 700 block of East Cast, Battalion Chief Darrin Hughes said.

The home and a nearby shed caught fire.

“It all happened so fast,” said Alder Toloza, who lives in the area.

Freddie Campana lives on K Road. He and his family watched as emergency crews filled the surrounding streets.

“I saw smoke and went to help my neighbors,” Campana said. “We just wanted to make sure our neighbors were OK.”

Campana wasn’t the only person to offer help.

One man was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion after he sprang into action.

Power lines downed in a grass fire arc as Visalia City and Tulare County firefighters battle flames at a home Monday, May 28, 2018. The fire blackened an area south of K Road between Santa Fe and Burke. The fire spread quickly to the east and destroyed a home in the 2700 block of South Burke Street. (Photo: Ron Holman)

“He has three sons who are firefighters,” Hughes said. “He helped evacuate a few homes.”

Additional fire units from Exeter, Farmersville and Tulare County were called to help fight the flames. Units from Porterville and Tulare fire departments covered Visalia, while firefighters worked to contain the fire.

Roughly 60 firefighters were called to the incident on Cast.

Visalia police also responded to the scene and provided traffic control.

Memorial Day temperatures soared into the 90s, causing two firefighters to suffer heat exhaustion. The firefighters were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment.

Hughes said they are expected to recover.

While firefighters connected hose to hydrants, neighbors also hosed down their yards and homes to stop the spread of flames.

Nearly two acres of land were destroyed in the fire.

The home and shed were “heavily damaged.” The roof of Zabel’s home collapsed. The home was estimated at $80,000 and was a total loss, Hughes said.

Crews were slowly released from the incidents around 7 p.m., but many stayed behind to make sure the fire was completely out.

Surrounding homes were without power for hours, while Southern California Edison crews worked to restore downed power lines.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Hughes said.

Visalia City and Tulare County firefighters battle a grass fire Monday, May 28, 2018 south of K Road between Santa Fe and Burke. The fire spread quickly to the east and destroyed a home in the 2700 block of South Burke Street. (Photo: Ron Holman)

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 05:58

Chicago Fire Department diver died and two other divers were injured during a rescue attempt on the Chicago River Monday evening, officials said.

Juan Bucio, 46, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 10:02 p.m. He became separated from his partner while trying to rescue someone from the Chicago River near where it crosses Ashland Avenue on Monday night.

Two other divers were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to the Fire Department. They have been released.

The fire department received a call around 7:50 p.m. after boaters saw a person jump into the water, according to José A. Santiago, the Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department.

During the search, Bucio became separated from his partner, Santiago said, and the team sent out a Mayday call.

“His partner turned around and he was missing,” he said. “It was that quick.”

Bucio went missing about 8:25 p.m. and Chicago Police Department Marine Unit divers pulled him from the water about 20 minutes later. The Chicago Police Department is still searching the water for the person that went into the water.

“We have a diver down, start making phone calls, let’s get people in, 10-4?” a Marine Unit supervisor asked over his radio.

“You sounded muffled,” an officer answered. “I can’t copy.”

“We have a possible diver down. Start calling people. Let’s get some people in.”

It’s not clear what time divers entered the water or how long they were in before the mayday. Fire department officials said the incident was still under investigation.

The call of a person in the water was near Canalport Riverwalk Park in an industrial area near the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

Crews could be seen pulling a person from a boat on a gurney as an ambulance waited on the shore nearby around 8:50 p.m.

“We got the diver out, he’s going to Stroger, critical,” a battalion chief said into his radio.

About a dozen police and fire vehicles were stationed at Stroger Hospital late Monday, and officials blocked off Ogden Avenue in front of the hospital for at least an hour.

A group of firefighters stood outside the emergency room while Chicago police officers lined the entrance to the hospital parking lot.

Firefighters and police officers gathered outside the Cook County medical examiner’s office late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Two firetrucks parked facing each other on Leavitt Avenue and stretched their ladders up and over Harrison Street early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters from each rig used locking rings to secure and hang a flag over Harrison Street, as is customary for line of duty deaths.

Firetrucks and engines lined Harrison Street on the way to the morgue. Just after 1 a.m., two police SUVs led a procession from the hospital with Ambulance 65 carrying Bucio’s body.

As the ambulance and trailing SUVs turned left into the medical examiner’s office, the cars following in procession turned right.

Firefighters from Truck 7 folded the flag behind their rig just before 1:30 a.m. as fire crews and police officers that had lined the route returned to their firehouses and patrol districts.

Bucio is the 13th Chicago firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2000, according to data from the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and the first line of duty death since Daniel Capuano fell through an open elevator shaft at a vacant warehouse in December of 2015.

He joined the department in 2003, and became of a member of the dive team in 2007.

Bucio is survived by nine siblings, including a sister who is a member of the Chicago Police Department and a brother who is a member of the Chicago Fire Department.

He has two sons, 9 and 7.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 05:55

Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital Monday afternoon to be treated for heat exhaustion after battling a two-alarm house fire in south St. Louis County.

The fire happened at the corner of Placid Avenue and Gentry Avenue in Lemay.

The family inside made it out with no reported injuries. Firefighters remained inside for a while looking for two small dogs, who did not make it out alive.

“When crews arrived on the scene, they saw heavy fire coming from the second floor of this house,” said Affton Assistant Fire Chief Ben Waser.

The heat outside became the biggest danger. One firefighter collapsed near a news crew. His fellow firefighters cooled him down and put him on a stretcher.

“As firefighters, we don’t want to come out,” Waser said. “And if I didn’t make them come out or we didn’t make them come out, you wouldn’t see anybody out here.”

“Inside our gear is a thermal layer, which normally is a good thing for us because it keeps the heat out. However, when it’s 100 or 90 some degrees out, that heat is trapped inside us.”

Some looked for other ways to cool down from wearing 60 pounds of gear, like wearing wet towels on their heads.

People passing by also pitched in, resident like Kim Horne.

“We just drove past and saw there was a fire and went to 7-Eleven and asked if we could donate some water and they did,” she said.

The outside heat alone brought this fire response to two alarms. Fire departments from Affton, Mehlville, St. Louis and Lemay responded, along with the St. Louis County Police Department.

A family member did not want to appear on camera, but said he was happy with the fire departments’ response but devastated by the loss of their two dogs. A third dog made it out alive.

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Madison County Woman Dies In House Fire

Madison County Woman Dies In House Fire
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Early video from PA house fire police say was started by firefighter arsonist

Statter 911 - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 07:15

Firefighter charged with arson had previously lived in Brackenridge duplex that burned

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 15:08

A firefighter was injured while putting out a house fire early Sunday morning.

According to Chief Cleotha Sanders, the Jackson Fire Department responded to Hiawatha St. and Willow Street around 7:00 a.m.

The family was able to escape the home safely.

When fire fighters entered the home with hose lines, they began putting the flames out. One firefighter was injured when the roof collapsed.

He was alert and conscious but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The fire was put out and nobody else was injured.

A fire investigator is on scene working to figure out what caused the fire.

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Video: Chief shows new firefighter how to handle car fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:26

Pennsylvania chief joins new firefighter on line at auto fire

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:06
Seven firefighters have been injured trying to put out a massive blaze at Germany’s largest amusement park, police said on Sunday. The fire at Europa-Park started early Saturday evening in a storage facility before engulfing the Pirates of Batavia boat ride, completely destroying the attraction. It took some 250 firefighters until the next morning to extinguish the inferno, which sent huge columns of black smoke into the air. Dramatic images of the raging fire were widely captured by visitors to the theme park in Rust, southwestern Germany and shared on social media. Some 25,000 people had to be evacuated from the park, but none suffered any injuries.

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The Pirates in Batavia ride at Europa-park in Germany is currently experiencing a horrific fire and part of the park is being evacuated. We hope no one got hurt here. Photo credit: Amandine C.

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The aftermath of the fire at Europa Park is horrifying… Before and after photos of the Scandinavia section.

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Twitter Ads info and privacy The local Offenburg police said in a statement that the blaze had left seven firefighters “lightly injured”, without giving details. All of them were able to leave hospital after receiving medical attention. Europa-park opened its doors as normal on Sunday, although large sections of the Dutch and Scandinavian-themed areas remain closed because of fire damage. Europa-park’s chief executive Michael Mack tweeted his thanks for the rescue services, saying Saturday had been “a sad day” for the park. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Police said some firefighters remained at the scene to carry out damping down operations and secure the area to allow experts to assess the damage. Founded in 1975, Europa-Park is Europe’s second-most popular amusement park after Disneyland, attracting some 5.7 million visitors last year.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:33

Three firefighters were hurt battling a blaze at a home in Braddock on Saturday

A home on Summit Street went up in flames around 3:30 p.m.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

Sources tell KDKA-TV that two firefighters overheated and one suffered a cut at the scene.

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