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Despite Explosions Mexico’s Fireworks Capital Endures

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 09:50

TULTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Luis Enrique Urban Gomez was tidying up at his family's fireworks storage shed like any other day when an explosion ripped through the warehouse next door, killing its owner, leaving Urban with second- and third-degree burns and wounding seven others.

Nearly two months later, lying on a bed in his parents' home with bandages covering his torso and angry red scars on nearly his entire body, the 20-year-old was in good spirits and itching to be back in business making fireworks just as soon as his wounds are fully healed.

"In spite of it all, it is a pleasure," Urban said. "It is a job with tradition ... something we decided to do when we were young."

Urban's hometown of Tultepec, about an hour's drive north of downtown Mexico City, is famous as the fireworks production capital of the country, a place where there's always a sulfurous whiff to the air, "no smoking" signs are ubiquitous and untold thousands of multi-generation families make a living hand-crafting the explosives.

It's also infamous for deadly explosions that happen with such regularity Mexicans long ago ceased to be surprised at news reports of clandestine workshops erupting and instead muse on social media about why people continue to ply such a dangerous trade in this city of 130,000-plus inhabitants. But Tultepequenses, as locals are known, are proud of their craft and see it as a part of their identity, a tradition they'll never give up.

"When people talk about fireworks in Mexico they talk about Tultepec, and that's something that fills you with pride and makes you keep working," Urban said.

"We want to continue to excel at it," he added, "try to improve it, look for ways to make this job safer."

The June 25 explosion that also left his cousin with a punctured lung and missing a leg was one of at least three in the city in just over a month. On June 6, a blast killed eight and injured seven at a home, and on July 5, a series of warehouse explosions killed 25 and hurt at least 49.

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At Least 79 Overdoses Reported in New Haven, Connecticut

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:21

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Emergency crews in New Haven responded to nearly 80 overdoses on the synthetic drug K2 between Tuesday night and Wednesday and another three early Thursday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the New Haven Green, a park near Yale University, Tuesday night for three suspected ODs.

More cases came to light Wednesday morning when around 18 people collapsed on the New Haven Green in a span of three-and-a-half hours, authorities said.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, first responders had been called to close to 76 suspected overdoses, the majority of which occurred on or around the Green. Of those, 72 people were transported to the hospital, and four patients refused to be taken, officials said.

Read more at NBCconnecticut.com.


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Five Injured in Pennsylvania Walmart Shooting

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:53

WYNCOTE, Pa. (AP) — A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people before fleeing but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night.

All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the gunfire reported just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the crowded store at the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping Center, Cheltenham Township Chief of Police John Frye said.

Frye said the gunfire started after some type of altercation between customers in separate lines near the cash register, when "words were exchanged" and the suspect pulled a gun from his female companion's waistband and fired "at least 10 shots."

Two women in their 40s and a man in his 40s were wounded in the legs and another person had a graze wound, while a fifth person later went to a hospital with unspecified injuries. In addition, a pregnant woman was taken to the hospital after a fall, he said. Frye said it wasn't immediately clear whether the person the man was arguing with was among the victims.

The male suspect and his female companion fled, tossing the gun from the car, but then ran into a police vehicle. Two officers whose vehicle was rear-ended were taken to hospitals along with the woman in the suspect's car, while the male suspect was also arrested after being hit with a stun gun when he tried to break the window of the police vehicle, a Philadelphia police spokesman said. The officers, suspect and female passenger were in stable condition, he said.

Frye called the shooting a "very dangerous situation," given that it was a "very crowded Walmart, a lot of shots were low, the floor is hard ... there's a risk of ricochet." Reports from the hospital, he said, indicate that the suspected shooter was "definitely on some type of drugs."

More than 22 police departments responded to the scene, Frye said. A SWAT team was checking the store and others in the complex and Walmart employees remained inside for their safety and to allow police to interview them, he said.

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39 Dead in Italy Bridge Collapse

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:49

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian emergency experts pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people.

The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as 45 meters (150 feet) to the ground Tuesday as many Italian families were on the road ahead of Wednesday's major summer holiday.

Civil protection authorities confirmed Wednesday that 39 people had died and 15 were injured. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said three children were among the dead.

Working with heavy equipment, rescuers climbed over concrete slabs with sniffer dogs all through the night and into the day, searching for survivors or bodies.

Investigators, meanwhile, were working to determine what caused an 80-meter (260-foot) long stretch of highway to break off from the 45-meter (150-foot) high bridge in the northwestern port city.

Italian politicians, for their part, were trying to find who to blame for the deadly tragedy.

The 1967 bridge, considered innovative in its time for its use of concrete around its cables, was long due for an upgrade, especially since the structure was more heavily trafficked than its designers had envisioned. One expert in such construction, Antonio Brencich at the University of Genoa, had previously called the bridge "a failure of engineering."

An unidentified woman who was standing below the bridge told RAI state TV that it crumbled Tuesday as if it were a mound of baking flour.

Engineering experts, noting that the bridge was 51 years old, said corrosion and weather could have been factors in its collapse.

The Italian CNR civil engineering society said structures dating from when the Morandi Bridge was built had surpassed their lifespan. It called for a "Marshall Plan" to repair or replace tens of thousands of Italian bridges and viaducts built in the 1950s and 1960s. It said that simply updating or reinforcing the bridges would be more expensive than destroying and rebuilding them with new technology.

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Several Injured in Denver Explosion

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 06:46

DENVER (AP) — Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said.

Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuries and released after a portion of a brick rowhouse was leveled in the blast just south of downtown. A man was critically injured, and a woman who was pulled from the debris is in stable condition.

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Pixley said some of the injured were burned, and the fire department is working with Xcel Energy to determine what happened.

Pieces of wood were thrown like sticks, and bricks were spilled on the ground in front of the one-story building, which was searched by a cadaver dog.

"Our goal is not to find a victim but to rule out that a victim is there," Pixley said shortly after the explosion.

The fire department tweeted Tuesday night that no additional victims were found.

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Alexander Ponton, whose car was hit by the blast, said he and a few other people helped pull a couple from the debris.

"As I got in front of that building, it blew up right next to my car," he said. "Threw my car over a foot and a half to 2 feet. ... After it blew up, all you could smell was gas. That's all you could smell."

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Bus Crash Kills 24 People, Injures 19 in Ecuador

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:40

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A bus hit another vehicle at high speed and then rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 19 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador's capital early Tuesday, officials said.

The Colombian-registered bus was traveling to Quito when it hit a smaller vehicle in an area known as dead man's curve at about 3 a.m., Ecuadorean authorities said.

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Col. Wilson Pavon, head of Ecuador's transit police, said the majority of the passengers aboard were Colombians, but some Venezuelans were also among the dead. Three people, including two minors, traveling in the smaller vehicle also died.

A small fleet of ambulances and first responders rushed to the crash site about two hours from Quito before dawn. They found the severely wrecked bus overturned and several homes adjacent to the highway damaged and strewn with metal debris.

Gen. Patricio Carillo of the Ecuadorean police told local reporters that it appeared the bus driver lost control and hit an oncoming car before crashing into poles and houses as it rolled over four times.

The investigation was continuing and the driver is hospitalized among the injured, Carillo said.

Officials spent the early morning combing through the bus and removing the victims.

"Among the tasks is identifying the bodies of the dead and coordinating with authorities in Colombia and Venezuela for their return," Carillo said.

It was the second bus tragedy in less than three days in Ecuador.

On Sunday, 12 people were killed and 30 more were injured when a bus carrying fans of an Ecuadorean soccer team overturned on a highway after a game.

Late Monday, relatives of the victims bid farewell to their loved ones at a collective wake held at the Barcelona club's stadium in Guayaquil.

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Terror Attack Near London’s Houses of Parliament

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:07

LONDON (AP) — A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons.

A rooftop camera recorded the car driving past Parliament and suddenly veering sharply to the left, striking cyclists waiting at a set of lights before crossing the road and crashing into a barrier outside Parliament. Armed police surrounded the car within seconds, pulling a man from the vehicle.

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Police said the driver, a man in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses. He was alone and no weapons were found in the car.

"Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident," Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police told reporters outside Scotland Yard.

Police flooded the area after the incident was reported at 7:37 a.m., cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government. The nearby Westminster subway station was closed, and police asked people to stay away from the area, which is filled with government offices and major tourist attractions including Westminster Abbey.

Most of the cordons were lifted by mid-afternoon, apart from a stretch of road right outside Parliament, where forensics officers in blue coveralls collected evidence from the crashed Ford Fiesta

The suspect was not cooperating with police, and officers were working to confirm his identity, said Basu, who oversees U.K. counterterrorism policing. No other suspects have been identified and police believe there is no further threat to Londoners, he said.

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Several Dead, Injured, in Bridge Collapse in Italy

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:47

MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy.

A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below. Photos published by the Italian news agency ANSA showed a massive, empty gulf between two sections of the bridge.

Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state TV that some 20 vehicles, including cars and trucks, were caught up as an 80-meter (260-foot) stretch of the bridge collapsed.

She said two people had been pulled alive from vehicles in the rubble. Officials said they were transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Edoardo Rixi, a transport official, told Sky TV that 22 were dead and 8 were injured in the collapse.

Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh God! Oh, God!" Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just short of the gaping hole in the bridge and the tires of a tractor trailer in the rubble.


Firefighters told The Associated Press they were worried about gas lines exploding in the area from the collapse.

ANSA said authorities suspected that a structural weakness had caused the collapse, but there was no immediate explanation for what had happened.

Italy's transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse "an enormous tragedy."

News agency ANSA said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will travel to Genoa later Tuesday. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said some 200 firefighters were responding to the accident.

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Preplanned EMS Role in Emergency Management

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:56

In this day and age of varying potential disasters ranging from natural to manmade, it’s important that each EMS agency have a set of preplans. Not only with their own agency, but also with other departments in their area. Too often, history has shown that EMS hasn’t improved when it comes to preparing for disasters in the respective areas they serve.

Why is this? Naturally, EMS has the mindset of thinking reactionary rather than planning. Our mindset is that when anything occurs, we will rise to the occasion and take care of it. However, we need to keep in mind that some incidents can be a lot bigger than the resources we may currently have.

Why & Who?

“Preparedness is best thought of as a process—a continuing sequence of analyses, plan development, and the acquisition of individual and team performance skills achieved through training, drills, exercises, and critiques.”1 The practice of EMS planning varies considerably among communities. More and more we are seeing a steady increase not only in mass casualty incidents, but also natural disasters.

For example, since 1990, natural disasters have affected about 217 million people every year. Geophysical disasters include earthquakes, volcanoes, dry rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Climate-related disasters include hydrological events such as floods, storm surge and coastal flooding, while meteorological events include storms, tropical cyclones, local storms, heat/cold waves, drought and wildfires.2

In order to effectively serve patients and the community EMS leaders need to understand the area they are serving. That being said, it takes more than an EMS agency to understand the risks that are potential threats to a community.

To have an effective preplan and understand the risks in your community, you need to utilize the ideas and expertise of all the departments in the community. Many communities have multiple departments ranging from EMS, fire, emergency managers, police, public works and, most importantly, elected city officials.

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Indonesia's Paramedics and Emergency Physicians Treat Injured 4 Days After Massive Quake

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:05

KAYANGAN, Indonesia (AP) — Falling rubble instantly paralyzed Mary Andoni from the waist down when Indonesia was shaken by one of its deadliest earthquakes in years. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. There were too many other injured and dead.

"It was overwhelming," Andoni's 35-year-old brother-in-law, Ilham, said of the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake on the island of Lombok. "There was no way to get her out."

On Thursday, paramedics finally evacuated Andoni to a hospital in the city of Mataram. But her story underscores the challenges facing this devastated region: Four days after the earthquake killed hundreds of people and displaced 270,000 more, injured survivors in remote areas cut off by landslides and broken bridges are still emerging from the ruined countryside, struggling to reach the doctors they desperately need.

And the crisis is not over.

Lombok has been hit by over 300 aftershocks, including a 5.9 magnitude tremor on Thursday that brought down more buildings and injured 24 more people, authorities said. In northern Lombok, some people leaped from their vehicles on a traffic-jammed road when the aftershock hit, while an elderly woman standing in the back of a pickup truck wailed "God is Great." An Associated Press reporter in Mataram saw about a dozen people being treated at a hospital while fearful staff moved patients outside.

At a first aid station in Kayangan that was set up under a sprawling tent because of the threat of more quakes, Dr. Mohammad Akbar said medical staff were combing the region with an ambulance to locate injured people.

By 3 p.m., he said, they had found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises. Many were also dehydrated.

"They're all stuck in isolated areas with little or no transport," Akbar said. "They're too weak to get here on their own, so we need to go to them."

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Active Shooter Incident at Suburban NY Hospital

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:59

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man shot a patient to death in her bed at a suburban New York hospital Wednesday and then killed himself, police said.

Police were trying to determine the connection between the two, who were found in a fourth-floor room after gunfire rang out around 9:40 a.m. at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, a major medical campus about 35 miles north of Manhattan. No one else was in the room at the time, Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gleason said.

"There appears to be some type of family relationship between the two victims and a murder-suicide-type situation," Westchester County Police Commissioner Thomas Gleason said. He said both people were in their 70s.

The woman was found in a bed, the man on the floor, and a .38-caliber revolver on the scene, he said. It's unknown how many shots were fired.

Dr. Srihari Naidu, an interventional cardiologist at the hospital, told The Associated Press by phone that he was at his office in a nearby building when he got an "active shooter alert," followed by a lockdown notification that lasted for about a half-hour.

The building where the shooting happened is "very well guarded," he said, and many areas cannot be accessed without badges.

Police said the hospital's armed security staff responded immediately, and police arrived within two minutes.

Jatziri Escobar, a patient who arrived at the hospital shortly after 9 a.m., told The Journal News that she was in a room on the first floor when staff ran through the building alerting patients about the active shooting.

"I was kinda scared, but one of the officers told me to relax and all would be OK," said Escobar, 22, of Elmsford.

Photos posted on The Journal News and social media showed police blocking the entrance to the hospital and workers in lab coats and scrubs gathered outside it.

The hospital totals over 600 adult, pediatric and psychiatric beds in a campus in northern Westchester.

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Man Killed, Woman Seriously Injured When Boat Hits Piling in Water

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:54


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A boating accident in Tampa left one person dead and another seriously injured early Sunday evening, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

At about 5:15 p.m., the Tampa Police Department got a call regarding a boating accident in the waters off Davis Islands.

Wildlife officials said the 15-foot Gheenoe was carrying two people when it struck a piling, sending both passengers into the water, according to a witness.

A male passenger was recovered by Tampa Fire Rescue and taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was declared deceased, officials said.

A female passenger was recovered by Tampa Fire Rescue and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Her current condition is unknown.

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Five Killed When Small Plane Crashes in California Parking Lot

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 02:51


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses watched in horror as a small plane banked low in sunny skies over a Southern California shopping center and then suddenly nosedived, crashing into a parking lot and killing all five people on board.

Ella Pham and her boyfriend were walking across the lot Sunday when they saw the twin-engine Cessna plummet.

"We looked up to see the plane falling nose first," Pham, 20, she told the Los Angeles Times . "It was so heartbreaking just seeing the plane crumbled into pieces."

The pilot of the Cessna 414 and all four passengers were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt, authorities said.

The Orange County coroner's office on Monday identified the victims as Scott Shepherd, 53, and Lara Shepherd, 42, of Diablo, California; Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville, California; Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles; and Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo, California.

The pilot, Scott Shepherd, declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from John Wayne Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked car in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said. There was no fire, he said.

Jesse Perez was eating lunch with a friend at Buffalo Wild Wings, which shares the parking lot, when he heard the crash.

"It sounded like a truck hit the building," he told the Orange County Register .

Customers ran from the restaurant into the lot and saw the wreckage of the white Cessna with green and blue trim.

"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane," said Perez, adding that emergency workers were there within minutes. "I couldn't believe what was happening."

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9-1-1 Call Amid Training at Base Sets Off Active Shooter Fears

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force base in Ohio said there was not an active shooter incident Thursday, just hours after authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed the base amid reports of a shooter its medical center.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said in a statement that someone called 911 during a training exercise that included an active shooter scenario at a separate location. The caller thought there was an incident occurring within the base hospital, sending security forces to the scene where they began searching the entire hospital, the statement said.

While trying to get inside a locked door, a security team member shot his firearm to open the door, the statement said.

Wright-Patterson tweeted that emergency units responded to a "reported incident" around 12:40 p.m. An hour later, they said it was a reported active shooter incident and personnel were instructed to shelter in place on the sprawling base.

Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing outside the building later in the afternoon. Some had come out with their hands in the air.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies responding.

Local police directed traffic away from the base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.

The base was the site where the Dayton Peace Accords were finalized in 1995, an international peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

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Crash at Connecticut Auto Auction Leaves 6 Injured

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:58

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A man driving a car at a Connecticut auto auction suffered a medical emergency, struck four pedestrians and crashed into another vehicle on Wednesday, sending six people to area hospitals, police said.

The driver of the car, who was revived at the scene, and a male pedestrian who suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, were the most seriously injured. Three other pedestrians and a man in the other vehicle also were hospitalized, police said.

The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately released. All of them work at the auction, authorities said.

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. as people were viewing vehicles for sale at Southern Auto Auction in East Windsor, about 15 miles ( 24 kilometers) north of Hartford. At the time, several cars were being driven through viewing areas in adjacent bays. The pedestrians were struck outside the bay by a Buick sedan that was pulling out.

"The driver of that vehicle suffered some type of medical emergency," Detective Sgt. Matthew Carl said.

"He accelerated across the bays and hit four pedestrians and hit the side of the building, careened off the building, hit a vehicle coming out of one of the bays, careened off of that and ended up down into the backside of the parking lot in the woods line," Carl said.

A police officer who was stationed at the auction helped revive the driver.

An executive at Southern Auto Auction did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

The accident came 17 years after a similar mishap in which 10 people were injured in a parking lot at Southern Auto Auction. A Chevrolet Monte Carlo went out of control when the accelerator got stuck, police said.

In May 2017, a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 76-year-old employee of the LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, accelerated out of control on the auction floor, killing five and injuring seven.

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Firefighters 'in Lifesaving Mode' as Wildfire Tears Through Towns in Northern California

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:59

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities before reaching the city of Redding, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

Flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River on Thursday and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region.

The so-called Carr Fire is "taking down everything in its path," said Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze.

Residents in the western part of Redding who hadn't been under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice, causing miles-long traffic jams as flames turned the skies orange.

"When it hit, people were really scrambling," McLean said. "There was not much of a warning."

Many firefighters turned their focus from the flames to getting people out alive.

"Really we're in a life-saving mode right now in Redding," said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief with Cal Fire. "We're not fighting a fire. We're trying to move people out of the path of it because it is now deadly and it is now moving at speeds and in ways we have not seen before in this area."

Some residents drove to hotels or the homes of family members in safer parts of California, while other evacuees poured into a shelter just outside of town.

A reporter with KRCR-TV choked up as she reported live updates about the fire before the station had to go off the air later. Two news anchors told viewers that the building was being evacuated and urged residents to "be safe."

Journalists at the Record Searchlight newspaper tweeted about continuing to report on the fire without electricity in their newsroom, and a reporter at KHSL-TV wrote on Twitter that the station's Redding reporters were "running home to gather their things."

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3 Injured in Plane Crash at Catalina Island Airport

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:37

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.

One person severely injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others had moderate injuries, Los Angeles County fire spokesman Marvin Lim said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a tweet that all three people are OK, and it posted photos of the partially crumpled plane in a dirt area and first responders treating a man.

The single-engine Piper PA-32 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The airport's phone number was ringing busy, and officials there didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The airport's website says the runway where the crash happened begins at the edge of a 1,500-foot (2,410-kilometer) cliff, making it similar to landing on an aircraft carrier in the sky.

The site warns pilots that there's a strong downdraft as planes approach the end of the runway and an uphill slope that can cause "approach and flare problems." There are no visual cues to determine altitude, and pilots must rely on altimeters, the airport says.

Most flying clubs require pilots landing for the first time at Catalina to be accompanied by a pilot with experience there, the airport says.

It's unclear how much experience the pilot in Wednesday's crash had at landing at the airport.

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Paramedic Wrestles Gun Away from 94-Year-Old Shooter at Nursing Home

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:32

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police have charged 94-year-old John Tenant with attempted murder after he was involved in a shooting at an assisted living facility Wednesday morning.

According to police, the incident began around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, at Mary Agnes Manor at 307 Porter Avenue, when a 94-year-old man refused to go to ECMC for a psychiatric evaluation.

The man began telling employees that he was armed, and threatening to shoot them. The employees - including two paramedics, one maintenance worker, and several other facility employees - did not take his threats seriously, and continued to try to take him.

But the man did have a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the pocket of his walker, which he drew, and fired one shot. The bullet became lodged in the wall near the maintenance worker. An AMR employee, paramedic Timothy Hoar, then tackled the man, and he was disarmed. No one was injured.

Read more at WGRZ.

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