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'Catastrophic wildfires' force thousands to flee in Canada

Montr - The Canadian city of Fort McMurray remained under threat from catastrophic wildfires Wednesday, authorities warned, after more than 80,000 residents were forced to flee the raging inferno sweeping through Alberta's oil sands region.

Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

Yangon - A major fire on Tuesday damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.

India forest fires creep close to famous Shimla railway

Shimla - Forest fires raging in India's Himalayan region crept perilously close to a famous British-era railway track Tuesday, as panicked residents fought off blazes threatening to engulf their homes.

Thousands battle deadly forest fires in northern India

New Delhi - Thousands of labourers backed by water-carrying helicopters were battling to control fires that have killed two people in India's northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said Sunday.

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire, demands tusk trade ban

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to the world's biggest ivory bonfire Saturday, after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end "murderous" trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.

Benicia's historic Washington House damaged by three-alarm fire

Benicia - Benicia's historic Washington House was heavily damaged Sunday afternoon by a three-alarm fire that tore through the two-story structure that housed many small businesses.

Blaze engulfs shops in Syria's historic Old Damascus

Damascus - Syrian firefighters on Saturday worked to contain a fire that engulfed dozens of shops in the Asruniyeh market of Old Damascus, a UNESCO world heritage site.The market is adjacent to the famed Al-Hamidiyeh souk in one of the world's oldest cities.

Fire damages Tokyo's famous Golden-gai bar district

Toukyo - Dozens of fire trucks on Tuesday rushed to extinguish a blaze which gutted four buildings in a famed Tokyo bar district.

Police arrest seven over India temple disaster

Kollam - Police arrested seven people on Tuesday over a massive explosion and fire during a banned fireworks display that claimed more than 100 lives in southern India, a senior officer said.

India police file charges over temple fireworks disaster

Kollam - Indian police said Monday they have filed initial charges against six people over a massive explosion during a banned fireworks display that killed more than 100 people and left many more with horrific burns.

India temple fire kills 86 gathered for fireworks display

New Delhi - A major explosion and fire swept through a temple in southern India on Sunday, killing at least 86 people after thousands of families and others had gathered for a fireworks display.

Celebrated hotel in Haiti gutted by fire

P - A fire early Monday ravaged one of the oldest hotel-restaurants in the upscale hilltop suburb of Petionville overlooking Port-au-Prince.

Warden, guard injured in Alabama prison riot posted on Facebook

Atmore - A prison in Alabama was placed on lockdown Saturday when a riot involving about 100 inmates erupted, according to the state Corrections Department. The warden and a guard were stabbed in the melee at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.

Atlanta boarding house fire kills up to six

Miami - Fire engulfed a boarding house in Atlanta on Monday, killing as many as six people, police and news reports said.Local TV station WBS said the home was a half-way house for people transitioning out of rehab or time in prison.

Fire, power outage shut down part of Toronto's transit service

Toronto - A power outage sparked by a fire early Tuesday wreaked havoc on Toronto's transit lines, turning the morning commute into a slow crawl.

'Bored' ex-California firefighter jailed for arson

Los Angeles - A former California firefighter was jailed for deliberately starting dozens of wildfires out of boredom and in a bid to earn extra money on the job.

Hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdish region kills 19

- A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed 19 people and injured dozens more on Friday, officials said.

Moscow factory fire 'kills 12'

Moscow - At least 12 people, including three children, perished in a fire in a Moscow factory that caused the roof to collapse, Russian authorities said on Sunday.

Two Northern California wildfires caused $1 billion in damage

San Francisco - Insurers expect to pay out $1 billion in losses to California property owners from the Valley and Butte fires in September that killed six people and damaged more than 2,500 structures.

Paris's famed Ritz hotel to reopen in June after fire

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will reopen in June after major renovations, three months behind schedule because of a fire on its top floor earlier this month, a spokesman said Friday.

Eurostar passengers stuck on train for eight hours after fire

Lille - Around 700 passengers on a Eurostar train from London to Paris were stuck in northern France for eight hours after a fire on board, the company said Monday.

Major fire at Paris' famed Ritz hotel, no casualties

Paris - A major fire broke out at the landmark Paris Ritz hotel, which is closed for renovations, the fire service said Tuesday.The blaze is on the "top floor of the building and the roof", a fire service spokesman said.

Sweden launches probe into mosque arson bid

Stockholm - Swedish police said Sunday they have launched an investigation into possible arson after a fire at a mosque in the southwest of the country."At this time it is unclear how the fire started.

Sao Paolo toxic cloud leaves 100 people ill

S - A fire at a warehouse where various compounds were being stored created a noxious cloud that sickened some 100 people outside Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

Woman who set deadly Paris hotel fire avoids jail

Paris - A French woman convicted of causing a hotel fire that killed 24 people including 11 children walked free on Tuesday after an appeals court reduced her sentence.

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

Perth - Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

Perth - Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

Losses mount from west Australian bushfire

Perth - The number of homes lost in a bushfire in Western Australia rose on Saturday to 121, as officials admitted the emergency was not yet over with three people still unaccounted for.

Dubai probes cause of massive New Year's Eve hotel fire

Dubai - Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on Friday as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year's Eve.

Man survives Dubai fire after hanging from balcony

Dubai - Grasping the edge of a balcony 48 stories from the ground, just metres away from a raging fire, the photographer thought he may not live to see 2016.
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This fire at the  Deonar garbage dump started on Saturday.
This fire at the Deonar garbage dump started on Saturday.
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Canadian Tire store in Toronto s Leaside sets ablaze.
Canadian Tire store in Toronto's Leaside sets ablaze.
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A forest fire rages out of control on Mallorca in the Balearic Islands  Spain - July 2013.
A forest fire rages out of control on Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain - July 2013.
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FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville  about 30 miles south of So...
FIRE: The historic general store in the silver boom town of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, which is threatened by wildfire.
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Massive fire engulfs Nairobi International airport forcing closure on August 7  2013.
Massive fire engulfs Nairobi International airport forcing closure on August 7, 2013.
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Lima Firefighters
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A Holland Township Michigan apartment complex is set ablaze by man using blow torch to burn fur off a squirrel prior to eating it.
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Smoke from a fire spreading in the countryside can be seen from Fuengirola on the coast.
Smoke from a fire spreading in the countryside can be seen from Fuengirola on the coast.
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
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The Colorado wildfires
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Toronto Community Housing representative.
A warm and inviting fireplace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel  London.
A warm and inviting fireplace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London.
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty  Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
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The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in Br...
The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in British Columbia. (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner)
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ALARMING: Benicia firefighters scramble to douse flames at the Washington House on First Street  one...
ALARMING: Benicia firefighters scramble to douse flames at the Washington House on First Street, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the historic California city.
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The California Army National Guard s 1-140th Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) battles the Rim fire in ...
The California Army National Guard's 1-140th Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) battles the Rim fire in a UH-60 Black Hawk near Yosemite
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