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Phantom of the Opera 'curse' hits as fire menaces Paris debut

Paris - The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month.

Eight firefighters killed in latest Moscow warehouse blaze

Moscow - Eight Russian firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in eastern Moscow, authorities said Friday, in the latest deadly fire to hit the capital.

Greece finds shelter for Lesbos migrants after fire

Kallon - Greece on Wednesday managed to find shelter for some 5,000 migrants on the island of Lesbos two days after a fire ravaged part of the main asylum seekers' camp, officials said.

Greek migrant camp torched as UN warns of deadly year

Atenas - Greek police arrested nine migrants after clashes and a huge fire at an asylum seekers' camp, as the UN warned Tuesday that 2016 could be the deadliest year yet for refugees trying to reach Europe.

Fire damages Greek camp as migrants flee: police

Atenas - One of Greece's main migrant camps on the island of Lesbos Monday suffered extensive damage in a fire apparently set on purpose, with thousands forced to flee to safety, police said.

Bangladesh struggles to search factory after deadly fire

Dhaka - Bangladesh firefighters were struggling on Sunday to search a packaging factory following a major blaze that killed 25 people amid fears more bodies could still be inside the destroyed building.

Bangladesh struggles to search factory after deadly fire

Dhaka - Bangladesh firefighters were struggling on Sunday to search a packaging factory following a major blaze that killed 25 people amid fears more bodies could still be inside the destroyed building.

Bangladesh struggles to search factory after deadly fire

Dhaka - Bangladesh firefighters were struggling on Sunday to search a packaging factory following a major blaze that killed 25 people amid fears more bodies could still be inside the destroyed building.

'Suicidal' driver caused fatal Taiwan bus inferno

Taipei - The deadly bus crash in Taiwan that killed an entire Chinese tour group was caused by a "suicidal" driver who intentionally set the vehicle on fire, investigators said Saturday.

At least 15 dead in Bangladesh factory fire

Dhaka - At least fifteen people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said on Saturday.

Greenpeace firefighters 'attacked' by masked men in Russia

Moscow - At least two people were seriously injured when armed masked men attacked a team of volunteer Greenpeace firefighters and a local environmental group early Friday, activists said.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain

Lisbon - Thousands of firefighters in Spain and Portugal on Wednesday battled blazes that threatened locals and tourists, as authorities hoped the arrival of cooler weather would help tame the flames.

Arsonists blamed for Spanish wildfires

J - Spanish authorities on Tuesday blamed arsonists and record temperatures for wildfires ravaging the eastern coast near the popular resort of Benidorm that have forced 1,400 people to flee.

1,400 flee wildfire on Spain's Costa Blanca

Madrid - Some 1,400 people were evacuated after a wildfire fuelled by intense heat roared through brush surrounding a popular tourist resort on Spain's Costa Blanca, officials said Monday.

Death toll from birthday cake fire in N. France reaches 14

Rouen - The death toll from a fire in northern France this month, sparked by birthday cake candles, rose to 14 on Thursday after a young woman died in a Paris hospital, a family lawyer said.

Refugee in Germany dies while trying to burn his wife alive

Berlin - A refugee in a German shelter died Thursday while trying to set his wife on fire, leaving the woman seriously injured and part of the building ablaze, police said.

At least 16 migrants dead in Moscow warehouse fire

Moscow - At least 16 migrant workers mostly from Kyrgyzstan died in a fire that broke out at a Moscow warehouse early Saturday, Russian authorities said.

Landmark Hearst Castle closed as California wildfires bear down

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California said they are making progress slowing the advance of several devastating wildfires, but authorities ordered the temporary closure of a historic villa in the path of one dangerous inferno.

Nicaragua refinery fire under control: officials

Managua - Firefighters have contained a massive refinery fire on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, officials said Sunday.

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Oil from refinery blast slickens Nicaragua habitat: environmentalists

Managua - A massive refinery fire in Nicaragua caused an oil spill that has contaminated sensitive nearby coastal habitat, a nonprofit group here said.

Nicaragua struggles to control fire at sole oil refinery

Managua - Nicaraguan firefighters on Friday were trying to bring under control a huge fire at their country's only oil refinery that has been burning for two days, creating health fears over noxious smoke.

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled to douse a series of wildfires fueled by high winds, scorching temperatures and dry vegetation, which have forced tens of thousands of Californians to flee their homes.

California wildfire puts 82,000 at risk

Los Angeles - A fire raging east of Los Angeles spread rapidly Wednesday, posing a threat to more than 82,000 people and prompting the governor of California to declare a state of emergency.

Tesla probing car blaze in France

Paris - Pioneering US electric car firm Tesla said Tuesday it was probing an incident in which one of its Model S sedans caught fire while undergoing a test drive in France.

Bush fire threatens Rio mountain bike venue

Rio De Janeiro - The Olympic Games mountain bike competition will go ahead as planned, officials said on Tuesday, despite a nearby bushfire threatening the venue.

Man arrested for starting raging wildfire in California

Los Angeles - A man was arrested and charged with arson Monday for starting a massive wildfire in northern California that has destroyed 175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety.

Arson likely in deadly Iraq maternity ward fire, govt says

Baghdad - A fire that killed 13 children in an Iraqi maternity ward was apparently started intentionally, the health ministry's spokesman said on Sunday.

Firefighters battle blazes in France and Portugal

Marseille - Fires that raged through countryside near Marseille left a trail of destruction but were no longer threatening the southern French city on Thursday, while another blaze erupted near the Spanish border, forcing dozens to evacuate.

Wildfires tamed in southern France as new blazes feared

Vitrolles - Firefighters tamed wildfires on the northern edge of the French port city of Marseille overnight as strong winds and dry conditions threatened new blazes in the south, local officials said Thursday.
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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.
Benicia Fire Department
Sunset behind the Mount Charleston fire.  Henderson  Nevada.  July 9  2013
Sunset behind the Mount Charleston fire. Henderson, Nevada. July 9, 2013
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Toronto Fire on the job
Toronto Fire on the job
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While winter has arrived in Cape Town  the kitties are cuddling up in front of the gas heater.
While winter has arrived in Cape Town, the kitties are cuddling up in front of the gas heater.
Kenya s Naivasha township: There have been no causalities or injury’s reported but the fire has cl...
Kenya's Naivasha township: There have been no causalities or injury’s reported but the fire has cleared the slum leaving behind a completely burnt out community.
Marcus Gregar-Rive / KCC Slum Project
Kenya s Naivasha township: The fire left a charred landscape
Kenya's Naivasha township: The fire left a charred landscape
Marcus Gregar-Rive / KCC Slum Project
FDNY announced brothers died in this house fire early this morning.
FDNY announced brothers died in this house fire early this morning.
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DESTRUCTION: Only the chimney and hot-water heater remain of this fire-ravaged home in Middletown  C...
DESTRUCTION: Only the chimney and hot-water heater remain of this fire-ravaged home in Middletown, Calif., after the Valley Fire burned through the Lake County community on Sept. 18.
State Farm / Wikimedia Commons
As night approaches  the fire slows its advance toward Snow Summit
As night approaches, the fire slows its advance toward Snow Summit
March 6  2010 saw fire break out at Owens Hall on the Winthrop University campus in Rock Hill  South...
March 6, 2010 saw fire break out at Owens Hall on the Winthrop University campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Kenya s Naivasha township: Most of the children s hard school work had been destroyed in the blaze. ...
Kenya's Naivasha township: Most of the children's hard school work had been destroyed in the blaze. They may have lost everything but they still all survived.
Marcus Gregar-Rive / KCC Slum Project
Fire at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas  July 25  2015. Raw footage by John Wells
Fire at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, July 25, 2015. Raw footage by John Wells
John Wells
Flames roar in the hills above Chile s port city of Valparaiso on Saturday from a massive fire that ...
Flames roar in the hills above Chile's port city of Valparaiso on Saturday from a massive fire that killed at least 11 and destroyed at least 500 homes.
Diego Grez Cañete/Wikimedia Commons
I found this smoke evocative  considering hominins have been using fire for a million years in this ...
I found this smoke evocative, considering hominins have been using fire for a million years in this place. Was it Homo habilis down there?
Transformation by fire
Transformation by fire
A huge explosion caused much damage in Indianapolis on Saturday.
A huge explosion caused much damage in Indianapolis on Saturday.
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Canadian Tire store in Toronto s Leaside sets ablaze.
Canadian Tire store in Toronto's Leaside sets ablaze.
At midtown Toronto  black smoke could be seen in the sky due to a fire on top of a condo at the Wate...
At midtown Toronto, black smoke could be seen in the sky due to a fire on top of a condo at the Waterfront.
Division Commander of Toronto Fire Services  Bob O Hallaran.
Division Commander of Toronto Fire Services, Bob O'Hallaran.