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Young partygoer dies after Taiwan water park disaster

Taipei - A 20-year-old partygoer died Monday after suffering 90 percent burns from a fireball that injured nearly 500 people at a Taiwan "colour party", with organisers facing charges after plumes of decorative powder ignited.

Hundreds injured in Taiwan water park blast 'hell'

Taipei - Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the injured at nearly 500 on Sunday, more than 200 of them seriously hurt.

Roaring wildfire threatens historic California mining town

Markleeville - California and Nevada firefighters battling a wind-fanned wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains conceded Tuesday that the blaze had outpaced containment efforts and was out of control.

Mexico nursing home fire kills 16

Tijuana - A fire engulfed a nursing home in northern Mexico on Tuesday killing at least 16 elderly residents in a pre-dawn inferno that may have been intentionally ignited, authorities said.

Fire ravages French basilica

Nantes - A spectacular blaze ravaged the roof of a 19th century basilica in western France on Monday, causing major damage but no injuries, authorities said.

Deadly Kiev fuel blasts set off blaze near military unit

- Hundreds of Ukrainian firefighters battled Tuesday to keep a blaze sparked by a deadly string of fuel depot blasts from engulfing a strategic military unit outside Kiev that has Mig-29 fighter jets and rockets on site.

More than 150 killed in Ghana petrol station blast, floods

Accra - More than 150 people have died in a devastating petrol station blast during heavy flooding in Ghana's capital, prompting the nation's leader to call three days of national mourning over the "catastrophic" loss of life.

At least 90 killed in Ghana petrol station fire

Accra - At least 90 people were killed in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra, as they sought shelter from heavy rains that caused widespread flooding, emergency services said Thursday.

Fire at clinic in Syria kills 27, mostly children: State media

Damascus - A fire at a small clinic in northeast Syria on Sunday killed 27 people, mostly children, and injured about 30 others, official media said.

Fire at China nursing home kills 38

Pingdingshan - A fire at a nursing home in central China left at least 38 people dead, officials said Tuesday, with bodies burned beyond recognition and wheelchairs reduced to charred frames.

German Alps hotel fire kills at least five

Berlin - A fire that ripped through a hotel in the German Alps on Saturday killed at least five people and wounded seven others, while another person was missing, police said.

Philippines govt vows to punish anyone liable for deadly fire

Manila - The owners of a Philippine factory where 72 people died in a fire could face time in prison, a government task force said Saturday, vowing to punish anyone found responsible as anger grows over the tragedy.

Philippines factory fire highlights sweatshop abuses

Manila - The deaths of 72 people in a fire that gutted a footwear factory in the Philippine capital has exposed abusive conditions for millions of poor and desperate workers across the nation.

Philippine factory fire kills 72, barred windows blamed

Manila - Seventy-two people died when a fire tore through a footwear factory in the Philippine capital, authorities said Thursday, as survivors blamed barred windows for the disaster and described sweatshop conditions.

Philippines blaze kills 28, dozens more feared dead

Manila - At least 28 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday, the city's fire marshal said.

Crowded SF tour bus burns on Haight Street

San Francisco - Dozens of tourists visiting San Francisco’s iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood got considerably more excitement than they expected May 3 when their tour bus caught fire and burned on Haight Street.

Rome airport in chaos after fire devastates terminal

Rome - Scores of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers had their travel plans wrecked Thursday after a fierce fire devastated part of a terminal at Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Chernobyl wildfire extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said on Saturday that firefighters have extinguished a forest fire that had burned for four days near the Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986.

Chernobyl wildfire nearly extinguished: Ukraine

Kiev - Firefighters have nearly extinguished a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986 and hope to put it out fully within two days, the emergency services said on Thursday.

Chernobyl wildfire controlled: Ukraine

Kiev - Firefighters have brought under control a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986, the emergency services said on Wednesday.

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

Kiev - A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world's worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said.

Russian TV channel admits reporter dropped cigarette at wildfire

Moscow - A Russian state television reporter dropped a lit cigarette butt at the scene of raging wildfires in Siberia, sparking a fire in grass a few metres from a village, his channel said Thursday.

Siberia wildfire toll rises to 34

Moscow - Raging wildfires in recent weeks killed 34 people, the emergencies minister said Tuesday in a new toll as President Vladimir Putin visited the stricken region.

Huge Siberia wildfires kill 26

Moscow - Twenty six people died and nearly a thousand sought medical treatment after wildfires blamed on reckless human behaviour swept through Siberia, Russian authorities said on Monday.

Drivers play football on UK motorway as coach catches fire

A coach on fire on the M25 motorway around London has led to long queues and very heavy traffic. Drivers fed-up with the situation are reported to have started an impromptu game of football on the road, prompting a police warning.

Fire on Russian nuclear sub under repair at shipyard

Moscow - Russian emergency crews on Tuesday struggled to extinguish a fire aboard a nuclear submarine undergoing repairs in dry dock as officials insisted the vessel was not carrying any nuclear fuel or weapons.

Future asylum centre torched in German town of far-right protests

Berlin - A building earmarked to house asylum seekers was set ablaze overnight, German police said Saturday, in an eastern town where the mayor recently resigned over far-right protests against his plans to house refugees.

Mexico probes deadly oil rig blast and fire

- Mexican authorities launched an investigation Thursday into what caused an explosion and fire on an oil platform operated by state firm Pemex that killed four workers and injured several others.

Four killed in fiery blast at Mexico oil rig

- Eight firefighting vessels with water cannon battled a blaze on a Mexican offshore oil platform for hours, an inferno that killed four workers and forced 300 to be evacuated.

Death toll in Mexico oil rig blast rises to four: official

- The death toll in an explosion and fire at a Mexican oil rig rose to four on Wednesday, state energy firm Pemex said.
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