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Five children fighting for life after French blaze: firefighters

Paris - A fire in a residential building near Paris on Sunday left seven people with serious injuries including five children who were in a "life-threatening" condition, firefighters said.

Chile in shock as 10 women perish in nursing home blaze

Santiago - Ten women burned to death in a blaze at a Chilean nursing home Tuesday, shocking the country and prompting a call by President Sebastian Pinera to shake consciences over treatment of the elderly.

Death toll from California fires rises to 10

Los Angeles - The toll from the California wildfires rose to 10 Thursday after a heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the Carr Fire was killed in a road accident, authorities said.

Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit as fire toll hits 93

Atenas - Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93.

Criminal case filed against BMW over S. Korea car fires

Seoul - A group of BMW owners in South Korea filed a criminal complaint against the German automaker Thursday over alleged delays in recalling more than 100,000 cars after a spate of engine fires, their lawyer said.

Portugal struggles to put out Algarve wildfire

Monchique - Wildfires scorched across Portugal's southern Algarve region on Wednesday, threatening more villages as the country's prime minister warned the blaze could burn for days before being brought under control.

Arid and ablaze, Europe battles deadly heat

Lisbon - Europe's scorching heatwave has killed nine people in a week in Spain, health authorities said Tuesday, as stifling temperatures kindled wildfires in the country and neighbouring Portugal where a ferocious blaze encircled a resort town.

Greek PM vows to end illegal building 'chaos' after fire disaster

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday vowed to end decades of illegal building "chaos" which he blamed for contributing to devastating fires last month that claimed scores of lives.

Portuguese wildfires encircle Algarve resort town

Lisbon - Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters and soldiers battled ferocious forest fires that threatened to engulf an Algarve resort town Tuesday, after sweltering temperatures kindled blazes that have whipped across the region.

Greek fire death toll rises to 91: officials

Atenas - A 95-year-old woman injured in Greece's deadliest fire last month died early Monday, raising the death toll to 91 as another top official blamed for the disaster stepped down.

Police, fire chiefs replaced after Greek fire disaster: official

Atenas - The Greek government, widely criticised for its handling of the devastating fires east of Athens which killed 90 people, on Sunday replaced its heads of the police and fire brigade.

Fire shuts highway between France and Spain

Madrid - A fire in northeastern Spain on the French border forced authorities to shut a highway linking the two countries for several hours on Saturday at the height of a heatwave, firefighters said.

Greek police minister quits over wildfires disaster

Atenas - Greece's minister responsible for the police, Nikos Toskas, quit Friday after the deadliest wildfires in Greek history, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said.

Greek police minister quits over wildfires disaster

Atenas - Greece's minister responsible for the police, Nikos Toskas, quit Friday after scores died in wildfires near Athens last month, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said.

Woman who lost baby in Greek wildfires dies

Atenas - A woman who lost her six-month-old baby in Greece's worst ever wildfires last month died in hospital on Friday, the country's health ministry said.

Wildfire threatens Spain natural park

Madrid - Firefighters were battling Wednesday to put out a wildfire near one of Spain's famous Estrecho natural park in the south west of the country.

US government approves aid as California battles raging wildfires

Redding - The US federal government approved aid Saturday for California as thousands of firefighters battled to contain a series of deadly raging wildfires that have killed six people, including two young children and their great grandmother, and destroyed hund...

Fire blocks major Paris station at height of holiday exodus

Paris - A major fire in the Paris suburbs paralysed traffic in and out of the city's Montparnasse train station Friday, just as thousands of French travellers head off on their holidays this weekend.

Forest fires, barbecue bans: heatwave scorches Europe

Paris - Firefighters battled forest blazes and authorities banned barbecues,warning citizens of near-record temperatures as a heatwave scorched much of Europe on Friday.

Wildfires, drought hit Sweden's Sami reindeer herders

Stockholm - Sweden's unprecedented drought and devastating wildfires are destroying vital grazing pastureland for indigenous Sami reindeer herders, whose livelihoods are already under attack from mining and logging as global warming changes the face of the Arctic....

Rescuers search fire-devastated Greek areas as toll hits 81

Atenas - At least 81 people died in huge wildfires around Athens, Greek authorities have said, as rescuers scoured scorched homes and burned-out cars for victims of one of the world's deadliest fire outbreaks.

Greek sports pledge support to victims of deadly wildfires

Atenas - NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led dozens of Greek athletes, sports clubs and associations on Tuesday in expressing their sympathy for the victims of the deadly wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region.

Mati's ashes: Raging fire lays waste to Greek town

Atenas - A heavy silence hangs over the burnt-out car wrecks and charred animal remains in Mati, a small coastal town east of Athens which on Tuesday was a picture of ash-covered desolation.

Athens fires among the deadliest in Europe this century

Paris - The wildfires raging near Athens, which have claimed at least 50 lives, are among the deadliest in Europe this century, with Portugal and Russia also suffering heavy losses.Here is a recap of the worst.

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Stockholm - Dozens of French soldiers specialised in firefighting arrived in Sweden early Monday to tackle blazes raging across the country during an extreme heatwave.

Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires

Stockholm - Dozens of forest wildfires raged across Sweden Wednesday, prompting Stockholm to ask for emergency EU help to fight the blazes, which broke out during an extreme heatwave in the Nordic region.

Five found dead, including toddler, in suspected French family row

Pau - French firefighters found five people dead, including a toddler, on Tuesday after a suspected domestic dispute in an apartment in the southwestern city of Pau.

Two suspects plead no contest in deadly US warehouse fire

Washington - Two men pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter over a fire that killed 36 people at a dilapidated California warehouse, which served as an entertainment venue and cheap housing for young artists.

Fire engulfs celebrated TV drama set in Istanbul: official

Istanbul - A celebrated outdoor film set in Istanbul, used in a number of top-rating Turkish soap dramas, caught fire on Friday but there were no casualties, local officials said.

Homes evacuated as wildfire rages in northern England

Stalybridge - Firefighters battling a rare large wildfire in northern England, which has sparked the evacuation of dozens of homes, are being hampered by changeable winds and combustible peat, officials said Wednesday.
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A London Duck Tour boat caught fire on the River Thames.
A London Duck Tour boat caught fire on the River Thames.
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Amanda the dog with her puppies after a house fire in Chile
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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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Firefighters work to put out a fire after a fireworks supermarket explodes.
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Yogi Bear shows off his many skills in 'Yogi Bear'
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Views of the La Atalaya area after the fire. The sky is still full of smoke.
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Canadian Tire store in Toronto's Leaside sets ablaze.
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At midtown Toronto, black smoke could be seen in the sky due to a fire on top of a condo at the Waterfront.
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The burned playground in Toronto's High Park
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A NASA satellite images shows the various fires raging across Colorado
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Luminarias festival in Spain
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Snow Summit Ski Resort, still to the east of the Summit Fire
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March 6, 2010 saw fire break out at Owens Hall on the Winthrop University campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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A view of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca after the serious forest fire in July 2013.
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El Lodge  a luxury ski resort in the Sierra Nevada in Spain has burned to the ground.
El Lodge, a luxury ski resort in the Sierra Nevada in Spain has burned to the ground.
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Fire quickly engulfs the car
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