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World Series tickets saved from fire, woman meets George Brett

Kansas City - A Kansas City woman willing to risk life, limb and the possibility of arrest to rescue her World Series tickets from her burning home, ended up crossing paths with baseball legend George Brett upon conclusion of the ordeal.

Weed man charged with starting Northern California wildfire

Weed - A 24-year-old Northern California man was arrested and charged Saturday with starting the Boles fire that burned through the tiny lumber town of Weed, destroying more than 150 homes.

Firefighters report gains against California's giant King fire

Pollock Pines - Firefighters in California appeared to be winning the race this week to contain the huge King fire consuming forest and threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra foothills, but shifting winds could imperil recent gains.

King wildfire containment may be hampered by high winds

CalFire and USFS crews have made good progress on containing the King wildfire in Northern California last night, even though the fire grew 2,000 acres, from 87,5 92 acres to 89,574 acres. Containment has now reached 37 percent as of Tuesday.

Photo Essay: Wildfires — When the woods burn around your homes Special

Wildfires put communities in danger and interrupts daily activities. A single fire can destroy homes leaving many homeless. And owners sometimes will die in a tragic and futile effort to save their homes.

Crimea firemen switch sides in Soviet-style ceremony

- Crimea's firefighters proudly switched allegiance on Tuesday, becoming the disputed peninsula's first department under Russia's full control after a hastily arranged ceremony reminiscent of the Soviet era."Lutsevich!

Switzerland hosts first national fire hydrant toss event

The Scots toss the caber, and apparently Alpine farmers have a traditional stone toss event, and now some firemen in the canton of Aargau have come up with their own version. The first-ever national "toss the fire hydrant event."

Firefighters gaining, but Rim Fire increases to 187,466 acres

Groveland - Firefighters continue to battle the flames in California's Sierra mountains, but the fire continues to grow. Still more than 5,500 structures threatened.

Hundreds evacuated in Mallorca due to out-of-control forest fires

Andraitx - 700 people have been evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of Mallorca as a fierce forest fire rages out of control. 300 firefighters from all over the island are fighting the blaze.

Las Vegas-area wildfire has consumed 25,500 acres since July 1 Special

Las Vegas - The wildfire raging west of the Las Vegas Valley was started by a lightning strike on July 1 and since then it has consumed more than 25,000 acres. The costs of fighting it are nearing $6 million and counting.

Op-Ed: 19 firefighters who died as heroes

Prescott - Nineteen firefighters lost their lives while fighting a wildfire in Arizona, the hightest amount of firefighters to lose their life in the line of duty since the 343 firefighters died on 9/11.

Firefighters lost in Arizona fire

Prescott - The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona has claimed the lives of firefighters. The official pronouncement came just before 8:00 p.m. PST tonight.

Baby dumped in toilet rescued from sewage pipe

A baby boy just a few days old, dumped in a toilet, was rescued by firefighters who took him to hospital still stuck inside the connecting sewage pipe.

Review: Powerful documentary BURN opening May 3 in Toronto Special

Detroit - In the 1950s Detroit was thriving. Times have changed. The population is down to 750,000 from 1.8 million with a third of the people unemployed. For the Detroit Fire Department it's a powder keg that ignites every night of the year.

5 Firefighters taken hostage in Georgia

At least five firefighters have been taken hostage in northwest Georgia, with the hostage taker barricading himself alongside the firefighters.

Safe traps Toronto man

Toronto - A young party-goer who decided to act out a alcohol-infused dare had to rely on the Toronto Fire department to free him after being trapped inside a safe.

Firemen join locksmiths in fight against evictions in Spain

As heartbreaking evictions continue in Spain due to the financial crisis, firefighters have now joined the protest against removing people from their homes by refusing to assist the bailiffs.

Local police and firefighters protest again in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - It seems that Tuesday is turning into a day for protest by local police and firefighters in Fuengirola, as for the second week in a row, whistles and noise filled the town centre.

Atlantic City firefighters sworn into office with iPad Bible app

In America, taking any kind of public office meant taking an oath where you put your hand on a Bible. Atlantic City firefighters had to do a bit of a twist on the tradition by using an iPad Bible app instead.

Police, firefighters protest at Town Hall in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - The local police and firefighters in Fuengirola have had enough of all the cuts to their salaries and benefits. They protested, with much noise, in front of the Town Hall on Tuesday.

Spengler's note: 'I do what I like doing best – killing people'

Webster - William Spengler, the shooter in the Christmas Eve neighborhood blaze in Webster, NY, and the deaths of two people, left a note. The note said he wanted to do what he liked best: killing people.

FDNY honors Sandy Hook victim who dreamt of being a firefighter

Newtown - Daniel Barden, a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, idolized his father's cousins who are firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

'Stand The Wall' operation shields Sandy Hook funerals from WBC

Newtown - Two days after Anonymous revealed Westboro Baptist Church's (WBC) plan to protest the funerals of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, members of the law enforcement and firefighting community decided to step in.

Video: Dutch dog becomes volunteer fireman

Harderwijk - The video of a dog in the Netherlands who decided to become a volunteer fireman has gone viral, receiving nearly 1.1 million views in the last 10 days.

Video: Firefighters release Chinese boy stuck in stone balustrade

He probably just wanted to peep through the hole, but he got more than he bargained for and rescuers were called to release him.

Photos of dog protecting puppies from house fire go viral

Temuco - One of the latest aww-worthy photos to go viral online focus on a German Shepherd reportedly saving her puppies from a house fire in Chile. The photos show Amanda gripping her pups in her jaws and placing them on a fire truck.

Greece battles against raging fires

Firefighters and soldiers battling fires raging for a second day in Greece are hindered by gale-force winds. Greek authorities have asked for help from Italy, France and Croatia, as more firefighting planes are needed.

Sex Show turns up the heat in Halifax Special

Halifax - Halifax Harbour may be surrounded by a plentitude of water, but it is on fire. Local firefighters are doing nothing to stop it.

Six firefighters killed in forest fire in Chile, arson suspected

Temuco - Six firefighters were killed and two were seriously burned while fighting a forest fire in the Araucania region in Chile; another worker is still missing. Authorities believe arson is involved.

Fire erupts in Universal Studios backlot

Los Angeles - A fire started in a three-story building located inside the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. There have been no reports of any injuries.
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home  as in this wildfire it is approach...
When a fire is spreading quickly or its about to threaten a home, as in this wildfire it is approaching a farm, policeman will help to keep a fire from spreading. In this 2006 photo, North Port police officer Noel Coward is pulling a hose to help firemen, already fighting the blaze, so they can extend the reach of the water.
Retired firefighters standing near the famous statue near Queen s Park.
Retired firefighters standing near the famous statue near Queen's Park.
A fuel truck is refueling the Sarasota County Sheriff s helicopter near the scene of a wildfire. Thi...
A fuel truck is refueling the Sarasota County Sheriff's helicopter near the scene of a wildfire. This saves time from having to fly to an airport to refuel. This way, the helicopter is back on the fire quickly.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and other public officials listening to speeches.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and other public officials listening to speeches.
President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
Pete Souza / The White House
 Don t play with security.  No more cuts!  Officials are not the problem.  Local police & firefi...
"Don't play with security. No more cuts! Officials are not the problem." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
A fireman ensures that everyone leaves this house as a fire in the back is about to overrun it. A wo...
A fireman ensures that everyone leaves this house as a fire in the back is about to overrun it. A woman is holding her dog as the fireman helps other occupants. The firemen were able to stop the fire before it reached their back yard and saved the house.
Firefighters honouring those who perished.
Firefighters honouring those who perished.
Rough translation:  Full for Oña (Mayoress) and the scavenger civil servants.   Local police & ...
Rough translation: "Full for Oña (Mayoress) and the scavenger civil servants." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
This Department of Forestry firefighter isn t running from the flames. He is hurrying to see how ste...
This Department of Forestry firefighter isn't running from the flames. He is hurrying to see how steep the embankment is near a bridge. These firefighters bulldoze paths deep into the wildfire to allow the firemen to get their trucks and other equipment in.
Firefighters from the FDNY and other departments attend the funeral of Daniel Barden.
Firefighters from the FDNY and other departments attend the funeral of Daniel Barden.
Jeff Kolb/Twitter
Firefighters line up along the funeral procession route for Daniel Barden.
Firefighters line up along the funeral procession route for Daniel Barden.
Kim Kap/Twitter
After fighting a 5-acre brush fire  two firefighters initiate a rookie by hosing him down. Such acti...
After fighting a 5-acre brush fire, two firefighters initiate a rookie by hosing him down. Such activities help relieve the stress that fighting such fires that places them in danger of injury or death.
 Citizens and public employees are not responsible for the waste  - Local police & firefighters ...
"Citizens and public employees are not responsible for the waste" - Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in s...
Fires left unattended with thick underbrush can set off large wildfires that consume everything in sight.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
A North Port fireman puts out a brushfire that started when a homeless man s homemade structure went...
A North Port fireman puts out a brushfire that started when a homeless man's homemade structure went up in flames. It can be barely seem in the steam and smoke coming off the forest's floor.