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South Austin duplex catches fire

Posted on September 21st, 2010 No Comments

Austin firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 call about a south Austin duplex catching fire early yesterday morning at around 6 AM.  Firefighters told reporters that when they arrived at the 3300 block of Clawson Road there was smoke and flames coming from the building.

When fire crews arrived, the duplex’s five residents had already escaped.  Firefighters were able to rescue two pets, a ferret and a snake.  The building’s residents told officials that they were awoken after the fire caused their home’s windows to break.

Arson detectives are currently investigating the accident.  They believe that the fire started on patio furniture on the duplex’s back porch.  Officials estimate $100,000 worth of damage was done to the home.

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Houston fire destroys 10,000 voting machines

Posted on August 27th, 2010 No Comments

The Harris County Election Technology Center warehouse in Northeast Houston caught fire early this morning and destroyed over 10,000 voting machines used in Harris County elections.

The fire started around 4:30 this morning and quickly grew to be a three-alarm fire.  Officials are currently unsure of what started the fire, but will begin investigations soon.

The warehouse stored more than 10,000 voting booths and e-Slates used during local, state, and national elections.  Houston city officials said they do not know what they will do for the upcoming governor’s race which begins early voting in October, and has election day on November 2nd.

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Investigation Continues in El Paso Warehouse Fire

Posted on June 21st, 2010 No Comments

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive warehouse fire in South Central El Paso Friday night.

The blaze occurred at the Los Angeles El Paso Express warehouse on the 1700 block of Delta Drive shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday. Authorities say firefighters quickly placed a second alarm on the fire, and summoned more than 65 firefighters to put down the flames. It took crews more than four hours to put out the fire, as thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.

“The smoke was pretty smothering,” said Martha Lopez, who lives near the warehouse. “It did make it quite difficult to breathe. I have an elderly mom, and we were both struggling.”

Response crews remained on the scene of the fire through the night and well into Saturday afternoon.

Investigators continue to probe the cause of the fire and asses the damage done. Preliminary reports on the scene indicated that pallets were fueling the blaze, but it is unclear what exactly was inside the warehouse.

No injuries were reported.

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Fire and explosion damage north-central Texas town

Posted on June 17th, 2010 No Comments

A massive explosion at Cleburn, Texas, roughly 50 miles southwest of Dallas, was responsible for the death of three people.

The explosion occurred purportedly after a project that was digging in the area struck the gas line buried in the earth. The explosion triggered a widespread fire through the rural community, stretching out to an estimated circumference of 400 to 600 feet.

Eyewitness accounts reported that the explosion itself sounded like a loud thunderclap, which was followed by a sound that was something similar to a tornado. The noise from the incident could be heard several miles away from the site.

Six people were taken by helicopter and ambulance to local hospitals by the Johnson County emergency crews.

Passer-by extinguishes Austin restaurant fire

Posted on May 28th, 2010 No Comments

Fire marshal Tim Hansen said a grease fire began on the stove of an Austin restaurant Saturday afternoon while food was being prepared before the restaurant opened for business that day.  A cook put a lid over the flames and the sprinkler system was activated, but it wasn’t enough to put out the flames.

A 65-year-old Austinite was stopped at the intersection in front of the restaurant when he noticed smoke pouring from the building.  When he pulled over to see what was wrong, the owner of the establishment ran out and told him to call the fire department.  Instead, the man ran inside, grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames.

After putting out any kind of a fire, it is crucial to still call the fire department to make sure the flames have ceased completely. In February, a blaze that began as a grease fire in a Minneapolis restaurant destroyed the entire restaurant and four attached businesses.

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Man admits guilt in arson case

Posted on May 13th, 2010 No Comments

A man plead guilty to charges of arson last Tuesday in Seguin. The man, 61 years-old, was arrested April 7, 2009 after an outbreak of fires in vacant residences.

Although police were able to identify the man at his first fire, there was not probable cause to make an arrest. Following another fire, this time on the 700 block of West Kingsbury Street, the state fire marshal’s office opened an investigation. The man then set fire to a vacant house in the 400 block of Gonzales Street. Although the arsonist had been indicted by a grand jury, he was able to set yet another fire to an empty home on Austin Street. By this time, he was apprehended after failing to appear at his arraignment.

His sentence included a 10 year prison term. He previously served an almost 20 year term in a state prison for a burglary that culminated him in setting a fire.

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Fire at Austin school destroys playground

Posted on April 23rd, 2010 No Comments

A fire last week broke out at a playground at an Austin school, completely destroying play equipment and damaging nearby trees.

After the fire, police soon announced that they held two juveniles in custody on the suspicion of starting the blaze at Brooke Elementary school in east Austin. Police state that the two juveniles started the fire early in the night of April 11 and are now facing charges of “criminal mischief by arson,” a 3rd degree felony. Luckily no one was injured in the accident, but now the school must clean up the mess and buy new equipment. School officials say they do not know now how long it will take before the school children and community members will be able to use the playground again.

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Texas Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Attempted Arson

Posted on April 9th, 2010 No Comments

A man from Texas has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for the 2006 attempted arson of luxury condos in Pasadena.

According to court documents, 44 year-old Steven James Murphy planned to torch the 30-unit Vista Del Arroyo Bungalows at 40 Arroyo Drive using a 64 ounce plastic bottle containing gasoline and a delayed ignition timer. Thankfully, the device failed to ignite.

Murphy was sentenced Monday at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, and admitted to committing the crime on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front, an environmental extremest group. Murphy accepted a plea bargain, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson.

According to the plea bargain, Murphy learned how to make the explosive device from an accomplice, and decided to burn down the multimillion-dollar building project to intimidate and inflict economic harm on individuals they believed were causing harm to the environment.

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Northwest Austin apartment fire leaves 30 homeless

Posted on March 26th, 2010 No Comments

An apartment fire in northwest Austin has left 30 people without a home and caused $2.6 million in property damage.

The fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. on Thursday at 9219 Anderson Mill Road. Sixty firefighters from the Austin and Jollyville fire departments reported to the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigators say that because the building collapsed, further investigation is needed. Luckily, no one was injured.

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