Fire

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The return of rainy weather to New Hampshire may start to reduce the risk of brush fires.

Unusually dry conditions last week led to brush fires in more than a half-dozen towns and cities in southern New Hampshire.

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According to the state Division of Forest and Lands, fire danger is very high across the entire state. Fire fighters were battling brush fires in more than a half-dozen towns yesterday.

“Yesterday was probably the busiest day we’ve so far this spring” says Brad Simpkins, director of Forest and Lands, “and actually one of the busiest days we’ve probably had in the last few years."

Investigators believe an apartment fire in Nashua, New Hampshire, that led to a woman's death and caused two people to jump from a second-story window started on a porch.

Fire marshals are still investigating the fire that tore through the building on Monday morning.

The name of the woman who died has not been released; an autopsy was scheduled.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports authorities say the people who jumped were not hurt.

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office are expected to be at the scene of a restaurant destroyed by a fire in Claremont, New Hampshire.

The fire was reported before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Joey's on the River.

Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron tells WMUR-TV the back of the building is right on the river, so it was difficult to access that part.

No one was injured.

Rustic Crust Pushes To Restart Production In April

Mar 17, 2014
American Flatbread Pizza
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  Construction crews are working two shifts a day to open a temporary facility for the Rustic Crust company in Pittsfield.  Earlier this month a fire burned down its production facility.

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In 1975, Boston firefighters battled more than 400 blazes. Last year, there were only forty. That 90 percent drop reflects a nationwide victory in the crusade against fires, but even as America’s blazes burn out, the number of career firefighters per capita remains relatively unchanged.  

Leon Neyfakh is Ideas reporter for The Boston Globe. 

Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.

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A raging fire gutted the Al Hafeet tower late last month, a 20-floor residential building in the United Arab Emirate city of Sarjah.  The incident drew uncomfortable comparisons to other recent blazes in a region known for spectacular high-rise sky-scrapers.  One expert in the United Arab Emirates has estimated that 70% of high-rise buildings in the gulf are at a high risk of catching fire.  Here to discuss this growing safety concern is Bill Law, gulf analyst for the BBC News.

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Spring is a time that worries fire fighters because the forest and brush are not yet green enough to resist a flame.

That was a problem Wednesday afternoon in Littleton.

Diana Levesque never wants to wake up from a nap this way again.

She was sleeping Wednesday afternoon when she heard noises outside her home high on a hill on the outskirts of Littleton.

Fire trucks were pulling up around her house and there were flames all around.

“The woods are all on fire and the wind is blowing. It was just crazy. I pretty much had a heart attack.”

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L. Scott

A civilian worker has admitted to starting a fire aboard the U.S.S. Miami nuclear submarine last May.  The fire caused $400 million in damage, and was followed by another suspicious dock fire.

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Wildfires out West and in New Hampshire have been making headlines this spring and summer. Wildfires have burned 177 acres in the Granite State this year, damaging twelve buildings and injuring three people.

But when there aren’t any fires it can also lead to problems. Now some organizations have to set fires on purpose, to preserve a vanishing habitat.

If you want to get an idea what some parts of New Hampshire used to look like, you’ve got to find a spot where people don’t live. Like, alongside an airport runway.

Fatal Fire in Berlin

Jul 8, 2012

A body was found in a burned-out garage in Berlin Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from state and local fire officials.

The fire was reported in a garage at 16 Williamson Avenue about 12:30.

The garage was engulfed in flames when the fire department arrived and the body  was found after the fire was extinguished.

The name of the victim was not released and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Fire officials said they are still investigating the cause of the fire but there's a possibility repairs were being made to a vehicle.

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Gov. Lynch has signed a bill to establish a fire training site in Bethlehem.

It will allow a long-sought $550,000 training facility.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sound of fire departments being dispatched for fire in Bethlehem…

For decades North Country fire fighters rushing to fires such this one last month first had to go to Concord for training and practice.

And for years fire chiefs have dreamed of having a training facility above the notches, says Jack Anderson, the fire chief in Bethlehem.

A wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver continues to burn out of control. It's destroyed dozens of homes and buildings, and with two people confirmed dead and another missing, it looks to be Colorado's deadliest wildfire in decades.

A day and a half after the fire started, the weather at the command post is so beautiful it's hard to imagine the nearby blaze is raging almost out of control. Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department calls the Lower North Fork Wildfire a monster.

 

The state agency responsible for protecting forests from wildfires is warning that state forests are more at risk of burning this year.

Forest Ranger Bryan Nowell says state forests are now seeing conditions that usually are more typical of mid-April.

"That's due to the fact that pretty much since the first of the year we haven’t had a lot of snow events or rain events, so all the leaves and brush and debris that’s come down over the winter has been there drying all winter long," Nowell says.

Fire officials say one person died yesterday in a house fire on Swiftwater Road in Woodsville.

The fire was reported about 3 p.m. and while fighting the fire a body was found on the second floor of the home, according to a news release from the state fire marshal’s office.

The positive identification of the victim and autopsy results are pending.

Fire officials said they didn’t find any working smoke alarm on either the first or second floor of the home.