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Mandatory building fire risk labels proposed

October 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Fire safety can be impacted if a building is made from lightweight, prefabricated material, and legislation under debate would mandate placards for certain construction types in Ontario. “Truss and lightweight construction, when exposed to fire, can pose serious risks to responding firefighters,” Randy

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Heavy rains lead to water rescues in Kansas City area

August 22, 2017 Jim Suhr - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Several streets were flooded and blocked off from traffic in the Kansas City area on Tuesday after overnight rains pounded the region, prompting numerous rescues of stranded motorists and others who scrambled to safety atop rooftops.

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BC Wildfire Service says 19 fires burn together to create “largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history”

August 22, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Over 400 firefighters are working to contain the largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said 19 fires merged in an area west of Quesnel in the Interior, creating a single

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IBC encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with insurers as B.C. wildfires continue

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning out of control throughout much of the Interior, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with their insurer. Most home and

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Fire destroys N.L. apartment complex, leaves dozens homeless in St. John’s

June 27, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

JOHN’S, N.L. – A massive, fast-moving fire at a public housing complex has forced about 35 people out of their homes in a blaze that sent large plumes of smoke billowing above St. John’s, N.L. Fire platoon Chief Brian Tucker

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Six killed, 74 injured in massive London, U.K. high rise blaze

June 14, 2017 Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON – A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others. One desperate woman threw a baby out of a high window and a man on

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Fire at historic church just outside Halifax a ‘devastating’ blow: member

March 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

NORTH PRESTON, N.S. – Fire has caused extensive damage to a large, historic church considered the cornerstone of a small community just east of Halifax. Firefighters from five stations were called Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to extinguish a stubborn blaze

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Buildings evacuated after massive fire breaks out in midtown Toronto

February 15, 2017 Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Firefighters continued to pour water on a massive and “hazardous” blaze in midtown Toronto early Wednesday, several hours after the fire began and forced the evacuation of surrounding buildings. Division Cmdr. Len Stadler said the fire at The

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Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

January 20, 2017 Paolo Santalucia and Gregorio Borgia - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FARINDOLA, Italy – With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people

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In Tennessee wildfires, officials estimate $500M in damage

December 14, 2016 Jonathan Mattise - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NASHVILLE – Deadly wildfires caused more than $500 million in damage as they tore through a tourism community in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and killed 14 people, local officials estimated Tuesday. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters put

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Major fire causes extensive damage at Nova Scotia fish processing plant

November 17, 2016 The Canadian Press

EASTERN PASSAGE, N.S. – A major fire has caused extensive damage at a waterfront fish processing plant on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore. Brad Connors, a division commander with the Halifax regional fire department, said a call came in at about

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Wildfires, smoke shroud southern end of Appalachian Trail

November 11, 2016 Jeff Martin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATLANTA – All but a few of the nation’s largest active wildfires Thursday were burning in the South, where a relentless drought has turned pine trees into torches and forced evacuations in dozens of communities in the Appalachian foothills. High