Improperly disposed flammable liquid sparks fire in east Colorado Springs

0 View Comments The Colorado Springs Fire Department is reminding community members to properly dispose of flammable liquids after floor finishing liquid sparked a fire in east Colorado Springs. At about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Colorado Springs Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at a single- story, single-family house under construction at 2705 Lark Drive. When fire crews arrived, they saw smoke emitting from the eaves of the home. Fire department spokesman Capt. Brian Vaughan said bystanders told firefighters that the kitchen was on fire, and fire crews had the fire knocked down within five minutes of arriving. Related: Firefigthers knock down fire near I-25 and Garden of the Gods Road No one was inside of the home at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured. Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental and caused by the improper disposal of applicators used with a floor finishing product. The applicators soaked with the liquid were left inside of a plastic trash bag, causing it to heat up and eventually combust. The fire department is reminding people that flammable liquids, including gasoline, kerosene, lacquers, paint thinner, paint solvents, hair spray and certain cleaning fluids can be fire hazards because their vapors can easily ignite. Oily and solvent-wet rags should be stored in a tightly-sealed metal container or hang them outside to dry before discarding. Continue Reading

At least four children killed at Brazil day care after security guard doused them with flammable liquid and set fire

At least four children and a teacher were killed at a day care center in Brazil after a security guard doused them with flammable liquid and then set a fire. The horrific attack happened Thursday at the Innocent People day care center in the town of Janauba, CNN reports. Local officials have not released the victims' identities but said the children were between the ages of 1 and 4. Several outlets reported Friday that the death toll had risen to six children killed. Authorities have identified the security guard as 50-year-old Damiao Soares dos Santos. According to BBC, Santos poured a flammable liquid over several people inside the day care before starting a fire. He also set himself on fire, police said. Santos died from his injuries at the hospital. About 25 people, mostly children, were injured in the attack and are being treated at local hospitals for burns. BBC reports that some of those who were injured may need to be airlifted to specialized trauma centers in the state capital of Belo Horizonte. "I deeply regret this tragedy with the children in Janauba," Brazilian president Michel Temer tweeted. "I want to express my sympathy to the families. I, who am a father, imagine that this must be a most painful loss. We hope these things will not happen again in Brazil." Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the brutal attack. Local media outlets reported that Santos had been working at the day care center since 2008 and was recently fired. He allegedly came to the center Thursday to turn in paperwork before starting the blaze. The mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, declared seven days of mourning for the victims. Continue Reading

Three mentally disabled brothers dead in house fire; cops treating case as homicides after finding flammable liquid

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Three mentally disabled brothers were found dead in a house fire that appears to have been fueled by a flammable liquid in several spots. The deaths are being treated as homicides because of the discovery of the flammable liquid. Police haven't ruled out that one or more of the brothers may have started the blaze Thursday in Shenango Township, and stressed that there's no immediate threat to the public. Richard Fombelle, 57; Robert Fombelle, 56; and Daniel Fombelle, 50, had lived alone in the home since their mother died. Nearly everyone else who lives on the secluded, dead-end road is related, including the men's aunt, who lives next door. Family members contacted Friday declined to comment. "The aunt next door could smell smoke around 5 o'clock this morning," state police Cpl. Jeffrey Martin said Thursday. "They investigated in her house and couldn't find anything. It wasn't until 7:30 (a.m.) when someone passing the house actually saw the fire." A relative who called 911 said the brothers were mentally disabled, but police and family members haven't specified their disabilities. Township fire officials initially said they found nobody inside the house, even after searching the basement. The bodies were found hours later, close to one another in a portion of the basement not immediately accessible, police said. Autopsies were expected Friday, though investigators suspect the men died from smoke inhalation, Lt. Eric Hermick said. Police couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday, but they told reporters at the scene that the case is suspicious and being treated as a homicide case pending further tests on the evidence and more investigation. A dog trained to assist in arson investigations determined the fuel used to start the fire also was found inside a vehicle outside the home that burned. Some fuel was spilled outside the Continue Reading

At least 5,000 people evacuated near Knoxville, Tenn., after fire on train with toxic liquid

At least 5,000 people near Knoxville, Tenn., were evacuated early Thursday after a train carrying a toxic, flammable liquid caught fire. The fire was reported around midnight, as the flaming train lay on a road off Highway 321, near the Foothills Mall in Maryville, a Knoxville suburb. The train was carrying Acrylonitrile, a poisonous and highly flammable liquid that can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.  Seven Blount County Sheriff's Deputies were hospitalized from the fumes and are in stable condition, WBIR reported. A dozen other emergency responders need to be decontaminated.  About a half hour after the crash report, authorities mandated evacuations for thousands of people in a two mile radius of the crash site. The evacuations could last up to 48 hours, police said. The Red Cross set up a shelter at Maryville's Heritage High School around 5 a.m., and another shelter soon opened at the Foothills Mall.  Follow @jaysunsilver ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Florida teen doused with flammable liquid and set on fire; 3 juveniles held

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - A 15-year-old was badly burned after other teens doused him with a flammable liquid and set him on fire. Authorities were investigating whether he was attacked because he had stopped someone from stealing his father's bicycle the day before. Michael Brewer was hospitalized with burns over three-quarters of his body after the attack at a Deerfield Beach apartment complex Monday afternoon. Three juveniles were in custody, but their names and ages were not released. The boy's brother-in-law, Danny Martinez, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Michael is in serious condition but doing okay. Michael was burned on his torso and arms, Broward County sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said. Family members said most of his hair, including his eyelashes, had also been burned off. He had refused to attend classes at Deerfield Beach Middle School on Monday because of an incident Sunday when he stopped someone from stealing his father's bicycle, Martinez said. A juvenile was arrested Sunday, but authorities don't know whether that arrest was connected to the attack, Leljedal said. Instead of going to school, Michael went to the apartment complex to visit a friend. He told deputies that while he was sitting by the swimming pool, he was splashed with a flammable liquid and set ablaze. A neighbor heard his screams for help and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, said Malissa Durkee, Michael's sister. The teen then ripped off his shirt and jumped into the pool. Michael is expected to remain hospitalized for five months, Martinez said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Texas cops arrest screaming woman who tried to burn down yoga studio: reports

A Texas woman could use some yoga after police pepper-sprayed and arrested her in suspicion of torching a yoga studio. Dallas cops took Nancy Duarte, 41, into custody after witnesses claimed they saw her light the Sunstone Yoga on fire Saturday night, local reports said. The Dallas Morning News reports Duarte was heard yelling “I’m going to burn this (expletive) down. I don’t care if I go to jail,” while throwing matches and pieces of paper into the air. Authorities confronted Duarte with their guns drawn and then pepper-sprayed her when she apparently resisted the arrest. “She was screaming the entire way to the cop car, just erratic, crazy nonsense,” witness Phineas Bennett-Lovari told the Morning News. “I couldn’t believe that this stuff actually happens — especially a at a yoga studio — where it’s all about peace and Zen.” Bennett Lovari thinks she was only trying to make a scene. The small fire was quickly extinguished after a security officer called 911, but it caused about 100 patrons in the two-story strip mall’s businesses to be evacuated, reported WFAA-TV. Firefighters believe she used a flammable liquid to fuel the flames. She was jailed on charges of second-degree arson and resisting arrest. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Former Obama Pilot: The TSA has proven itself utterly inept at catching bombs, weapons at airport security

The fact that we haven’t had a Sept. 11-type terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the 15 years since that unforgettable act of aggression would seem to be a product of luck, much more than anything so clever as planning and design. Aviation security changed dramatically after the attacks. The government formed the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration under the guise of heading off future attacks. The federal budget to manage these agencies has ballooned to more than $41 billion, but are we getting our money’s worth? After the latest exposé on the TSA’s lack of effectiveness at catching weapons and bombs at airport security checkpoints, I’d have to say no. CAPTAIN ANDY: THUNDERSTORMS AS DANGEROUS AS HURRICANES TSA procedures, no matter how ineffective, are almost always reactionary and are not designed to stop something new; instead, they’ve always been a reponse to past security lapses or oversights. But the terrorists are always up to something new. A 2006 plot to blow up 10 planes by carrying liquid explosives in carry-on bags resulted in the carry-on restrictions that we still have today — you know, the ones that limit the size of your toothpaste tubes and deodorant sticks. Frankly, you could probably still do a lot of damage with the legal 3.4 ounces of carry-on liquids if they were flammable. (And what would happen if you had four or five terrorists working together and all boarded the same flight, each with their 3.4 ounces of flammable liquids?) A legally small travel-size can of aerosol hairspray is a blow torch, and perfectly legal. And you could easily light it with your legal book of matches or cigarette lighter that can be in your pants pocket. Since you can’t smoke on planes why is it even legal to carry matches on board? Then, there’s the bloated no-fly list consisting of about 21,000 names. It Continue Reading

Crude oil train derails in North Dakota; residents evacuate town

A train carrying crude oil derailed and burned outside a small North Dakota town, forcing its 25 residents to evacuate Wednesday morning, officials said. The BNFS Railway tanker veered off track at about 7:30 a.m. outside Heimdal, about 115 miles northeast of the state's capital, officials said. Ten tank cars burst into flame and continued to smolder five hours later. "It's all over the place," Wells County Sheriff's Office Deputy Janelle Pepple told the Daily News. "Thick, billowing black smoke; flames shooting 100 feet in the air. It's a pretty spectacular-looking fire." Including about 10 people from surrounding farms, about 35 people evacuated the area, Pepple said. No one was injured. "Everybody's safe. It's a big show. Everybody wants to look and see what's happening," she said of the community's reaction. Wells County resident Jennifer Willis told NBC News she heard the derailment from her house and it sounded like "thunder" and "little explosions." The smoke could harm people with respiratory problems but does not contain toxic chemicals like fumes from past crude oil train derailments, said Dave Glatt, the state environmental health chief. The Environmental Protection Agency is sending someone to see if the wreck contaminated a nearby waterway, known as the Big Slough, that drains into the James River, the Associated Press reported. Officials did not immediately say how they planned to combat the flames or if the oil contained highly combustible natural gas liquids. "In the past, we've just let these burn out," Cecily Fong of the state's Department of Emergency Services told Reuters. Five local fire and Hazmat crews are on the scene, KXNews reported. BNFS said it will work with first responders. Ten investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration are heading to the scene to determine the cause, acting administrator Sarah Feinberg said in a statement. North Dakota ships about two-thirds of Continue Reading

Australian teen agrees to get set on fire at party on Sydney beach, in hospital with ‘excessive burns’

A teenager is recovering in the hospital with "excessive burns" after agreeing to be set on fire at a party on a Sydney beach. The 18-year-old was set alight with aerosols and flammable liquids, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The teenager was said to be in a stable condition, but has been unable to talk to officers about the incident. He has burns over much of his body, including his back. Another 18-year-old was arrested after police were called to the party. The injured teenager was said to be with friends at the beach when the bizarre incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

France terror suspect sent selfie with severed head: officials

The French man who allegedly decapitated his boss and hung the head from a company fence took a selfie with the severed head — and shared the perverse pic with a friend, officials said Saturday. Yassin Salhi, 35, allegedly sent the gruesome photo via WhatsApp to a Canadian cell phone number, according to officials. French investigators were hunting for the recipient of the selfie, but were unable to confirm media reports that it was a person now in Syria.   Salhi was arrested Friday after killing his boss, Herve Cornara, and unsuccessfully trying to set off an explosion at the U.S.-owned Air Products factory near Lyon by plowing a truck into an area containing flammable liquids. The suspect instead caused only a small explosion and was attempting to ignite bottles of acetone when he was overpowered by firefighters, officials said. Follow The Daily News on Facebook. Click here to "Like." Before his capture, Salhi allegedly strangled and beheaded his boss, took the perverse photo, covered Cornara’s head in Arabic writing and attached it to the gates of the factory along with homemade ISIS flags, officials said. The disturbing transmission added a stomach-churning twist to an investigation that has not turned up any solid links to radical or foreign groups. The probe has revived concerns about terrorism in France less than six months after deadly attacks rocked the Paris area.   France has been on high terror alert since gunmen attacked the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher market in January. The terror attacks, led by Islamic extremists, left 17 people dead.   Salhi, who does have a history of radical ties, remained in police custody Saturday in Lyon along with his sister and wife. The father of three initially refused to cooperate with French authorities.   A Paris prosecutor’s spokeswoman said the suspect began speaking with investigators Saturday. She declined to provide details, Continue Reading