Campfire group won't face charges for Calif. blaze

Date: 2/14/2009SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Ten people who built a campfire won't be charged with igniting a wildfire last fall that destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito, prosecutors said Friday.Santa Barbara…

2 NYC tenants acquitted in firefighter deaths

Date: 2/14/2009By COLLEEN LONGAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Two tenants were acquitted Friday of creating a deadly maze of illegal walls in their apartment building, forcing two firefighters responding to a blaze to jump to their…

Proving murder in case of wildfire arson difficult

Date: 2/14/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterSYDNEY (AP) — Outrage over the Australian wildfires that killed more than 180 people last week was white hot after police said some of the blazes may have been deliberately set.The prime…

Suspect charged in deadly Australian fire

Date: 2/13/2009By TANALEE SMITHAssociated Press WriterMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to…

Study: 9/11 lung problems persist years later

Date: 2/5/2009By AMY WESTFELDTAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders who became ill after working at the World Trade Center site found many had lung problems years later in a study the authors said…

Carbon Monoxide and Pets

It is very sobering to realize how many people are affected by carbon monoxide every year. These incidents always go up during natural disasters or power outages, like the one affecting so many right now.As much as we hear about carbon monoxide…

Power's return could take weeks in Ky., Ark.

Date: 1/29/2009By KRISTIN M. HALLAssociated Press WriterPADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Storm-battered residents of several states hunkered down in frigid homes and shelters Thursday, expecting to spend at least a week without power and waiting in long…

Trial begins for man accused in deadly Calif. fire

Date: 1/23/2009By GREG RISLINGAssociated Press WriterRIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor said Thursday that an auto mechanic was "a man bent on destruction" who ignited a wildfire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters in 2006.In…

Mass. woman charged in fatal '99 fire faces trial

Date: 1/12/2009By DENISE LAVOIEAssociated Press WriterBOSTON (AP) — For nearly a decade, Kathleen Hilton has been in jail, though she's been convicted of nothing.Prosecutors say the grandmother set a fire that killed five people, including…

Wash. woman dies; carbon monoxide found

January 6, 2009THE ASSOCIATED PRESSDENVER -- Investigators say a boiler vent damaged during a recent windstorm may have led to the high levels of carbon monoxide that left one college student dead.Denver's Chief Deputy Coroner Michelle Weiss-Samaras…