Mass. woman charged in fatal ’99 fire faces trial

Date: 1/12/2009 By DENISE LAVOIEAssociated Press Writer BOSTON (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 three young girls, because she was allegedly angry her son’s ex-girlfriend wouldn’t let him see his two […]

Wash. woman dies; carbon monoxide found

January 6, 2009 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — 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 says 23-year-old Lauren Johnson died Monday after being taken from a third-floor unit at Josephine […]

7 killed in Philadelphia fire

Date: 12/28/2008 7:52 AM By KATHY MATHESONAssociated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dozens of Liberian immigrants mourned Saturday at a house where seven members of their community died in a fire that a survivor said started when a kerosene heater spilled fuel and exploded as it was being moved outdoors. Authorities have not released the […]

65 children sickened by carbon monoxide in China

Date: 12/25/2008 7:29 AM BEIJING (AP) — Sixty-five elementary school students in northern China were poisoned by carbon monoxide after smoke from a dormitory boiler seeped into their rooms, state media reported Thursday. Nineteen were still being treated in hospitals in Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Meng Lei, a regional health official, […]

Carbon monoxide sends 29 to Wash. state hospital

Date: 12/16/2008 11:00 PM BC-Carbon Monoxide,2nd Ld-Writethru/221 BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Nearly 30 people at a seafood business were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said Tuesday. Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Boyd said they were overcome by fumes at the Homeport Seafoods cold storage business. The fire department responded to a call Tuesday morning about […]

Mom charged in Ky. fire that killed her 2 children

Date: 11/18/2008 By KRISTIN M. HALLAssociated Press Writer A soldier’s wife has been charged with setting a fire at their Kentucky Army base home that killed her two young children. Billi Jo Smallwood, 35, also faces a federal charge of attempting to destroy a residential facility for members of the U.S. Army that caused the […]

Brown cloud back above Phoenix as temps drop

Date: 11/14/2008 PHOENIX (AP) _ Cooler weather has created ideal conditions for the return of the seasonal brown pollution cloud over the Phoenix metropolitan area. Visibility was rated as poor Thursday by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality although pollution levels did not climb high enough to trigger a health watch or warning. State air-quality […]

Study: Calif dirty air kills more than car crashes

Date: 11/13/2008 By TRACIE CONEAssociated Press Writer FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Lowering air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley would save more lives annually than ending all motor vehicle fatalities in the two regions, according to a new study. The study, which examined the costs of air pollution in two areas with […]

Vent Pipe to Blame in SD Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Date: 11/10/2008 BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) _ Authorities in Brookings think a missing vent pipe was to blame in the apparent carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a man and his daughter found in their home early Sunday. The victims are Grant Holmstrum, 54, and Janna Holmstrum, 21. Police Capt. Jeff Miller said the call came in […]

Worker on barge traveling near New Haven dies

Date: 11/8/2008 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The Coast Guard says a 52-year-old barge worker has died after being found unresponsive on the ship as it traveled near New Haven Harbor. Coast Guard Lieutenant Ellen Phillips says it appears that John Campagno died of carbon monoxide poisoning. An autopsy is planned. Crew members on the […]