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Milder wind helps firefighters in Texas, Okla.

Date: 4/10/2009SEAN MURPHYAssociated Press WriterMIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters mopped up hot spots Friday from wind-driven wildfires that injured at least 34 people in western and central Oklahoma and destroyed more than 100 homes.Three…

Oslo police detain man over fire that killed 6

Date: 3/18/2009OSLO (AP) — Norwegian police say they have detained a man on suspicion of arson in an apartment building fire late last year that killed six people and injured 12 in Oslo.The fire ripped through the five-story apartment building…

Investigator: Teen admitted setting 9 Pa. fires

Date: 3/13/2009WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — An investigator says a teenager accused of setting nine fires in an arson-plagued Philadelphia suburb led them to several of the scenes and confessed to the crimes.Nineteen-year-old Roger Leon Barlow…

Teen arrested in 7 arsons in fire-ravaged Pa. town

Date: 2/19/2009COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 19-year-old was charged Thursday with setting at least seven fires in an arson-plagued steel town, including a block-long blaze that displaced dozens of people last month.Roger Leon Barlow Jr., of nearby…

Australian wildfire survivors seek help to rebuild

Date: 2/19/2009By KRISTEN GELINEAUAssociated Press WriterWHITTLESEA, Australia (AP) — The electrician's tools were incinerated, the trucker's rig reduced to a useless, burned shell. The deadly wildfires that swept southern Australia destroyed…

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…

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…

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…

Cigar blamed for apartment fire, injury

Date: 10/31/2008 12:35 PMWEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Authorities say a cigar appears to have started a chair on fire, damaging a West Fargo apartment and injuring the tenant.Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider says 61-year-old Leslie Moore had been sitting…

Ky. legal experts mull reopening deadly 1977 fire

Date: 10/28/2008By ROGER ALFORDAssociated Press WriterFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday he has asked legal experts to determine whether new evidence warrants reopening an investigation into one of the nation's deadliest…