Explosions and fires are responsible for making headlines around the country on a daily basis.
Set a Google alert for “home explosion” or “apartment fire,” and your inbox will be overrun with updates.
Here is a sampling of recent headlines:
McCall home explosion
kills man, injures girl
From KTVB-TV, Boise, Idaho: A McCall home explosion in a neighborhood near the McCall Golf Club destroyed a home Sunday afternoon in McCall, Idaho. A man was killed in the McCall home explosion, according to McCall Fire Department officials.
A teenage girl was in critical condition after the McCall home explosion. She was airlifted for medical treatment to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, about 108 miles south of McCall, after being rescued.
“She was screaming; that’s how we knew someone was down there,” said Jake Class from the McCall Fire Department. “There really wasn’t any house around her, she was basically sitting in the center of the rubble of what was left and we were able to get her up out of there.”
It is unknown if the two people lived in the home. The victims’ identities have not been released.
Two neighboring homes were significantly damaged but no one was inside them at the time.
KTVB crews at the scene said there is only a crater left where the house was, and debris was scattered nearly 150 feet away.
The City of McCall Facebook page posted that it was a propane explosion on Fairway Drive in McCall.
A McCall Fire Department spokesperson said firefighters arrived on the scene at about 5 p.m. after receiving reports of an explosion that could be heard around town and seen from the fairway at the golf course.
The investigation is ongoing.
Gas tank explosion
causes panic in south LA
At about 7:45 a.m., a 9,000-gallon tanker that was leaking gasoline caught fire and exploded, and two people were injured, the LAFD said. In addition, a home burned down.
Two women were hospitalized. One victim suffered serious burns, the department said.
“It was a massive explosion,” said Joseph Casillas, who said he saw flames rising from the sewers after the blast. “You could see the fire, it was like a tornado 10-feet high.”
The fire caused pressure underground that displaced several manhole covers, which initially led to reports that the explosion was the result of a natural gas leak, authorities said.
A hazardous materials squad was on scene to assist in preventing the gasoline from reaching the ocean and an arson team is investigating, the department said.
Thirty people were displaced due to the damage and the remaining odor, LAFD assistant chief Jamie Moore said in a news conference Sunday evening. Moore also said there was minimal damage in the storm drains, and that the department was investigating with help from the Los Angeles Police Department to determine why the container was in a parking lot so close to homes.
Detroit Lakes man injured
in fish house explosion
From DL-Online: A 2014 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School was injured Sunday morning in a gas explosion in a fish house in Moorhead. Michael Herzog is in critical condition after sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, according to a CaringBridge site set up by his family.
Herzog was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, and he subsequently was airlifted to St. Paul’s Regions Hospital, where he has been sedated and will be reassessed after 72 hours.
The explosion was reported at 7:48 a.m. Sunday in a fish house that was in a parking area in the vicinity of 12th Avenue S. and 14th Street S. in Moorhead, said Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin.
Wallin said firefighters were called to the location and found evidence of an explosion inside the fish house. Herzog was alone.
The fire was out when emergency workers arrived. “Looks like it self-extinguished,” Wallin said.
Herzog was a three-sport athlete at Detroit Lakes High School. He won two state golf championships and is the school’s all-time scoring leader in football.
Herzog, who is the son of Mike and Jodie Herzog of Detroit Lakes, is a marketing major and junior at Concordia College, where he played quarterback for the Cobbers football team.
“We are so thankful that Michael is alive,” Brook Herzog wrote on the CaringBridge site Monday morning. “It is truly a miracle. We ask that you please join us in praying for Michael’s continued strength, healing, that his burns are no greater than second degree, and that he resists infection as he recovers. Thank you all so much for your caring messages and continued prayers. We appreciate them more than we can say.”
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