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Fires and explosions make headlines in the United States daily. Set up a Google alert for the term “gas explosion” or “apartment fire,” and your inbox will be inundated with updates.
Here are some news items that made headlines over the weekend:
One dead, 1 injured in Topeka apartment fire
From KSNT.com in Topeka, Kansas: One person is dead after an apartment fire Sunday on the 700 block of SW Taylor St. in Topeka. This Topeka apartment fire is just one street over from an apartment fire Saturday night.
The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 722 SW Taylor. When crews arrived, they reported heavy smoke from a two-story apartment building.
Fire-suppression crews had to force entry into apartment #101, where they performed their primary search. While performing the search, two victims were located: One was transported to a local hospital in critical condition; the second was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither victim was identified.
The Topeka apartment fire was extinguished by the suppression crews. The Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit also responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
Officials say 10 people are out of their homes due to the Topeka apartment fire. The Red Cross was at the scene and is providing assistance for them.
If you have any information regarding this incident, contact Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.
Injured child dies after Medford apartment fire
From KOBI-TV 5 in Medford, Oregon: A little more than a week since an apartment fire in Medford sent four children to the hospital, one of those little girls, 5-year-old Olivia Chapman, has died.
The fire broke out at Cedar Tree Apartments in east Medford on Nov. 2. Six families were displaced.
Four children and two adults were sent to the hospital. Two children that were rescued had been trapped in the building during the fire. Crews did manage to get them out, but Olivia Chapman was sent to Portland with severe burns.
Staff at her school last week described her as an special girl.
“She captures the heart of anybody that seizes her. She is a spunky, energetic, fun, strong-willed, spirited young girl,” Orchard Hill Elementary principal Shawna Schleif said.
Olivia’s mother, Trish Ellsworth, posted on her Facebook page on Friday saying Olivia was facing heart and lung problems.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Olivia was placed on life support after her heart stopped Saturday. Family members confirmed that Olivia passed away sometime Sunday.
Firefighters have not announced what started the apartment fire.
Hampton apartment fire injures one, displaces 3 families
From WTKR-TV in Norfolk, Virginia: A kitchen fire in an apartment building has left one person injured and three families displaced Sunday evening.
The Hampton Fire Department responded to the fire in the 1500 Block of Briarfield Road just before 6 p.m.
The injured person was treated for minor injuries and released, officials say.
Firefighters say the fire was caused by accidental and careless cooking.
Five adults and seven children are being assisted by the Red Cross.
16 people lose homes in Raleigh apartment fire
From WRAL.com in Raleigh, North Carolina: Sixteen people lost their homes early Saturday in an apartment fire in northeast Raleigh.
About 75 Raleigh Fire Department firefighters responded to a blaze at a two-story apartment buildng at 5051 Wallingford Drive shortly after 5 a.m.
No injuries were reported.
Investigators said they believe the fire started when something was left unattended on a stove.