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May 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Five women killed in a bizarre limousine fire Saturday night in the Bay Area were part of a bachelorette party that included the bride-to-be, according to authorities and local media reports. The victims have not been identified, pending notification of relatives, authorities said. Four other women and the driver of vehicle managed to escaped the burning vehicle, which was crossing the San Mateo Bridge at the time. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Jose Mercury News that the limousine picked up the women in Oakland and was taking them to a hotel in Foster City as part of a bachelorette party.
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February 16, 2012 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Angered by a prison fire in Honduras that officials say killed more than 350 trapped inmates, rights advocates on Wednesday decried dangerous and overcrowded conditions that they say have long typified the country's neglected prison system. Officials said at least 356 people were confirmed dead by late Wednesday, after the blaze a day earlier consumed half the prison in the town of Comayagua in central Honduras. The toll is the highest from any prison fire in modern history. Rights advocates called for reforms of Honduran prisons, which for many years have been beset by chronic overcrowding, poor sanitation, inadequate food and ramshackle quarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Officials reported Saturday that the Rim fire has burned 219,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park as hot conditions posed new challenges for firefighters. The fire -- the fifth largest in state history -- is now 35% contained. Officials said the fire was "very active" in some places overnight and that aircraft would he used again Saturday to make water drops. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez
Evacuation orders have been lifted for Glendora neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that were threatened earlier in the day by the Colby fire. Residents who live in areas north of Sierra Madre Boulevard bounded by Yucca Drive on the west and Glendora Mountain Road on the east were being allowed back into their homes, police said Thursday night. Neighborhoods in Azusa west of Yucca Drive and north of Sierra Madre to California 39 were still closed as fire crews continued to battle the 1,700-acre blaze, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer and Fox 40
At least five structures have burned in a 7-alarm brush fire in the Northern California town of Fairfield. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 80 and Marigold Drive, according to Fox 40. KCRA-TV reported two homes on Marigold were lost and others were threatened. The fire also led to the closure of two lanes along I-80 because of fire and smoke on the shoulder, according to the California Highway Patrol. Evacuations in the neighborhood were ongoing. Officials said the flames were being fanned by hot, dry winds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A brush fire above Simi Valley had chewed up more than 40 acres by Thursday evening, but Ventura County firefighters have made tremendous progress in reining it in, authorities said. Capt. Mike Lindberry said 14 fire engines, more than 120 firefighters, water-dropping helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft have stalled the blaze. Those efforts were helped by a breeze that met the flames as they ran up the north face of a hill. “We're looking good,” Lindberry said of the fire, which was reported at 3:48 p.m. The flames affected local Metrolink service but were moving away from homes soon after the fire started.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials said they were stunned by the loss of life after a limousine burst into flames Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, leaving five women dead. “Any time we have a significant loss of life it's very difficult, but given the particular nature of what's transpired, it's just beyond words,” California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said Monday. The driver of the limo also spoke out Monday, calling the fire a "nightmare. " “Everything happened so fast,” LimoStop Inc. driver Orville Brown, 46, told CNN in an interview Monday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Angel Jennings and Joe Serna
OAKLAND -- The women involved in a deadly limo accident on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Saturday were friends who knew one another through nursing work and were celebrating the wedding of one of the five who died. "I'm shocked. It's devastating, a freak accident," Angela Huang told the San Jose Mercury News . Neighbors identified the newlywed as Nerizo Fojas. PHOTOS: Fatal limo fire A 31-year-old registered nurse at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Fojas had been married recently in the United States and the couple were planning to travel to her native Philippines next month to hold a ceremony for her family, media that had spoken with Fojas' family reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A brush fire that burned 90 acres Friday evening in Santa Clarita has been fully contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire, dubbed the Bee fire, was first spotted shortly after 5 p.m. in the 35700 block of San Francisquito Canyon Road. Television footage showed one structure in flames, and firefighters used water drops to protect other buildings. Authorities could not confirm late Friday how many structures may have been damaged or destroyed. The fire briefly burned close to power lines, said Cheryl Sims, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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September 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added. Fire activity continues to be limited to "isolated smoldering" within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.
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