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June 22, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
A vehicle fire in south Orange County was the second of its kind to ignite a larger blaze on Father's Day. A garage and two bedrooms in Dana Point were gutted in the latter blaze. Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority said that occasionally a car fire will to lead to a larger fire. The first blaze Sunday, which burned 30 acres at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano, was ignited by a recreational vehicle, Miller said.
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December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See the note at the bottom for details. A 63-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was burned in a vehicle fire on an Orange County freeway, officials said Monday afternoon. The woman was a passenger with her husband traveling south on the 241 toll road in Orange County when the blaze broke out shortly after 2:30 p.m., fire officials said. "The fire went through the firewall" and burned the woman, who sustained second- and third-degree burns on her face, arms, back and legs, said Capt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1985
One man was killed early Thursday morning in a vehicle fire in the 4600 block of Pacific Highway, fire officials reported. According to authorities, B.J. McCrakin, 42, of the 2100 block of San Diego Avenue, fell asleep while smoking in the cab of a friend's pickup truck. Deputy Coroner Chuck Bolton said the truck's owner, Dalton Meek, who had been sleeping in the camper portion of the truck, was awakened by smoke and fire. Meek was uninjured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White called the death of Ye Mengyuan, a 16-year-old passenger of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 who was struck by a firetruck after the plane crash-landed, a “tragic accident” and said in a news conference that the incident is still under investigation. Ye, a Chinese student, died of “multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle,” San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault said Friday. “She was alive when she received the injuries,” he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1994
An early morning fire gutted a carport Saturday at an apartment building near Golden West Street and Westminster Boulevard, destroying two cars and slightly injuring a firefighter who was battling the blaze. The vehicle fire, reported at 2:10 a.m., started in a carport at an apartment complex at 14267 Village Way. Firefighters had it under control within 10 minutes, Campbell said. The blaze caused about $30,000 in damage to the structure and the cars.
NEWS
August 5, 1987
Gerald Hollek, suspected of killing his two daughters, will be arraigned today in Nevada County Superior Court on two counts of first-degree murder, Sheriff Bill Heafy said. Heafy also said the district attorney will seek the death penalty. Hollek, 33, was captured Monday night, about two miles from the Northern California campground where 7-year-old Anna Hollek and her 5-year-old sister, Alyssia, perished in a recreational vehicle fire early Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A 63-year-old man who was set on fire while sitting inside his sport utility vehicle outside a 7-Eleven store in Long Beach on Friday has died, authorities say. The victim was pronounced dead Monday morning at a local hospital, three days after the incident. Long Beach Police Department identified him as Jerry Payne. Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old homeless man, was initially booked on suspicion of attempted murder and on two outstanding warrants Friday night. Authorities say they will now rebook Clark on suspicion of murder.
AUTOS
October 26, 2005 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
Trapped in a burning car during an Oct. 16 accident on the Hollywood Freeway, Alexis Reinoso, 22, slipped in and out of consciousness as two LAPD officers and bystanders frantically tried to pull him out. His legs were "pinned between the steering wheel and dashboard, and he was screaming in pain," said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Paul Waymire. Flames were coming out from under the hood and windshield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See the note at the bottom for details. A 63-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was burned in a vehicle fire on an Orange County freeway, officials said Monday afternoon. The woman was a passenger with her husband traveling south on the 241 toll road in Orange County when the blaze broke out shortly after 2:30 p.m., fire officials said. "The fire went through the firewall" and burned the woman, who sustained second- and third-degree burns on her face, arms, back and legs, said Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Garrett Therolf
A limousine company involved in the fatal vehicle fire Saturday night in the Bay Area issued a statement Sunday saying that it was "deeply saddened" by the deaths. "LimoStop Inc. will do everything possible to investigate and assist authorities in determining the cause of this fire in order to help bring forth answers and provide closure to the victims and their families," the statement said. Two survivors were listed in critical condition, and five women were killed in the fire, according to hospital officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Garrett Therolf
A limousine company involved in the fatal vehicle fire Saturday night in the Bay Area issued a statement Sunday saying that it was "deeply saddened" by the deaths. "LimoStop Inc. will do everything possible to investigate and assist authorities in determining the cause of this fire in order to help bring forth answers and provide closure to the victims and their families," the statement said. Two survivors were listed in critical condition, and five women were killed in the fire, according to hospital officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A 63-year-old man who was set on fire while sitting inside his sport utility vehicle outside a 7-Eleven store in Long Beach on Friday has died, authorities say. The victim was pronounced dead Monday morning at a local hospital, three days after the incident. Long Beach Police Department identified him as Jerry Payne. Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old homeless man, was initially booked on suspicion of attempted murder and on two outstanding warrants Friday night. Authorities say they will now rebook Clark on suspicion of murder.
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December 25, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
The New York felon who set a Christmas Eve trap for firefighters left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I do best: killing people," police said Tuesday. Investigators found human remains in the burned-out home of ex-con William Spengler, 62, a day after his rampage in Webster, a Rochester suburb. Officials said the remains probably were those of Spengler's missing sister, Cheryl, 67. Spengler apparently set the blaze in or near his home and lay in wait, killing two firefighters and seriously wounding two more before taking his own life, officials said.
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December 25, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
This time, there was a note. Before ex-con William Spengler, 62, opened fire on firefighters who had responded to a blaze at his home in Webster, N.Y., on Christmas Eve, killing two and seriously wounding two others, he'd typed a couple pages announcing his plans, police said. "I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I do best: killing people," Spengler wrote, police said Tuesday. The previous morning, Spengler shattered the holiday calm with a shocking assault that officials found uncharacteristic of the 14 years he'd spent out of prison since killing his grandmother with a hammer in 1980.
AUTOS
December 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford said it has developed a fix that stops an engine-overheating and fire problem in some of its newest Escape SUV and Fusion sedan models. The automaker has recalled about 16,000 Fusions and 73,000 Escape SUVs because of problems that could cause engine fires. The recall involved only 2013 models equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, the automaker said. The issue does not affect Escape or Fusion models with other engines, it said. To fix the condition, Ford said Monday, it will make software updates to the cooling system of the 1.6-liter engine, available in the SE and SEL models of the vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, David Zahniser and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
A rash of arson fires in the dark of night set Los Angeles on edge over New Year's Eve, and authorities deployed hundreds of extra firefighters, patrol cars, undercover officers and helicopters to stop the attacks. On Saturday night, firefighters rushed to multiple fires, quickly extinguishing a vehicle fire in a Hollywood carport and responding to another in the massive parking structure at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Those blazes followed at least 38 other suspicious fires between Thursday night and Saturday morning, making it the worst wave of arson since the 1992 riots.
AUTOS
December 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford said it has developed a fix that stops an engine-overheating and fire problem in some of its newest Escape SUV and Fusion sedan models. The automaker has recalled about 16,000 Fusions and 73,000 Escape SUVs because of problems that could cause engine fires. The recall involved only 2013 models equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, the automaker said. The issue does not affect Escape or Fusion models with other engines, it said. To fix the condition, Ford said Monday, it will make software updates to the cooling system of the 1.6-liter engine, available in the SE and SEL models of the vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five small fires set in the beach community of Silver Strand near Oxnard early Monday morning have rekindled fears among residents and fire investigators that a serial arsonist has resurfaced after a break of nearly three months. Two vehicles were destroyed and a boat was damaged in separate fires along a stretch of Santa Monica Avenue about 1 a.m. Monday, arson investigators said.
WORLD
June 21, 2010 | By Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
At least 16 people were killed when street gangs attacked two passenger buses, spraying one with bullets and dousing the other with gasoline before setting it on fire in a congested neighborhood in the Salvadoran capital, police said Monday. The attacks represented a dramatic surge in ongoing street violence attributed largely to gangs but exacerbated lately by a growing presence of drug traffickers, authorities say. Police say gangs have been demanding protection money from bus companies, and major criminal forces, including drug cartels, are believed to be recruiting gang members to do their dirty work.
WORLD
January 9, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on Friday accused hard-line pro-government militiamen and Revolutionary Guard members of trying to assassinate his father a night earlier. Hossein Karroubi alleged that commanders of the Revolutionary Guard gathered a raucous crowd of local Basiji militiamen in the city Qazvin, 90 miles from Tehran, and fired two shots at the car in which the elder Karroubi was riding, shattering the vehicle's windows. "If the car was not armored there would have been serious injuries to the people inside," Hossein Karroubi said in an interview with the American-funded Persian-language satellite channel Voice of America.
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