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A factory fire killed 19 workers in the eastern Chinese county of Ninghai, despite the government’s crackdown on safety precautions that have to be introduced in oil and chemical industrial sites. The policy was introduced after a 2015 explosion in a Tianjin chemical warehouse in 2015...

Three neighbouring governments answered an appeal for help as the Chouf and Metri regions of Lebanon were hit by a series of massive wildfires described by Civil Defence director Raymond Khattar as the ‘worst to have hit the country in decades.’ Cyprus , Italy and Greece...

The smokey atmosphere created by the huge wildfires that have swept through bushland in California has become a problem for the state’s winemakers even though many of their vinyards have escaped direct damage from the blazes. According to the California Association of Winegrape Growers most vintners...

More than 9,500 residents living within a 12-mile radius of an ammunition dump in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia had to be evacuated after fires broke out in stores housing an estimated 55,000 artillery shells. There were only six reports of injuries, with none of them...

An early morning fire killed five children aged between eight month and seven years as they slept in a day care centre in the town of Erie in the American state of Pennsylvania. It was later reported that the blaze struck only eight months after the...

A series of explosions sparked by a fire at a warehouse storing weapons and ammunition killed one person and injured 29 people in south Baghdad  The fire also ignited several rockets which emerged from the building and struck neighbourhoods several miles away inuring several children. A...

A fierce blaze which swept through the plastic roofs of a slum in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, destroyed about 15,000 homes and left  50,000 people homeless. It took firefighter more than six hours to extinguish the flames but no deaths were reported  because a lot...

More than 200 passengers who were about to board plane at Beijing Airport were forced by a fire to abandon their plans to fly to Tokyo. As they approached the A330-300 belonging to Air China smoke started to emerge from a cargo area at the front...

Fishing boats and passing ships, were alerted by coastguards who had no patrols nearby, rescued 245 people from a burning ferry in southern Philippine waters, but a one-year-old girl and two other people died. The fire had started in the ferry’s engine room soon after it...

A massive fire ripped through destroyed the rows of port cabins housing nearly 1,000 workers employed by Darwish Engineering on the Sharjah-Ajman border, a few kilometres away from the Sharjah Investment Centre.  There were no casualties but all the workers had to be found temporary accommodation...

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the dive boat fire that killed 34 people off the Southern California coast. The Department of Justice have confirmed it was participating in the joint investigation. This comes after agents searched the offices of the boat's owner, Truth...

At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured after a suspected arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan. Police said that after a man broke into the Kyoto Animation studio and sprayed an unidentified liquid inside the three-storey building which was...

Volvo has launched a worldwide recall of more than half a million four-cylinder diesel cars after discovering a fault that could lead to them catching fire. The cars sold over the past five years have a plastic engine manifold which the Swedish manufacturers says ‘can...

One of America’s leading nuclear research stations had to be shut down as a precaution after a wildfire blazed through 90,000 acres of grassland nearby. All the laboratory staff were evacuated safely as from the site in the state of Idaho and firefighters prevented the flames...

The chief architect of France’s historic monuments is afraid the vaulted ceilings of the fire ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris could collapse in the heat wave that has been sweeping across Europe. Phillippe Villeneuve said the Cathedral’s walls are still saturated with water sprayed by...

Local legislation could impede first responders from having priority on commercial networks because of national laws to protect net neutrality. A new white paper from The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) says countries are increasingly looking at the option of using existing commercial mobile networks for broadband...

Securex West Africa welcomed more than 2,300 industry professionals, who met to share leading technologies within a buoyant regional market. The ninth edition of the show took place at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria from the 16th to 17th April. Over two bustling days of...

Perimeter Solutions, one of the world’s leading producers of fire retardants, foams, and water enhancing gels for managing wildland, industrial, and municipal fires, today announced the appointment of industry veteran Tamer Gaber as Regional Sales Representative for the Middle East and Sandeep GR as Regional...

All the 100 passengers and crew were evacuated safely after a Fokker 100 airliner caught fire as it landed at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. Iran’s emergency department said the cause of the flames and sparks which shot from the back of the plane as it touched down...

Computer manufacturers Hewlett Packard (HP) has issued a recall of 78,500 laptop batteries in the United States that have been identified as posing fire and burn hazards. The recall follows a report that in 2018 there were eight incidents of HP battery packs overheating, melting or...

Drought hit California suffered its worst ever year for wildfires in 2018 as new statistics have revealed that 1.8 million acres of land was burned which far surpassed the previous record for the American State of 1.3 million acres which was set 12 months earlier. More...

Twenty passengers were killed and ten others injured after the bus on which they were travelling caught fire as it was about to leave a terminus in the Peruvian capital Lima. Reports said the fire which quickly reduced the vessel to just a skeleton started with...

One worker was killed and four others suffered severe breathing problems after a fire broke out in a perfume warehouse in Ajman’s Al Jarf industrial area. Firefighters extinguished the blaze inside 30 minutes preventing it spreading to other buildings nearby but the incident caused Civil Defence...

A series of early warning infrared transit heat sensors are protecting the conveyors at the last remaining coal fired power station at Aberthaw in Wales. The coal-fired facility has a capacity to generate 1,500MW of electricity – sufficient to meet the needs of some 1.5...

The Emirates Fire and Rescue Company (EFRC), a pioneer in the field of fire life and safety consultancy, providing smart safety 360 services, recently made a historic achievement after being accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) as one of its Recognised Training Providers...

Earlier this year, Johnson Controls partnered with a third-party consulting firm and research group to successfully test a new technology that could potentially save countless lives with early fire identification and intervention for rapid fire protection to the external facade of a building. The standalone system...

The Fraport Aviation Academy - operated by Fraport Slovenija – has opened its doors. The area with more than 12,000 m2 and numerous training models in 3D – from pump systems, aircraft parts to a three-storey fire house – offers a wide-ranging training programmme for aviation...

Senior fire defence officials from all across the UAE attended a two-day seminar at the Civil Defence Academy in Abu Dhabi where they were updated on the latest developments in the fire safety and prevention industry. The event was organised by the global safety science company...

Just three of 12 fire doors tested by the government in the UK were able to resist flames and smoke for the 30 minutes required by building regulations for flat front doors. Two of the doors tested, all of which were glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite fire...

Fourteen crew members were reported to have died after a major fire broke out on two Tanzania registered ships in the Black Sea’s Kerch Strai which separates Crimea and Russia. One of the vessels was a liquified natural gas carrier and the other an oil tanker....

An eight storey tall building used by the Fox News network and two other television companies in the American capital Washington had to be evacuated after a fire broke out. The fire was started by a faulty electrical panel in one of the TV studios but...

A large fire that broke out in the French ski resort of Corchevel killed two people and injured 22 others, four of them seriously. The blaze occurred on the upper floors of a building above a Chanel retail store which were being used to accommodate 60...

Over 3,500  Audi cars manufactured between 2005 and 2011  are being recalled in the UAE over safety fears regarding potentially explosive airbags. The Ministry of Economy’s Consumer Protection Department  ordered the recall of  Audi A4, A4 Cabriolet and A6 models because The airbags were found to...

The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, Intersec 2019 opened in Dubai on 20 January. The three-day show features 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries. The annual event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police...

It’s been another successful show at Intersec Dubai for media partner Fire Middle East. The team was kept busy meeting advertisers and handing out the latest edition of Fire Middle East magazine. Hot off the press, the January 2019 issue of Fire Middle East (FME) contained...

More than 50 people died and 100 more suffered second degree burns after an oil tanker caught fire when it collided with a car near the city of Kisantu in the Congo. The explosion in the tanker quickly spread burning oil into many of the houses...

A fire in a plant nursery near Souq Al Jubail in Sharjah gutted the contents of many nurseries within only 30 minutes of the flames being spotted. The fast spread of the blaze was blamed on heavy winds that swept through the area at the time...

Former Secretary General of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) and previously a Director of the UK’s Fire Protection Association, Stewart Kidd shares his thoughts ...

One of Russia’s biggest metallurgical plants in which 1800 workers produce zinc, lead and cadmium is facing closure after a part of it was engulfed by a major fire. The damage to the factory in the North Caucasus city of Vladikavkas did not halt production but...

The International Water Mist Association (IWMA) will come to Italy once again to hold a one-day-seminar on “Fire Protection with Water Mist”. The seminar, which will be free of charge, will take place at FAST (Fondazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Tecniche) in Milan on 11th...

As the annual wildfire season approaches the Indian state of Kerala new equipment has been lined up to battle the blazes without using traditional water hoses which have contributed to creating floods in the past. The government has bought two mini firefighting vehicles which will battle...

Jane Embury, marketing director, Wrightstyle, looks back at one of the worst fire tragedies in the British Isles. Last year saw the appalling catastrophe of Grenfell Tower, which will no doubt see the introduction of new fire regulations for the manufacture and installation of external cladding. Tragically,...

A fire which started in the early hours of the morning completely gutted a plastics warehouse in Ajman’s new industrial area but no human casualties were reported. The fierceness of the blaze was fuelled because the warehouse was filled with flammable items and that caused Brigadier...

An early morning fire which ripped through a villa in Abu Dhabi killed eight members of an Emirati family, in the latest in a string of fire deaths across the country this year. Another member of the family was injured and transported to hospital. A Civil...

InfoBuild’s Editorial Director praises Qatar’s construction growth, as in excess of 11,000 participants shared professional products and skills at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre. “There is great growth in the country, with many construction sites and a great vision for the future. I look forward...

A firefighter fell to his death while battling a blaze on the upper floors of a government building in Johannesburg. The fire broke out on the 23rd floor of a tower block which is shared by the South African departments of health, human settlements and co-operative...