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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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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,......

  • 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......

  • 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......