Oakland Warehouse Fire death toll rises


The deadliest blaze in the United States since 2003 has now claimed 36 lives. Police investigating the warehouse fire in Oakland, California have confirmed the identities of 11 of the victims so far.


The two-storey converted warehouse, known as the “Ghost Ship”, was being used by an artists’ collective, where approximately 100 people were partying on Friday night. The fire began just before midnight, and although the causes are currently unknown, a criminal investigation has been launched.

Fire officials have said so far, that clutter fuelled the flames, there were no sprinklers inside and few exits to escape through.

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Central Manchester – police appeal to homeless community


A large fire in Manchester’s Chinatown has resulted in the deaths of two people found in the building, detectives have confirmed.

The origin of the fire is unknown, and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are carrying out a joint investigation together with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) . They are currently appealing to the homeless community to provide any information they may have about the the cause of the devastating incident.


The fire began in Nicholas Street about 2:15am on Friday and took several hours to bring under control, affecting commuter traffic well into the next morning, with closed roads and diversions.

Figures released by GMFRS show an increase of 140% in all rescues over the last 12 months, alongside an extremely worrying threefold increase in fire deaths.

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Chinatown Fire engulfs Manchester skyline


The skies over Manchester’s China Town where engulfed in smoke yesterday as fire fighters tackled a blaze that illuminated the famous gateway at the peak of the blaze. Roads around the fire where blocked by the mass of fire engines that were sent to tackle the blaze. The fire begun around 2.15 am and went on until 6 am which meant roads remained closed into the early hours of the morning.

Two bodies were found on the first floor of the empty building it has been thought that the bodies where of rough sleepers that took shelter in the building seen as the derelict building hasn’t had any occupants. Efforts are being made to identify the bodies, this is such a devastating circumstance and investigations are being made to ensure no one else was in the building.

Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin, from GMP’s city centre team, said: “These are tragic circumstances and we working to identify the people who were found in the building.

“A joint investigation with GMFRS is in its early stages and we will be carrying out a number of enquiries to establish how this fire started.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to please call us.

The blaze was so fierce it caused firefighters to keep back from the multi storey commercial building due to falling debris. The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service contained the 4-hour blaze in the early morning but Portland street, Princess Street and Faulkner Street remained closed and anyway travelling around these areas were encouraged to take alternative routes.

Heathrow Fire sparks concerns


Plumes of smoke were sent across wet London after a large fire engulged a garden centre close to Heathrow Airport.


The blaze at Ansell Garden Centre on Holloway Lane, Sipson, which broke out just after 4.30pm was attended to by up to 100 firefighters, after authorities were alerted.

After crews discovered fireworks in the vicinity, a cautionary 300m perimeter was put in place to prevent an explosion. The flights to the airport were not affected, and no one has so far been injured, but the cause of the fire is yet unknown.

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