Huge fire in Boracay razes more than 150 stores

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:52 PM

At least 500 individuals are affected by the 6-hour fire that also damaged a commercial building and 5 residential houses near the D'Talipapa Boracay compound

BORACAY FIRE. The hours-long fire razed several establishments in Boracay. Photo by YesFM Boracay

MRT operations temporarily stopped after seat catches fire

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:46 PM

No one is injured in the incident, which occurred early Monday, September 18, as the train was pulling into the Santolan-Annapolis Station

FIRE. A seat inside the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 catches fire on September 18, 2017. Photo from Department of Transportation

Malaysia arrests suspects in deadly school fire

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:13 AM

The male suspects, aged 11 to 18, were detained late Friday to early Saturday close to the boarding school in Kuala Lumpur, says the capital's police chief Amar Singh

SCHOOL FIRE. Family members and relatives of victims of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school fire mourn during a burial ceremony at Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery in Kuala Lumpur on September 15, 2017. Photo by Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

Malaysia probes foul play in deadly school fire as anger mounts

Sep 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

'We have not ruled out foul play,' says Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur's fire and rescue department

AFTERMATH. Malaysian police officers man the gate as relatives gather inside the forensics wing of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school victims are being kept in Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2017.  Photo by Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

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 Labisindaw Belo looks after her grandchid inside Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. the parents of the child had to 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Malaysia school fire kills 23 children and teachers

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:41 AM

7th UPDATE A fire tears through a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur

CHARRED. A Malaysian national flag flutters outside burnt windows of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school in Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2017. Sadiq Asyraf/AFP

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Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

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BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Huge blaze forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The federal government also declared state of emergencies in Montana and Washington state where thousands of people have been evacuated

BURNING. Flames rise from the La Tune Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Good neighbor Duterte checks on fire-affected San Miguel residents

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:22 PM

The President distributes cash and relief goods to residents of San Miguel the district surrounding Malacañang Palace

Fire hits homes near Malacañang Palace

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED A fire breaks out in the San Miguel residential district surrounding Malacañang Palace in Manila leaving around 400 families homeless

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SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hundreds flee as fire rages in southern France

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained after ravaging 500 hectares 1 250 acres of pine forest and bush 40 kilometers 25 miles southwest of Montpellier the fire service says


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2 dead in fire at Cagayan de Oro art gallery

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:05 PM

According to initial reports the use of paint thinner may have been the cause of the fire

FIRE INCIDENT. Two workers were killed in a fire that hit a building housing an art gallery of Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo from Museum of Three Cultures Facebook page

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ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Fire incidents down by half in Duterte's first year – BFP

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:22 PM

From almost 27 000 fires in the first half of 2016 the BFP recorded only over 13 000 in the same period in 2017

FIGHTING FIRE. Quezon City firefighters battle flames that engulf a shanty. BFP file photo

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Authorities say no casualties are reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch once the tallest residential developments in the world

THE TORCH. A picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows a general view of "The Torch", one of the tallest towers in Dubai, after a fire blaze ripped through it early in the morning. Photo by Karim Sahib/ AFP

Shell shutters Europe's largest refinery after fire

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:29 AM

Flames billowed into the sky over the port of Rotterdam after the blaze erupted at a high voltage power station at the Shell Pernis refinery

ABLAZE. A photo taken at night on July 29, 2017 shows flames and smoke rising above the Shell refinery in Rotterdam. Bjorn Remmerswaal / ANP / AFP

Fire razes homes in Basilan

Jul 30, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A fire razes more than 200 homes in Barangay Diki in Malamawi island Basilan

ABLAZE. A column of black smoke rises from the fire in Basilan, July 30, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Climate change will feed wildfires – experts

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Experts say wildfires will likely become more frequent as global temperatures rise due to climate change

WILDFIRES. Burnt trees stand as the sun sets in a smokey skyline in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017. File photo by Josh Edelson/ AFP

10,000 evacuated over new wildfire in France

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:30 PM

UPDATED The new fire comes a day after France asked for Europe s help to tackle the flames already raging in the tinder dry south including near the popular resort of Saint Tropez

People sit on the beach as they look at Canadair aircraft flying to drop water over a fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, southern France on July 25, 2017. Valery Hache/AFP

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A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

London Grenfell fire survivors heckle authorities at tense meeting

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Under tight security prompted by previous confrontations with the angry residents victims of the devastating blaze crowded into the Kensington and Chelsea town hall to meet with local officials

SEEKING JUSTICE. Protestors carry placards as they gather outside the Kensington Town Hall during a Kensington Council meeting to discuss Grenfell Tower, the election of a new council leader and the appointment of a chief executive, in west London on July 19, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Fire hits SM North EDSA

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED SM Supermalls says the situation is already contained and no one was hurt in the fire that hit the warehouse of its department store

Firefighters respond to a electrical fire reaching 3rd alarm at the warehouse of the 4th floor of the department store inside the SM North Edsa in Quezon City on July 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 dead as blaze tears through Hawaii high-rise

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Fire hits the Marco Polo apartments in Honolulu Hawaii

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People cool off in a swimming pool in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province on July 12, 2017.  The summer heatwave is forecast to continue and expand over more of the country, with people being warned to protect themselves from the sun. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

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Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Some 8 000 people are sent fleeing as thousands of firefighters battle 14 large wildfires throughout the state according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection known as Cal Fire

CALIFORNIA FIRE. Statues stand next to a home that was destroyed by the Wall Fire on July 9, 2017 in Oroville, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

RAW Deal: Goodness gracious, Great Balls of Fire

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The show s name may be ridiculous but Great Balls of Fire is shaping up to be a must see card

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Meralco denies 'midnight deals' with ERC on 7 coal power plants

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Meralco first vice president Ivanna de la Peña says talks for power supply agreements on 7 coal fired power plants started as early as 2012

'NO MIDNIGHT DEALS.' Meralco 1st vice president Ivanna dela Pena faces lawmakers in a hearing on July 4. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-BFP officials get up to 90 years in jail for ghost repairs

Jul 03, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Two former officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection forced subordinates to sign documents that made it appear as if vehicles were repaired

FALSE REPAIRS. Two former top officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection were sentenced to at least 60 years in prison for falsifying public documents.

British PM appoints ex-judge for tower blaze inquiry

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Six months after retiring Martin Moore Bick is named as the head of the inquiry into the deadly blaze which engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14

'Almost 400' PH towns have no fire trucks – DILG

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:22 PM

As of April 2017 the Bureau of Fire Protection has 2 674 fire trucks – 932 units short of the ideal number

NOT ENOUGH. Despite multiple fire truck deals struck by the government, many local government units still have no firefighting vehicles.

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BFP defends defective fire trucks: 'They come with warranty'

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection spokesperson says that since the bureau is underequipped it deems it better to buy more fire trucks of inferior quality

DEFECTIVE. The fire trucks, acquired just last April 2016 already show signs of overuse and malfunction. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

UK fire fears continue as 60 buildings deemed unsafe

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The massive operation to test tower blocks follows the Grenfell Tower inferno earlier this month that is presumed to have killed 79 people after it spread at shocking speed

CHARRED REMAINS. This file photo taken on June 20, 2017 shows The burned-out shell of the Grenfell Tower block is seen behind terraced houses as local residents look on near the scene of the fire in North Kensington, west London on June 20, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

139 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Jun 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED The victims had rushed to the site to collect spilling fuel and ignored warnings to stay clear according to officials

Pakistani soldiers stand guard beside burnt out vehicles at the scene where an oil tanker caught fire following an accident on a highway near the town of Ahmedpur East, some 670 kms (416 miles) from Islamabad on June 25, 2017. At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in an inferno that erupted after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early on June 25 and crowds rushed to collect fuel, an official said. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA

London tower blocks evacuated over fire fears

Jun 24, 2017 - 11:10 AM

3rd UPDATE Officials deem 4 of the 5 Chalcots Estate towers in Camden north London as unsafe after they were found to use cladding similar to that on Grenfell

EVACUATION. Residents evacuate from the Taplow Tower residential block on the Chalcots Estate in north London on June 23, 2017 because of fire safety concerns. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

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Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

176 China-made firetrucks of BFP defective, says COA

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The firetrucks were found with defective safety features and engines according to a COA report

600 English tower blocks thought to have Grenfell-style cladding

Jun 22, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We cannot and will not ask people to live in unsafe homes British Prime Minister Theresa May says adding that relevant local authorities and fire services had been informed but without specifying what action would be taken

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

Jun 22, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Civil protection official Carlos Tavares says the fire in Gois affected 20 000 hectares The firefighting effort involves nearly 2 400 firemen and water bombing planes

BFP wants joint training for firemen, cops after Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection also wants a handbook for inter bureau procedures in case of a similar complex situation

JOINT TRAINING. BFP NCR chief Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu says he wants firemen to train jointly with police and the military in case of 'complex situations.' Rappler photo

Questions over fire response as Portugal battles blaze

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:19 PM

As water bombing planes make regular passes over the flames there were growing questions as to whether the response to the disaster could have been better

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.  A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire – police

Jun 19, 2017 - 6:18 PM

UPDATED As of this morning I m afraid to say there are now 79 people that we believe are either dead or missing and I sadly have to presume are dead police commander Stuart Cundy tells reporters

GRENFELL TOWER DEATHS. People affected by the fire that ripped through Grenfell Tower, a residential block sit on the pavement outside a temporary aid centre in west London on June 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

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New images inside London fire tower show 'indescribable' scenes

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The deadly fire in the social housing block has led to growing public anger

RAZED DOWN. A handout picture released by the Metropolitan Police shows the inside of a unit at the Grenfell Tower in west London on June 16, 2017 after a fire engulfed the 24-story building on Wednesday. Metropolitan Police photo

London mayor admits public anger over deadly fire

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:50 AM

Mayor Sadiq Khan acknowledges the local community feels frustrated and angry at the official response to the Grenfell Tower fire

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan leaves St Clement's church in Notting Hill, west London, on June 18, 2017, close to Grenfell Tower, after attending a Sunday service.  The presumed death toll from the London tower block inferno jumped to 58 on Saturday as embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, accused of misreading the growing anger over the tragedy, pledged action after meeting survivors desperately seeking answers. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN