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Family of 3 dies in Olongapo fire

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The City Fire Marshall says the building was ringed with security grills and there was no fire exit in the upper floors

Bushfire threat still high as Australia cleanup begins

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Firefighters are still battling around 140 blazes across Australia's eastern seaboard, but a respite from 'catastrophic' weather conditions means the danger from many fires is downgraded

DEVASTATION. Resident Warren Smith inspects the damage after losing his house to the bushfires near the small town of Nana Glen, some 600 kilometers north of Sydney, on November 13, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

House panel OKs P10-billion fund for fire protection modernization

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:57 PM

From its original request of P147 billion, the House committee approves a 'more realistic' P10 billion for the Bureau of Fire Protection

NEW EQUIPMENT? The Bureau of Fire Protection may be able to purchase fire trucks of better quality, if the bill for fire protection modernization is passed into law. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Australians trapped by bushfires told it's 'too late to leave'

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Authorities tell residents in fire-stricken regions to seek shelter, warning they had no time to escape before their communities were engulfed

FIGHTING FIRES. Firefighters monitor bush fires at the Woodford residential area in Blue Mountains on November 12, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Progress comes despite the forced grounding overnight of firefighting helicopters after at least two hobby drones are seen operating in the area, posing a risk of collision, officials say

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters refill their water tank on their way to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California on November 02, 2019. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

38 homes destroyed in Cebu City fire on Undas

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:16 AM

About 52 families are evacuated

FIRE. A firefighter trains a hose to houses being razed in Sitio Losimba, Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City on November 1, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Fire engulfs World Heritage castle in Japan's Okinawa

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The blaze consumes more than 4,800 square meters of the Shuri castle complex

SHURI CASTLE FIRE. This aerial picture shows the Shuri Castle after a fire ripped through the historic site in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, southern Japan on October 31, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(UPDATED) Television footage shows flames pouring out of 3 carriages as people could be heard crying during the incident, in a rural area of central Punjab province

TRAIN FIRE. In this handout picture taken and release by Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 on October 31, 2019, residents gather beside the burnt-out train carriages after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province on October 31, 2019. Handout photo by Pakistan's Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122/AFP

California fires: new blazes as dangerous winds fan the flames

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Fire crews race to protect the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library surrounded by dense brush as helicopters and aircraft dropped water and fire retardant on the flames fed by powerful wind gusts

A firefighter (L) speaks to an inmate firefighter as they prepare to put out flames on the road leading to the Reagan Library during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019. Firefighters in California battled a new fast-moving blaze on Wednesday that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as rare "extreme" red flag warnings were issued for much of the Los Angeles region. The so-called Easy Fire in the Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles erupted around 6:00 am, forcing the evacuation of the library and nearby homes as it spread to more than 900 acres (365 hectares), officials said.  Mark RALSTON / AFP

More evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The so-called Getty Fire ignites overnight near a major freeway and quickly spreads south and west towards neighborhoods, scorching some 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark

Firefighters battle the Getty Fire in houses on fire in Brentwood, California on October 28, 2019. A wildfire broke out early Monday near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, forcing widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes in hillside communities. The so-called Getty Fire broke out overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west, scorching 500 acres (202 hectares) and sending people fleeing in the dark.  Apu Gomes / AFP

Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The Kincade Fire, which is only 10 percent contained, has grown to 25,955 acres

FIREFIGHTERS. Members of an inmate firefighting crew are silhouetted against a hillside with a track of PG&E lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. Photo by Philip Pacheco/AFP

Bleak Christmas for workers displaced by fire in Robinsons Place Tacloban

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Almost half of the stalls inside the mall were gutted by the 15-hour blaze

CLOSED. Robinsons Place Tacloban remains closed after a 15-hour fire gutted half of the stores inside the mall on Wednesday evening, October 23. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Tens of thousands evacuated as wildfires rage in California

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Around 40,000 people are told to flee the Tick Fire, which is raging across 4,000 acres just north of Los Angeles

A building is engulfed in flames at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on October 24, 2019. fast-moving wildfire roared through California wine country early Thursday, as authorities warned of the imminent danger of more fires across much of the Golden State. The Kincade fire in Sonoma County kicked up Wednesday night, quickly growing from a blaze of a few hundred acres into an uncontained 10,000-acre (4,000-hectare) inferno, California fire and law enforcement officials said. Josh Edelson / AFP

Fire razes over 100 houses in Boracay

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The 3-hour blaze reaches general alarm and destroys homes Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manocmanoc

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New Zealand blaze blankets city in black smoke

Oct 22, 2019 - 12:02 PM

A fire breaks out on the roof of the SkyCity convention center site in Auckland and quickly spread, says Fire and Emergency NZ

Thick smoke blows from a construction site at the SkyCity convention centre in Auckland on October 22, 2019. A huge fire at a construction site sent clouds of acrid black smoke billowing over Auckland forcing large parts of the downtown area to be cordoned off as firefighters battled the blaze. Greg Bowker / AFP

At least 1 dead in pre-dawn fire in Cebu City

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The fire in Barangay Sambag Uno leaves 90 families homeless

CASUALTY. Authorities bring out the remains of  a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the pre-dawn fire in Barangay Sambag Uno, Cebu City on October 19, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

1 dead, nearly 800 families homeless in Navotas fire

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Mayor Toby Tiangco says the city government is accepting donations for the victims

GUTTED. Firefighters take cover as explosions happen when the fire in Market 3, Navotas, reached 5th alarm at dawn on October 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After a week, BFP allows LRTA to probe fire damage

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority has yet to determine the replacement parts needed to be purchased

CLEARED. The Light Rail Transit Authority has been given clearance by the Bureau of Fire Protection to assess the damage incurred by the rectifiers, after getting criticism from the House committee on transportation. File photo by Sky Author/Wikimedia

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Aftermath of the Star City fire

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The once vibrant Star City amusement park is now dark and lifeless

SKELETONS. Majority of the Star City structures are now mere skeletons of the  rides and attractions they used to be. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Tenants eyed as suspects for possible arson of Star City

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The owners will be summoned along with the tenants as part of the investigation

GASOLINE TRACES. Investigators of the Star City fire already consider it as a case of arson due to the presence of gasoline in an attraction that does not require it. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOLE allocates P5.5-M aid for Star City workers

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The aid will be provided for two months, but the workers' displacement may last 6 months

DISPLACED. Around 500 workers, who mostly performed administrative jobs, will be displaced for as long as 6 months. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ballet Manila's 'Giselle' moves to CCP Main Theater after Star City fire

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:17 PM

The show's original home, the Aliw Theater, was damaged in the blaze

On 55th birthday, Lisa Macuja Elizalde reminisces on 'gifts' destroyed in Star City fire

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Star and Aliw theaters are among the locations damaged by the fire

Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

James Cook University mycologist Matt Barrett, who confirmed the identity of the toxic mushroom in Australia, says the discovery extends its known distribution 'considerably'

POISON FIRE CORAL FUNGUS. This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019 shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. Photo by Ray Palmer/James Cook University Australia/AFP

Char pattern hints arson as possible cause of Star City fire

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The Pasay City fire marshal says they were still looking at other angles

ARSON? Pasay City fire marshal Supt. Paul Pili said the char pattern and irregular bend of metal elements inside the structure could have been a result of arson. Photo by Ben Nabong

'It's our happy place': Netizens recall favorite memories of Star City

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:25 PM

One of Metro Manila's most beloved attractions is in ashes, and Filipinos take to social media to mourn and reminisce

LOOK: Fire guts Star City complex in Pasay City

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:47 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The dawn blaze guts 80% of the Star City theme park

Firefighters ward off the extreme heat emanating from one of the buildings being gutted by the Task Force Bravo blaze inside an amusement park in Pasay City on Wednesday, October 2. Photo by Ben Nabong

Factory fire kills 19 in east China

Sep 30, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The fire breaks out on Sunday, September 29, at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Residents urge mayor to block coal plant in Palawan town

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'I am not here to say 'yes' or 'no' to coal. What I'm trying to say is if it's advantageous for us, then I'll give it a go signal. But, if not, we'll stop it,' says Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao

CONSULTATION. Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao talks to residents about the planned construction of the 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the municipality. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

7 Filipinos safe from Maldives buildings fire – DFA

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh is 'closely monitoring' the aftermath of the blaze in Malè City, Maldives

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia forest fire haze reaches the Philippines

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Haze from the forest fires raging in Indonesia drifts across central and southern Philippines

HAZE.  Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Fire hits Kalibo public market

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The initial cost of damage is pegged at P35 million. No casualties are reported.

A four-hour fire that razed market stalls inside the Kalibo public market in Kalibo, Aklan early Sunday morning, September 15, was declared out at 11:37 a.m. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Large forest fire blazing near Athens

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Greek fire department says it had been called to nearly 80 fires over the past 24 hours

At least 11 dead in Rio hospital blaze

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The city's forensic institute says most of the dead were aged 66 or over, many of whom were in the intensive care unit

BADIM HOSPITAL FIRE. Firefighters work on September 13, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire in the Badim private Hospital at the Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Preschool panic in Sweden: Child brings grenade to class

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Police officers say it was a 'dangerous' grenade the boy had picked up this summer at the Rinkaby firing range, located outside Kristianstad

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

H&M suspends Brazil leather purchases over Amazon fires

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The retail giant responds to the fires destroying the world's largest rainforest

NO BRAZIL LEATHER. Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says they are temporary freezing leather orders from Brazil following the Amazon fires. File photo by EPA/DAI KUROKAWA