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21 killed in fire at Russian psychiatric hospital

Posted December 13, 2015 16:31:47

Associated Story: 17 dead as wildfires sweep by means of Siberia
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A fire at a psychiatric hospital in southern Russia has killed 21 folks, the country’s emergencies ministry says.

“Nineteen bodies were located at the web site of the fire, two other folks succumbed to their wounds at the hospital,” a ministry spokesman mentioned.

The hospital building, created of wood, was destroyed by the fire, the spokesman stated.

A further 20 people had been injured.

The fire broke out at the hospital in the village of Alferovka, which lies in the area of Voronezh in the south of the nation.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the blaze.

The fire was the most current tragedy to hit a psychiatric institution in Russia, where outdated Soviet-era infrastructure is still in widespread use and managers often take a lax approach to fire safety.

Scores of individuals also die in house fires every year.

A fire at a psychiatric hospital in north-west Russia in September 2013 left 37 folks dead although one more blaze in April of the very same year killed 38.

In 2009, 156 folks were killed in a nightclub fire in the city of Perm, 1,200 kilometres east of Moscow in one of the deadliest accidents in Russia’s modern day history.


Topics: fires, industrial-fires, russian-federation

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Volunteer fire units prepare for hot, dry summer season in bush capital

Posted December 13, 2015 12:16:21

Right after the 2003 Canberra bushfires claimed 4 lives and destroyed hundreds of residences, a group of volunteers decided to join the frontline to defend the bush capital from future fire risk.

Over the previous decade, the Community Fire Unit (CFU) has grown to more than 1,000 members and Canberra has escaped relatively unscathed from fires.

But, with predictions of a hot, dry summer time ahead, the CFU is undertaking much more education, so it is ready to step in when necessary.

The CFU was established by ACT Fire and Rescue in 2005, with an idea borrowed from New South Wales, which placed a series of about 50 trailers dotted across Canberra.

Volunteer Anne Goyne mentioned her neighborhood crew assembled as soon as a month to train in suburban Canberra, soon after realising the neighborhood necessary “something a bit better than garden hoses” to hold the fort until firefighters arrive.

There’s a small bit of wine and cheese and biscuits on our planning days, so it’s not all horrible.

CFU volunteer Anne Goyne 

“We want to make positive that 2003 by no means happens once again,” she stated.

“But we get a tremendous amount of assistance from ACT Fire and Rescue and the neighbours do look to love us.

“It’s also social. I’ve got to know all the neighbours in each street since we go about and advise individuals about fire safety and what we do.”

CFU Coordinator Brian Connell stated firefighters helped give education to the volunteers.

“It just offers them an idea of the heat that they may possibly face if they are dealing with a bushfire behind a single of their properties,” he said.

“They are our eyes and ears on the ground in the occasion of a big fire taking place in the ACT.

“They’re a important portion of our firefighting plans.”

Volunteer fire units practise fighting a gas fire. Photo: Volunteer fire units practise fighting a gas fire at the Emergency Services Agency training centre. (ABC News: Mark Moore)

Station Officer Connell mentioned the CFU was comprised of people from all walks of life.

“The oldest member is 85, and we have children from 16 years old that can join, as lengthy as they get permission from their guardian,” he mentioned.

“The CFUs had been called on about 4 instances final fire season, but with the larger fire risk this year, we anticipate calling on them much more.”

But Ms Goyne mentioned it was not all challenging function for the volunteers.

“In fact we have a quite great time,” she said.

“There’s a small bit of wine and cheese and biscuits on our organizing days, so it is not all horrible.

“We’ve become a really very good tiny group of friends.”

Ms Goyne mentioned she was hoping for a quiet summer time ahead, exactly where despite their instruction, the CFU was not referred to as on.

“I personally consider due to the fact we’re right here no fire dares,” she mentioned.

“But we’re there. Look out fire we’re there.”

Firefighters in a cherry picker in Canberra Photo: Volunteers acquiring a birds’-eye view of the ESA coaching centre at Hume. (Supplied: David Bundy)

Topics: emergency-arranging, canberra-2600, act

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Hoverboards can catch fire, cause spinal injuries, ACCC warns

By Jonathan Hepburn

Posted December 10, 2015 18:16:53

The Australian Competition and Customer Commission (ACCC) has issued a warning more than hoverboards, saying faulty style has caused fires overseas, and that users could be injured by way of falls.

In spite of their name, hoverboards, which retail for amongst $ 200 and $ two,400 according to the ACCC, are two-wheeled electrical scooters.

Also identified as self-balancing scooters and referred to by one particular manufacturer as “hands free of charge Segways”, they are controlled by subtle shifts in the rider’s weight.

Many reports from America and Britain have detailed hoverboards catching fire although being ridden or while charging.

This week, the Chappaqua Fire Department in New York released photos of a hoverboard that caught fire although being charged, causing “considerable smoke damage to the residence”.

“Had the property owners not been property at the time, their home would have sustained important fire harm,” the department said, warning electronic devices should only be charged while someone is at home.

The ACCC stated reported fires “most most likely relate to items that would not comply with Australian electrical requirements, or to the use of a charger meant for an additional device”.

“If you are acquiring a hoverboard this Christmas, make certain that the packaging is marked with the Australian regulatory compliance symbol or RCM — a tick surrounded by a triangle,” ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said in a press release.

“Overcharging noncompliant devices could trigger overheating of the battery and result in a fire.”

External Link: Option warns to stay away from overheating hoverboards

Ms Rickard warned owners to constantly use the approved battery charger that came with the solution, and to in no way charge a hoverboard that shows signs of harm near the battery.

Last week, Decision Australia released a warning to owners to make certain they did not overcharge the units, noting some hoverboards carried warnings about overcharging in their manuals.

Flight Security Australia, the news internet site of the Australian Civil Aviation Authority, reports airlines are reviewing their policies on carrying hoverboards.

The International Air Transport Association is recommending “operators restrict these devices to carry-on luggage,” Flight Security Australia said.

The ACCC also warned falls from hoverboards are hugely likely.

“Injuries could include fractures, sprains, cuts, bruising, spinal injuries, head injuries and concussion,” the agency stated.

The ACCC said suitable security equipment, including shoes, a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards, should be worn at all instances.

The legality of making use of hoverboards in public locations varies among states and territories.

Option said hoverboards have been only allowed on paths or public land in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The ACC urged riders to verify with neighborhood site visitors authorities or police just before riding in a public spot.

Topics: security, science-and-technology, australia

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Khan pleads not guilty to murder over Rozelle shop fire

Posted December 04, 2015 11:26:34

The man accused of murdering 3 men and women by torching a shop at Rozelle last year, Adeel Ahmad Khan, has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Sydney Supreme Court.

Khan, 44, is alleged to have murdered 27-year-old Christopher Noble, 31-year-old Bianca O’Brien and her infant son Jude on September 4, 2014.

They lived in the flats above the Darling Street shop Khan is alleged to have deliberately destroyed for private obtain.

Khan made the not guilty pleas by way of audio visual hyperlink from prison.

His lawyer mentioned a prospective neurological issue had come to light that necessary investigation and the case was adjourned for mention on February 12 subsequent year.

Topics: courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter, rozelle-2039

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Man arrested for allegedly lighting a brush fence fire in Adelaide

Posted November 28, 2015 13:05:46

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A man has been arrested after allegedly lighting a brush fence at Golden Grove in Adelaide’s northern suburbs overnight.

Police stated a member of the public noticed the man acting suspiciously almost the fence on the Golden Way just ahead of three:00am.

She saw the man leave the area on foot and provided emergency services with a description.

Crews extinguished the blaze, which had currently began spreading to nearby trees, and police arrested the suspect.

A 48-year-old man from Greenwith was charged with arson and will face the Elizabeth Magistrates Court in December.

Topics: fires, arson, crime, law-crime-and-justice, golden-grove-5125, greenwith-5125

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Turkish president Erdogan warns Russia not to ‘play with fire’

Posted November 28, 2015 01:37:21

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to “play with fire”, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that appear more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week.

Relations among the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory following Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday.

Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Mr Erdogan has dismissed as “emotional” and “unfitting”.

“We really sincerely advocate to Russia not to play with fire,” Mr Erdogan told supporters throughout a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey.

“We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia … we don’t want these relations to endure harm in any way.”

Mr Erdogan said he wanted to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris soon after the downing of a Russian warplane.

“I would like to meet him face to face on Monday,” Erdogan said, soon after days of tit-for-tat accusations over the incident.

Mr Putin has so far refused to get in touch with Mr Erdogan since Ankara does not want to apologise for the downing of the jet, Mr Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov mentioned.

On Friday, Russia stated it would suspend its visa-free of charge regime for Turkish nationals from January, as a kind of retaliation.

“A choice has been made to halt the visa-free regime with Turkey,” foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after talks with Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

“This selection will enter into force from January 1, 2016.”

Turkey response to Russian jet was in line with protocol

Mr Erdogan said Turkey downed the jet as a outcome of what he referred to as the automatic enforcement of the rules of engagement.

Russia’s reduced home speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Friday that Moscow had the correct to make a military response, calling the incident an “intentional murder of our soldiers”.

Mr Erdogan mentioned it was not the very first time Russian jets had breached Turkish air space and that he had warned Putin about “ugly incidents” right after two incursions in October.

The president also attacked Russia’s policy in Syria after it launched air strikes in September, accusing the Kremlin of backing the regime of “murderer” president Bashar al-Assad.

He claimed that the Russian air raids did not target the Islamic State group.

He said backing the regime in Damascus right after more than four years of war that has killed 250,000 individuals was like “playing with fire”.

The Turkish strongman also struck back at Russian “slander” that Turkey was acquiring oil from the Islamic State militant group.

“You should know that we are not as dishonourable as to get oil from a terrorist organisation,” he said. “Turkey is buying oil from Russia.”

Mr Erdogan labelled attempts to hyperlink his country with IS jihadists as “disrespectful” to Turkey.

Map comparing conflicting flight path of the downed Russian jet Photo: Map comparing Turkey and Russia’s conflicting flight path of the Russian aircraft that was shot down on November 24, 2015 which Turkey says violated their airspace. (Reuters: SIN07)


Topics: government-and-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, neighborhood-and-society, globe-politics, russian-federation, turkey

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Fast-moving grass fire travelling towards Wahgunyah in Victoria’s north-east

Updated November 26, 2015 12:13:04

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A grass fire has broken out at Corowa on the New South Wales-Victoria border, and is travelling fast in a north-easterly direction from the Wahgunyah Racecourse towards the Wahgunyah township.

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This grassfire is not yet below manage and an Watch and Act message has been issued by the Nation Fire Authority for Corowa and Wahgunyah.

“The fire could effect the Wahgunyah township any time in between 12:00pm and 1:00pm [AEDT],” the warning reads.

Local residents have been advised that leaving now is the safest choice.

More to come.

Subjects: bushfire, wahgunyah-3687, corowa-2646

Very first posted November 26, 2015 12:03:33

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‘What am I doing here?’: Resident recalls frightening SA fire experience

Posted November 26, 2015 08:08:00

fire mobile Photo: George Hooker said he continued driving along the Horrocks Highway as there were no road blocks. (Supplied: George Hooker)

A man who saw a property burn down and had flames “lapping” at his auto has described the fire near Tarlee in South Australia yesterday as frightening.

Clare resident George Hooker, who recorded the fire’s activity in the Mid North on Wednesday, stated the fire was intense.

He said when he reached Hamley Bridge police officers had closed access.

“I just continued to travel towards Adelaide along the Horrocks Highway because there were no road blocks,” he mentioned.

“And ahead of I knew it … there was fire up the side of the road … lapping up my automobile, gale force winds.

“There had been cinders blowing up all more than my car. I couldn’t see in front of me from the thick smoke.

“It was pretty scary since just passing via these flames, I truly swore at myself and believed, what am I undertaking right here? I should not be right here … how did I get in this situation?

“And then … I was very frightened.”

He stated he chose to hold going and came across a home burning down.

“I pulled more than … and waited until the home burnt down fundamentally and then the police came.

“As I got past, there was two cars that had had a head-on [collision].”

He said he was later pulled over by SES and CFS volunteers who had a dog with them.

“They asked me to take the dog to the Roseworthy police station.”

“The dog was one of the ones rescued from the home that just burnt down.

“I pulled into a service station [down the road] and it just so happened the owners were there.

“The lady was very distraught … and her husband was a large burly guy but he gave me a big hug.

“So I just left the dog with them and kept travelling to Adelaide.”

Topics: bushfire, fires, disasters-and-accidents, clare-5453, hamley-bridge-5401, sa, tarlee-5411

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Interstate fire crews to join fight against deadly SA blaze

Updated November 26, 2015 05:44:20

Firefighters from interstate are nowadays expected to join the fight against a major bushfire in South Australia that has killed at least two people.

Fire crews worked by way of the evening battling the blaze north of Adelaide, which has burnt via about 90,000 hectares of land.

Eight strike teams of firefighters travelling from Victoria are due to arrive this morning to support battle the blaze, which the Nation Fire Service (CFS) has warned could continue for days.

On Wednesday night South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill confirmed two folks had died in the fire and said a third individual was feared dead.

He said authorities were operating to formally identify the dead.

At least 3 individuals who have been helping fight the fire have also been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with severe burns.

On Wednesday night the major fire activity was around Kapunda.

The fire front was about 40 kilometres wide and was burning amongst Nuriootpa and Kapunda.

Hay storage shed burns Photo: A hay storage shed burns in Wasleys as the bushfire sweeps by means of the area. (ABC News: Tony Hill)

CFS chief officer Greg Nettleton mentioned the total perimeter of the fire was 211 kilometres.

“So if you can picture a continuous fire line from Adelaide to Port Pirie, that’s the perimeter of the fire that we’ve got to contend with over the subsequent few days,” he said on Wednesday night.

“Now some of that perimeter will be pretty easy to extinguish and make secure, but there will be other regions of that perimeter that will be really difficult as it gets into more and much more challenging timbered nation.”

The blaze began at Pinery about midday on Wednesday and travelled 50 kilometres in just four hours.

The trigger of the fire is still unknown.

Relief centres have been set up at the Gawler Sports and Recreation Centre, the Balaklava Racecourse and Clare showgrounds.

A bushfire recovery hotline has been established, the quantity is 1800 302 787.

Police have also set up a Register.Locate.Reunite website for anybody affected by the fires.

Two people in bushfire smoke Photo: Heatbreak for the residents of a home lost at Wasleys. (ABC News: Tony Hill)

Topics: bushfire, fires, disasters-and-accidents, emergency-incidents, sa, mallala-5502, australia, kapunda-5373, freeling-5372, tarlee-5411

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