Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017 - JUN - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-01 - Unknown odor hits apartment building in Hudson (Massachusetts), 2 firefighters sickened:

Quote: "Hazmat crews responded to a large apartment complex in Hudson Thursday after an unknown odor was reported. The first two firefighters who entered a common area of the 118-unit building were overcome."

Quote: "Crews tested air levels in the building, but found nothing to explain what sickened the two firefighters."

Quote: "The cause of the incident remains a mystery."

2017-06-01 - Unknown odor sickens people at three schools in Ferndale (Washington):

Quote: "Students and staff at several Ferndale schools said they felt sick after smelling an odor in the area Thursday, schools Superintendent Linda Quinn said. Staff first reported the smell around 12:20 p.m., according to a school district Facebook post. Students and staff at Horizon Middle School and Cascadia and Eagleridge elementary schools reported feeling sick. Skyline Elementary School may have smelled the same odor."

2017-06-01 - Rotten egg odor hits school in Ramsey (New Jersey):

Quote: "The odor of gas in a Ramsey school led to an evacuation Thursday morning, officials said. The Hubbarb Elementary School, on Hubbard Lane, was evacuated and inspected by both PSE&G and the Ramsey Fire Department. They gave the school the all clear, Police Chief Bryan Gurney said in a tweet."

2017-06-01 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits middle school and sickens students in Mineral Point (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Iowa County officials were called to Mineral Point High School just before 9am Thursday morning for a report of a possible gas leak. Some middle school and high school students detected a strange odor and began feeling ill. No gas leak was found, but the Mineral Point Fire Department did detect a small amount of CO2 in a remote location."

Note: Obviously wasn't that CO2, since A) CO2 is odorless; and B) the CO2 was in a remote location anyway. The fact that they thought it might be a gas leak means it was a rotten egg odor...

2017-06-01 - Unknown foul odor hits neighborhood in San Antonio (Texas), firefighter sickened:

Quote: "A foul odor caused at least one firefighter to feel faint and prompted calls for a hazmat team to check out the situation on the city's West Side late Thursday night. Fire crews were called to Everton Street, located near Marbach Road and Hunt Lane, at about 9:30 p.m. to check out the report of a foul stench. One of the first firefighters on the scene said he felt faint and a hazmat crew was brought in to test the air, but nothing was found that could have produced the bad smell."

2017-06-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, at least 50 cars burn, near the Vatican in Rome (Italy):

Quote: "A junkyard fire in Rome has spread through scrapped cars, exploding gas tanks and sending a thick, dark plume of smoke through the northeastern quarter of the Italian capital. There have been no reports of injuries. Authorities said they evacuated three apartment buildings in the area Thursday afternoon as the blaze quickly spread through cars that were stacked one on top of the other for demolition. At least 50 cars set to be scrapped were involved."

2017-06-01 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame at 3:30 AM in Rochester (New York), 700 feet from the Genesee River:

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-06-01 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in coastal Fareham (Britain):

Quote: "Bob Prescott, who was in the town centre with his daughter Abi when the incident happened, said he saw a 'large fireball erupt' into the sky. He added: 'The explosion set fire to the bushes and covered a silver Peugeot car in a black liquid. Police and fire crews were quickly on the scene.' Another eyewitness, Georgia Horton, said she was outside the Reel Cinema when she heard a noise and saw a car 'go up' in the air. She added: 'I heard a huge bang and when I looked up, a car was on fire and smoke was everywhere.'"

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2017-06-02 - Hundreds of gigantic craters from past catastrophic methane eruptions found on the sea floor in the Arctic Ocean:

Quote: "Scientists have discovered hundreds of huge craters—some over 3,000 feet wide—on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean. The craters in the Barents Sea, north of Norway and Russia, formed through huge mounds full of methane exploding suddenly and catastrophically, thousands of years ago. Scientists say the discovery could help explain why so many craters have appeared in Siberia over recent decades, with the same processes causing these explosive events."

2017-06-02 - Woman, 30, found on fire near intersection in Henrico County (Virginia):

Quote: "It does not appear that any criminal charges will be filed, according to the assistant fire marshal."

Note: What would the charges even be? Being on fire without a permit?

2017-06-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport on the island of Guernsey (Britain):

Quote: "A full scale emergency was called at Guernsey Airport, after cabin crew smelt a faint smell of smoke on board an Aurigny plane after it took off. Staff thought the smell was coming from the rear baggage hold, and the decision was made to return to the airport as a precautionary measure."

Note: This is the 46th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-02 - Auto shop and tire business destroyed by massive fire in Brighton (Colorado), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "The fire started in an auto body shop at around 4 p.m., burning cars and other flammable materials before spreading to a tire shop..."

2017-06-02 - 2019 Audi A7 test car bursts into flame on road in the Alps (Austria):

2017-06-02 - Storm dumps almost TWO FEET of rain in 11 hours on Taiwan, flooding ensues, nuclear plant shut down:

2017-06-02 - Boating fatalities rising across the US and especially in New England:

Quote: "The Northeast Coast Guard released its 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics report, revealing a major increase in local boating fatalities from 2015 to 2016. Nationwide boating fatalities totaled 701 in 2016, an 11.3 percent increase from the 626 in 2016. But in New England, the increase was a whopping 62 percent, up to 55 in 2016 from 34 in 2015."

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2017-06-03 - Hydrogen sulfide poisoning seriously sickens teacher, woman, at school in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

2017-06-03 - Car bursts into flame and kills man at Old Hickory Road and North Vine Street in New Lenox (Illinois):

2017-06-03 - Shopping center devastated by explosion and fire in Shiraz (Iran), 37 injured:

Quote: "A fire at a shopping center in southern Fars province early Saturday injured 37 people, according to Iranian state TV. The fire in Shiraz city was preceded by an explosion, IRIB reported."

2017-06-03 - Glass plant damaged by explosion and fire in DeWitt (Iowa), several injured:

2017-06-03 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Gloucester Street in Malmesbury (Britain):

2017-06-03 - Freight train bursts into flame at Akhaura Railway Junction in Brahmanbaria District (Bangladesh):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-04 - Two cars go up in flames at 3:30 AM and kill man at apartments in Parramatta (Australia), near the coast:

Quote: "An 82-year-old man who was visiting the unit has gone to see what the chaos was about in the garage when he was overcome by smoke before going into cardiac arrest. Fire and Rescue Superintendant Paul Johnstone said while crews were assisting residents trapped on balconies, they also found the man having a heart attack in the garage. 'Fire crews arrived to find the car park well alight with two cars on fire. Crews in breathing apparatice attacked the fire while we did a 360 around the building,' Sup Johnstone said."

2017-06-04 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, trucks, cars, skips and shed burn, on Station Road in Linton (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed involving lorries, cars, skips and a shed. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using jets and returned to their stations by 12.10am. The cause of the fire was accidental."

2017-06-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame for the second time in 3 months in Coolaroo (Australia):

Quote: "A factory where one third of Melbourne’s waste is processed has gone up in flames after plastic pallets caught fire- for the second time in three months."

2017-06-04 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from the pavement in Birmingham (Britain):

2017-06-04 - Thermal power plant damaged by fire in Vallur (India):

2017-06-04 - Four book and stationery warehouses destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Accra (Ghana):

2017-06-04 - Fabric warehouse devastated by huge blaze at midnight in coastal Ajman (UAE):

2017-06-04 - Massive tire fire rages in Centurion (South Africa):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-05 - Three boats, six forklifts, home and lobster traps destroyed by massive fire at 2:30 AM at marina on coastal Vaca Key (Florida):

Quote: "A massive fire at a Marathon marina destroyed three lobster boats and a nearby home."

Quote: "In addition to the boats and the house, six propane-powered forklifts, several trap shacks, tools and about 20,000 Carlos Seafood Company lobster traps were also destroyed."

Note: Those lobster traps look very similar to pallets...

2017-06-05 - Fishing boat bursts into flame, burns and sinks, near coastal Boot Key (Florida):

Quote: "A 49-foot fishing boat took on water then caught fire Monday morning off Boot Key in the Middle Keys, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission."

2017-06-05 - Boat bursts into flame at boat launch on the Colorado River in Bullhead City (Arizona), 1 injured:

Quote: "One person suffered minor injuries when the boat they were trying to launch burst into flames Saturday afternoon. Bullhead City fire department crews were dispatched to the Palo Verde Meadows boat dock shortly after 1 p.m."

Quote: "Well it wasn't minor injuries. Skin melting off your legs, arm and toes isn't minor. And waiting for an ambulance would have taken longer than the time it took to race to the hospital."

2017-06-05 - Seven fishing boats go up in flames at 11:30 PM in coastal Phú Yên (Vietnam), 2 tire shops destroyed by huge fire at 6 AM separately:

Quote: "In another development, seven fishing ships were partially damaged or totally damaged in a fire on Sunday night at the Tiên Châu Fishing Port in An Ninh Tây Commune, Tuy An District, the central province of Phú Yên. Causes are under investigation. The fire occurred at 11.30pm with a number of loud explosions."

Note: These are the 460th through 471st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-05 - Wind turbine bursts into flame at 4:40 AM near Harris (Iowa):

2017-06-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

Quote: "Homeowner Kim-Marie Evans said a BMW that had been parked for four hours began burning, in turn causing the car-port to catch fire."

2017-06-05 - Car bursts into flame at 2:30 AM while parked at home in Elk Grove (California):

2017-06-05 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to home, in McHenry (Illinois):

Quote: "McHenry Township Fire Protection District firefighters responded about 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017 to a report of a vehicle fire inside a garage attached to a house at 123 Norman Drive in McHenry. Police and firefighters received a report that the home was already evacuated at the time of the call for help. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire coming from the three-car garage of a 2,400-square-foot home."

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2017-06-06 - Two infants die in separate homes within 12 hours on same street in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

Quote: "The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday afternoon that it was responding to Milwaukee's second infant death report in less than 12 hours. Tuesday's latest infant death was reported at N. 16th St. and W. Meinecke Ave., just north of North Avenue. No immediate cause of death was available. The Medical Examiner's office said an autopsy would be performed Wednesday."

Quote: "Another infant death was reported earlier Tuesday - along the same street, at N. 46th St. and Meinecke."

Quote: "The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner responded to a death investigation involving a child (an infant) in the neighborhood near 16th and Meinecke — the second on Tuesday, June 6th, and the sixth death involving a child since June 2nd."

2017-06-06 - Car bursts into flame then hits tree, 4 men killed, near Simaria (India), near the Ganges River:

Quote: "Four persons including two forest rangers were charred to death after the vehicle in which they were traveling caught fire in Simaria police station area of Chatra district today, police said. The owner of the car, a contractor, was driving it when the four-wheeler caught fire near Kurmali jungle probably due to short-circuit. The panicked driver applied brakes but the vehicle rammed into a tree before coming to a stop, police said adding that the fire spread all through the car before anyone could come out. The contractor died on the spot while three others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital."

2017-06-06 - Unknown odor sickens people at hotel in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

Quote: "Cedar Rapids firefighters were sent to the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center Tuesday after an odor in the lobby of the hotel made guests feel ill and cough, public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said."

2017-06-06 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Bedworth (Britain):

2017-06-06 - Electrical substation damaged by fire at 2:48 AM in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2017-06-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars and tires burn, in Phoenix (Arizona):

2017-06-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 'fluff' piles burn, in North Manheim Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-06-06 - Huge tire fire breaks out at 4:15 AM at vacant auto business near Burlington (Wisconsin):

Quote: "At about 4:15 a.m., the Lyons Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant lot at Highway 11 and Lyons Road that was formerly home to an auto salvage and recycling shop. The site had been vacant for about a year, fire officials said. A scanner report around the time of the fire suggested there were possibly as many as 1,000 tires aflame."

2017-06-06 - Rubber factory heavily damaged by massive fire in coastal Trang Province (Thailand):

2017-06-06 - Car bursts into flame on road overlooking Sea Cows Bay in coastal Tortola (Bermuda):

Quote: "Another motorcar has burst into flames; this time in the hills overlooking Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Firefighters eventually extinguished the blaze but not before the car was gutted. This is at least the eighth vehicle to go up in flames while being driven on the territory’s roads since the start of the year."

Note: They're starting to see what's happening in Bermuda, although they probably haven't noticed that it's happening all over the place and not just Bermuda. Think they'll figure things out before they're all dead? Time will tell!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-07 - Massive apocalyptic wildfire rages out of control near coastal Knysna (South Africa):

Quote: "Up to 20 suburbs have been damaged and up to 10 000 people evacuated in Knysna, as residents of Plettenberg Bay are evacuated as fires spread."

2017-06-07 - Fireworks factory explodes and burns in Madhya Pradesh (India), 20+ killed, more injured:

2017-06-07 - Food processing factory explodes and burns in coastal New Taipei City (Taiwan), 12 injured:

2017-06-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap burns, in Morristown (Indiana):

2017-06-07 - Recycling center hit by fire, again, at 6:30 AM near Polson Pier in Toronto (Canada):

2017-06-07 - Waste facility erupts in flame in Red Wing (Minnesota):

2017-06-07 - Wind turbine bursts into flame in Donley County (Texas):

2017-06-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Lincoln (Nebraska):

2017-06-07 - Car(s) destroyed by fire in underground carpark just before midnight at shopping center, shopping center damaged, in Vestal (New York):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-08 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Note: This is the 47th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-08 - Transformer explodes and burns at hospital in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2017-06-08 - Power line bursts into flame in Vernon (Connecticut), blackouts ensue:

2017-06-08 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 11 scrap cars burn, in York (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "'There's no reason to believe it's not suspicious,' the chief said, adding it's highly unlikely the fire would 'jump' 30 feet to another car."

Note: But a cloud of gas blowing by could ignite cars here and there, and a gentle 5 MPH breeze will blow a cloud of gas 30 feet in 4 seconds. So there's no reason to think it IS suspicious. He's living in the old, normal world, which doesn't exist anymore. Maybe once he drops dead or burns to death or whatever then York can hire someone living in the real world. Or not...

2017-06-08 - Biodiesel plant heavily damaged by fire in DeForest (Wisconsin):

2017-06-08 - Chemical plant damaged by fire in the wee hours in Buffalo (New York):

2017-06-08 - Asphalt truck explodes and burns at quarry in San Angelo (Texas), 1 injured, equipment room burns separately at nearby business:

Quote: "Around 10 a.m. this morning, an asphalt truck exploded in the Crushed Stone and Asphalt Products (CSA) Material's Willeke/Maier Quarry yard, located in the 7400 block of S US HWY 67. Sheriff David Jones has confirmed with LIVE! that one victim of the explosion has been airlifted via Airmed1 for severe burn injuries. Jones further confirmed that one other person suffered minor injuries. Yesterday evening, firefighters responded to the hill to battle a fire in the equipment room for VGI, a local Internet service provider. The incidents are unrelated."

Note: Definitely related by timeframe, general area and the atmosphere, though probably not related in any other way. But that's enough nowadays...

2017-06-08 - Pickup truck and RV trailer destroyed by fire while parked at home in Black River Falls (Wisconsin), nobody there:

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2017-06-09 - Underground pits spewing hydrogen sulfide into coastal Tokyo (Japan):

Quote: "Efforts to eliminate bad smells in shopping areas, entertainment districts and other parts of Tokyo are gaining steam as the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics approach. Unpleasant smells are often from hydrogen sulfide generated in drainage pits installed underneath buildings."

Note: The Olympics, now with extra poison gas!

2017-06-09 - Underground fire breaks out at 4:54 AM in Croydon (Britain):

Quote: "Part of a major road in Croydon has been blocked off this morning (Friday, June 9) due to an underground fire. The Metropolitan Police says they were called out to London Road, near Broad Green's border with Thornton Heath, by the London Fire Brigade at 4.54am following reports of a 'manhole fire'."

Note: Croykey! That's an American person doing a British person doing an Australian person saying 'Crikey!' And for my next impression...Usain Bolt! *runs off*

2017-06-09 - Chemical supply business heavily damaged by huge fire in Anaheim (California), 3 injured:

2017-06-09 - Freight train bursts into flame in Foxborough (Massachusetts):

2017-06-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, two homes scorched, in coastal Antioch (California):

2017-06-09 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to home, in Lexington (Kentucky), nobody there:

Quote: "Galati said there was a car on fire inside the garage, but crews were able to extinguish the flames."

2017-06-09 - Crop failures could will result in apocalyptic scenarios, warn experts:

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2017-06-10 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 20-25 cars burn, in Longview (Texas), nobody there:

Quote: "About 20 to 25 cars burned Saturday at a Longview scrap yard in a fire that didn't spread to the main building of the business."

2017-06-10 - Wildfire rages out of control, jumps the N2, near coastal Port Elizabeth (South Africa), school destroyed:

2017-06-10 - Wildfire erupts at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on coastal Merritt Island (Florida):

2017-06-10 - Wildfire grows to 10,500 acres in Cochise County (Arizona):

Quote: "The fire grew from 7,500 acres on Friday to 10,513 acres on Saturday. It is still 0% contained."

2017-06-10 - Man, around 40, found unconscious in park, can't identify himself, in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "The public's help is being sought in identifying a man who was discovered unconscious in a Melbourne park and is unable to tell police who he is. The Caucasian man, thought to be 40, was found in Oakleigh South's Karkarook Park on Saturday morning and taken to Monash Medical Centre, where he remains."

2017-06-10 - Woman loses consciousness on boat near coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Four tourists on a seaplane became involved in a water rescue mission on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf on Sunday. An Auckland Seaplanes pilot responded to a distress call issued by the Auckland Coastguard, after a woman fainted on a charter boat."

2017-06-10 - Boy, 17, pulled unconscious from swimming pool in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

2017-06-10 - Man, 45, falls off boat and disappears near coastal Cat Island (Mississippi):

2017-06-10 - 25% drop in wheat output across the US:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-11 - Woman, 38, burns to death in burning car in brook at 3:30 AM in Orrington (Maine):

Quote: "The car was discovered by a passerby in a small brook near Swetts Pond Rd. while it was still fully engulfed in flames."

2017-06-11 - Passenger plane hit by burning smell, engine starts falling apart, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "We heard a loud explosion and a huge hole appeared in the engine..."

Quote: "Flight MU736 left Sydney bound for Shanghai at 8.30pm on Sunday evening but pilots reported problems about an hour into the journey. It returned to Sydney where it landed safely and passengers were evacuated with no injuries. 'We went up in the air and all of a sudden ... it kind of smelled like burning,' another passenger told Network Seven."

Note: This is the 48th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-11 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Washington DC:

2017-06-11 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2017-06-11 - Underground electrical fire at 2 AM hits Chico (California), 50+ businesses go dark:

2017-06-11 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in Toronto (Canada):

2017-06-11 - Landfill hit by fire for at 1 AM in coastal Saint Andrew Parish on the island of Jamaica:

Quote: "The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to seek help from the police after fires at five of its waste-disposal sites between April and June. Executive director of the NSWMA Audley Gordon said that the latest fire occurred early yesterday morning at the Riverton Landfill in St Andrew."

2017-06-11 - Recycling center hit by fire at 1:15 AM, 500 tons of wood chips burn, on Chartwell Road in Lancing (Britain), 2000 feet from the ocean:

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2017-06-12 - 34-year-old woman's clothes ignite while cooking in apartment, woman burns to death, in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "The 34-year-old woman was cooking in her apartment in Tower 31, a 42-story luxury high-rise on W. 31st between Broadway and Fifth Ave. at about 3:15 p.m. when her clothes caught fire, sources said. She ran around her apartment, and ended up in the bathroom."

2017-06-12 - Car dealership hit by 'flash fire' in Jasper (Alabama), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2017-06-12 - Firecracker business explodes and burns in Sunam (India), 28 injured:

Quote: "The impact of the blast could be felt in a radius of 3-4km around the godown and the explosion was heard up to several kilometres. A transformer, installed near the building, was thrown to a distance of about 100 yards and a number of electricity poles got uprooted in over 500 metres. Bricks of the buildings flew to 200 metres from the site."

2017-06-12 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, tires and vehicles burn, in coastal Brick (New Jersey):

Quote: "Amid summer temperatures and Brick Township firefighters extinguished a fire that burned tires and several vehicles at the Brick Recycling Company Monday, witnesses said."

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame on Hooper Avenue in Brick on this day...

2017-06-12 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Phoenix (Arizona):

2017-06-12 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 12:30 AM in North Boston (New York):

2017-06-12 - Unknown odor hits area in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services descended on a leafy north London high street following reports of a 'bad smell'. Scores of shoppers were evacuated from businesses in West End Lane, West Hampstead, after residents reported a 'noxious' stench. Dramatic images posted on social media showed a huge police presence on the road just after 9am on Monday."

2017-06-12 - Rotten egg odor hitting Waipukurau (New Zealand), near the coast:

Quote: "Residents spoken to, however, said the odour wasn't vegetable or agricultural in nature - variously describing it as a sewage smell, or sulphuric, similar to that in Rotorua."

2017-06-12 - Heatwave baking Siberia, where thousands of methane domes are expanding and preparing to explode:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-13 - Car explodes into flame and kills man in coastal Kelvin Heights, Queenstown (New Zealand):

Quote: "One person has been killed in Queenstown, where a car has burst into flames. Witnesses report armed police in the suburb of Kelvin Heights, where the station wagon exploded."

2017-06-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Tallahassee (Florida):

Note: This is the 50th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-13 - Generator explodes next to toilet in Gauteng (South Africa), woman killed:

2017-06-13 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2017-06-13 - Welders supply business hit by fire, yard full of acetylene tanks destroyed by explosions and fire, in Tyler (Texas):

2017-06-13 - Refinery erupts in flame on coastal Jurong Island (Singapore):

2017-06-13 - Landfill fire breaks out in Clinton County (Indiana):

2017-06-13 - Recycling center hit by fire, 10 tons of plastic burns, in Lewes (Britain):

2017-06-13 - Massive wildfire sends people fleeing on the island of Ibiza (Spain):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-14 - High-rise apartment building devastated by massive inferno at 12:54 AM in coastal London (Britain), 17+ killed, dozens injured:

Quote: "London's fire commissioner says there have been a number of fatalities in a high-rise fire in west London. Commissioner Dany Cotton calls the fire an 'unprecedented incident' and says she has never seen anything on this scale in her 29-year career."

Quote: "London police say that the death toll in the apartment building fire has increased to 17 people and is likely to rise even further."

2017-06-14 - Dozens of cars destroyed by fire while parked at car rental business in Patacão, Faro (Portugal), 3 miles from the coast:

Quote: "As we went to press on Wednesday, dozens of cars were reported to have been 'totally destroyed' by a fire that broke out at a parking area owned by a rent-a-car company in Patacão, Faro. The fire started at around 'lunchtime' and spread very quickly, with workers of Zitauto scrambling to get as many cars out of the car park as possible."

2017-06-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Adams County (Colorado):

2017-06-14 - Wood and waste dump goes up in flames before 3 AM, fire spreads to diesel warehouse, fire gets huge, in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

2017-06-14 - Auto parts business explodes and burns in Ankara (Turkey), 2 killed, 4 injured:,-three-injured-in-turkeys-ankara-industrial-zone-explosion-video.html

2017-06-14 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in Sioux City (Iowa):

2017-06-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Lakefield (Canada), nobody there:

2017-06-14 - Car bursts into flame on the M7 in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

2017-06-14 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

Quote: "It is the second car to catch fire in Limerick this Wednesday, with emergency services dramatically deployed to an incident on the M7 motorway after the alarm was raised shortly after 10.45am."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-15 - Person found dead in burning car at 3:30 AM on street in Cleveland (Ohio):

2017-06-15 - High-rise fire death toll rises to 30 in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "The fire that incinerated a 24-story apartment tower in West London has claimed at least 30 lives, the authorities said on Friday, even as they made a grim admission: A full accounting might be impossible because some victims may never be identified."

2017-06-15 - Blimp bursts into flame and crashes out of the sky at the US Open in Erin (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 51st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-15 - Tanker ship 'Aquarius' explodes, burns and sinks at 5 AM near coastal Singapore, crew of 6 missing:

2017-06-15 - Car ferry ship 'Med Star' erupts in flame near the island of Rhodes (Greece):

Quote: "Greek authorities say a cargo ship carrying vehicles has caught fire off the island of Rhodes but none of the 32 people on board are in immediate danger. The Merchant Marine Ministry says the blaze broke out Thursday on the Cypriot-flagged Med Star as it was sailing two nautical miles off Rhodes in the Aegean Sea."

Note: These are the 495th and 496th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-15 - Waste facility erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Commerce City (Colorado):

2017-06-15 - Underground electrical fire blacks out homes in Sutton Coldfield (Britain):

2017-06-15 - Crane bursts into flame at metal recycling center near the Houston Ship Channel in Houston (Texas):

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2017-06-16 - Man, 55, pastor, found burned to death at 7:45 AM near church in Chickasha (Oklahoma):

Quote: "At this point, they say they do not know how the fire was set or the exact cause of Walworth’s death. However, investigators say they believe it to be an isolated incident, adding that no further danger to the public has been indicated."

2017-06-16 - Passenger plane hit by smoke on approach to Hamburg (Germany):

Quote: "A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILR performing flight LH-16 from Frankfurt/Main to Hamburg (Germany) with 130 passengers, was descending towards Hamburg when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit."

Quote: "The airline reported there had been a strong smell of smoke in cockpit and cabin, in addition one of the smoke detectors triggered and sounded an alarm."

2017-06-16 - US Navy surveillance plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Medford (Oregon):

Quote: "A dozen people are safe after billowing smoke in a naval aircraft cabin prompted an emergency landing at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport earlier this afternoon. A U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion originally headed south with 12 people on board landed safely in Medford about 2:30 p.m. Friday, some 25 minutes after it made a distress call, according to Airport Director Bern Case."

Note: These are the 52nd and 53rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-16 - Wildfires in the US Great Plains have more than tripled in 30 years:

2017-06-16 - Mattress recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, spreads to cars, on Mitchell Island in coastal Richmond (Canada):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to battle a massive blaze on Richmond's Mitchell Island for the second time this year. Crews were dispatched to the small Fraser River island Friday afternoon after a fire broke out at a mattress recycling facility. The flames quickly engulfed several stacks of mattresses then spread to some cars on a neighbouring lot."

Note: Looks like the cars the fire spread to are in an auto salvage yard. Mattress recycling center next to an auto salvage yard, on an island, on the coast. This place was destined to burn...

2017-06-16 - Four homes destroyed just before 1 AM, two more homes damaged, on coastal Fire Island (New York):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-06-15 - Landfill spewing hydrogen sulfide, students and teachers sickening, some with cancer, in coastal Brookhaven (New York):

Quote: "The school in Bellport stands next to a massive landfill that’s been the source of odor complaints for years. 'The kids have problems with the breathing, our eyes are irritated constantly, I have chronic dizziness,' 5th grade teacher Allison Schelin told CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff. Teachers who work at Frank P Long Intermediate School cited nearly identical ailments."

Quote: "The results showed no release of VOCs, but high readings of hydrogen sulfide around the site."

2017-06-16 - Unknown haze hits Aldi store and sickens people in Burlington (North Carolina), 580 feet from Mays Lake:

Quote: "A shopping center in Burlington was shut down for most of the day Friday while hazardous material specialists investigated a mysterious haze inside Aldi. The Burlington Fire Department was dispatched to the grocery store, located in Grove Park Plaza at 1801 S. Church St., at 8:26 a.m. Friday after employees reported feeling ill and noticed a 'light haze' in the building, said Battalion Chief Brad Bailey. 'We got some information from Aldi management that they had a few employees that experienced some lightheadedness and general dizziness over the last couple days,' Bailey said."

2017-06-16 - Woman, 19, babysitter, found unconscious in swimming pool at home in Newmarket (Canada):

Quote: "A 19-year-old woman remains in critical condition after she was found unresponsive in a backyard pool in Newmarket Friday. York Regional Police confirm a child in her care called 911."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-17 - Flash fire kills 28-year-old man at 1:45 AM while he cooks food at apartment in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "The fire happened around 1:45 a.m. at the Northpointe Apartments in the area of Cheyenne Avenue and Rancho Drive. Firefighters forced their way into the home and found the man unresponsive with burns to his hands and face, according to Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Crews quickly put out the fire in the kitchen and rushed the man to University Medical Center where he died, Szymanski said. Investigators believe there may have been a flash fire while cooking which burned the victim."

2017-06-17 - Person found dead in burning car on Excaliber Lane in Sandy Spring (Maryland):

2017-06-17 - Deadly fire rages southeast of Coimbra (Portugal), homes destroyed, people incinerated in their cars, dozens killed, many injured:;-many-killed-in-cars/2114488/

Quote: "A raging forest fire enveloped a stretch of road in central Portugal this weekend, killing more than 60 people, including at least 30 motorists who were trapped in their cars.

Quote: "The loss of life due to a forest fire was the largest in memory in Portugal. It has been more than 50 years since 25 Portuguese soldiers were killed fighting wildfires in 1966. 'We are most likely facing the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known,' Costa said."

Quote: "Last year, Portugal was struck by a string of fires that damaged around 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) of land. In August, four people were killed in a blaze on the popular tourist island of Madeira."

2017-06-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Buffalo (New York):

2017-06-17 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Pool (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

2017-06-17 - Five guardsmen collapse unconscious at ceremony in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "As temperatures reached 25C (77F), one soldier fell forward onto his knees, out of formation, before landing face down with his hands by his side."

Note: 77F doesn't seem hot enough to cause that, even with the bearskin hats. I did the 21-gun salute at military funerals in my WINTER uniform (because it wasn't officially spring yet) near Phoenix when it was 95+F and nobody ever fainted, although we did start taking bets on who'd pass out first one day during a particularly long 60-minute eulogy, but nobody did. So, FIVE soldiers collapsing unconscious, at 77F? Not normal. Have there been any strange odors in London lately? (Yes, mentioned in the 2017-06-12 update.) Have there been any unusual fires? (Yes, a gigantic fire that destroyed an entire high-rise apartment building at 12:54 AM, which killed dozens of people, mentioned in the 2017-06-14 update.) Anybody in London disappearing into the water lately? Well...

2017-06-17 - Man, 26, disappears into the water after saving child, at the Greenland Dock in Rotherhithe area in coastal London (Britain):

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2017-06-18 - Alaska's sea ice melting unusually early:

2017-06-18 - Heatwave bakes parts of California, 9 Bay Area cities set new records, and worse to come:

Quote: "By 10 a.m. Sunday, the temperatures hovered around 80 degrees in San Francisco - about 20 degrees above average for a morning in June. Temperatures kept rising in the Bay Area throughout the day. Record highs of 97 were recorded at airports in both San Francisco and Oakland, while Livermore and San Jose also smashed previous milestones. San Jose hit 103 and Livermore 106. 'This whole heat event will be the most substantial heat wave we've had this season,' said Charles Bell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Monterey."

Quote: "High temperatures in nine San Francisco Bay Area locations were new records for Sunday’s date, National Weather Service officials said."

2017-06-18 - Shifting water weight can trigger earthquakes:

Note: Not just small earthquakes, and not just in California...

2017-06-18 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2017-06-18 - Man, 44, crewmember, strokes out just after 6:30 AM on tanker ship near coastal Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "A Coast Guard copter rescued a man Sunday morning from a tanker at sea off Galveston. Just after 6:30 a.m., Argent Eyebright, a Panamanian oil and chemical tanker headed for Houston, called for help from about 120 miles off the Galveston coast. A 44-year-old crewmember was experiencing stroke-like symptoms and needed medical assistance, the ship reported."

2017-06-18 - Boy, 6, pulled unconscious from wave pool at Cowabunga Bay in Henderson (Nevada):

2017-06-18 - Man, 53, pulled unconscious from swimming pool in Phoenix (Arizona):

2017-06-18 - Boy, 15, pulled unconscious from lake at park in Georgetown Township (Michigan):

2017-06-18 - Man collapses at bus stop at 12:20 AM in coastal London (Britain), van purposely hits people as they try to help:

Quote: "One man has been arrested but it is feared two more suspects may be on the run after the van plowed into a crowd outside Finsbury Park Mosque, London, as they finished taraweeh, Ramadan evening prayers. Eyewitnesses reported seeing bystanders wrestle the suspect to the floor and pin him down until officers arrived. Others added that the congregation of victims were trying to save a man who had collapsed at a bus stop, and other unconfirmed reports suggested that the attackers had knives and a man had been stabbed."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-19 - Car bursts into flame and kills man in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait), two other car fires too:

2017-06-19 - Death toll rises to 79 from high-rise inferno in coastal London (Britain), deadliest fire in Britain since records began:

Quote: "European researchers say that the Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since they started keeping close records at the start of the 20th century."

2017-06-19 - Nuclear plant damaged by roof fire near Lyon (France):

Quote: "A major incident avoided after a fire that broke out on the roof of a nuclear reactor at the Bugey plant in central-eastern France has been extinguished, operator EDF said on Monday. The fire broke out at the plant's nuclear reactor number 5, near the French city of Lyon, nuclear regulator ASN said earlier in a statement."

2017-06-19 - Underground fire breaks out in the Old City area of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-06-19 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Tribeca area in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-06-19 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows pavement apart in coastal London (Britain):

2017-06-19 - Recycling center erupts in flame near coastal Benicia (California):

2017-06-19 - Wooden jetty damaged by fire on the Manchester Ship Canal (Britain):

2017-06-19 - Ten boxed AC units go up in flames inside building, fire spreads to building, in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Battalion Chief Connie Hall said the fire started when about 10 new AC units in boxes on the fourth floor of the building somehow ignited."

Note: Now they're burning before they're even unboxed!

2017-06-19 - AC unit bursts into flame, fire spreads to gas station, in Howrah (India), 2 killed:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-20 - Unknown odor hits hospital in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

Quote: "The Grand Rapids Fire Department gave the hospital the 'all clear' around 1:30 p.m. Crews couldn't determine the cause of the odor."

2017-06-20 - Person found dead in burning RV at 2:30 AM in Baldwin Park (California):

Quote: "A body was discovered after firefighters put out an RV fire early Tuesday in Baldwin Park. The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. in the 12900 block of East Garvey Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It was knocked down 15 minutes later. Officials discovered the body of an adult, gender and exact age unknown, inside the RV."

Note: This is the 271st RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-20 - Coast Guard C-130 plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

Quote: "Clay Williams, director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, said the pilot called the airport from the air, saying there was smoke coming from the cockpit."

Note: This is the 54th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-20 - Underground steam pipe explodes, blows pavement all over cars, in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 5 injured:

2017-06-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Upper Price Street in York (Britain), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "Incident 5336  Time 0953 – Upper Price Street, York Reports of a ‘bang’ and flames coming from a grate in the road were found to be caused by an electrical fault in cables underground. York crew, Police and Electricity company all attended."

2017-06-20 - In separate incidents, underground fire breaks out at 1:15 AM in Abbeymead, and power station damaged by fire in Stonehouse (Britain):

Quote: "Another power station also caught fire overnight in Ryeford Road in Stonehouse which was caused by a fault with equipment at the station."

2017-06-20 - Market explodes in coastal Jinzhou (China), 4 killed, dozens injured:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-21 - Person found dead in burning car in parking lot at Morton Arboretum in Lisle (Illinois):

2017-06-21 - Passenger plane hit by 'burning smell', plane makes emergency landing in Selma (Alabama):

Quote: "An American Eagle flight with 65 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Selma, Alabama, after the pilot noticed a burning smell in the cabin and cockpit."

2017-06-21 - F-16 bursts into flame during takeoff, pilot ejects, plane crashes, in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Evacuations were ordered on Wednesday for an area surrounding Ellington Airport after a pilot was forced to eject from a burning F-16 jet. The jet was preparing to take off along with another F-16 assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing stationed at Ellington when a fire broke out on board. The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to NORAD."

Note: These are the 55th and 56th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-21 - Recycling center hit by fire, large pile of metal burns, in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "According to AFD, units arrived within minutes and reported that a large pile of metal was on fire."

2017-06-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, in Springfield Township (New Jersey):

2017-06-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap buses burn, in San Gwann on the island of Malta:

2017-06-21 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, ten cars burn, in coastal Tuggerah (Australia):

2017-06-21 - Underground electrical fire blacks out commercial area in Flint (Britain):

2017-06-21 - Fire truck bursts into flame at 12:30 AM while parked inside fire station in South Bend (Indiana):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-22 - Man, 40, killed by hydrogen sulfide in sewer pit at meat shop in Decatur (Indiana):

Quote: "Justin Manley was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at the scene after emergency crews were called to Manley Meats after the two men were found unresponsive in the sewer pit. The autopsy says Justin Manley’s death was 'asphyxia due to drowning due to hydrogen sulfide gas toxicity.' His death has been ruled accidental."

2017-06-22 - Salton Sea spewing hydrogen sulfide again in California:

Quote: "As if high temperatures weren't bad enough, local residents will need to deal with the stench of rotten eggs for the next few days. The smell is coming from the Salton Sea, where elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide have developed. It's caused by decaying organic matter."

2017-06-22 - Lower Owens River emitting hydrogen sulfide near coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "'County staff has been monitoring conditions on the river, and we are observing low levels of dissolved oxygen in the river, as well as a distinctive hydrogen sulfide ('rotten egg') odor, which is indicative of anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions,' Water Director Dr. Bob Harrington said."

2017-06-22 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to coastal Tokyo (Japan):

Quote: "A Delta Air Lines flight from Seoul-to-Atlanta was diverted to Tokyo on Thursday morning, Atlanta time, after the smell of smoke was detected on board the plane."

Note: This is the 57th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-22 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on plane, plane diverts to coastal Goose Bay Airport (Canada):

Quote: "An Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to JFK in New York has declared a medical emergency. The flight has diverted towards Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland in the North East of America."

2017-06-22 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in coastal Halifax (Canada):

2017-06-22 - Underground electrical explosion hits courthouse in Ector County (Texas):

Quote: "The Ector County Courthouse is closed temporarily Thursday morning after an underground transformer exploded. According to Ector County Judge Ron Eckert, the explosion happened in the north lawn of the courthouse."

2017-06-22 - Basement electrical fire breaks out in coastal London (Britain):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-23 - Five people killed by hydrogen sulfide in wastewater treatment pond at food processing plant in coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

Quote: "The incident began after Pantika Tasuwan, the Chulalongkorn University intern, fell into the pond and the other four attempted a rescue. The employee and three security guards leaped into the pond but were overwhelmed by hydrogen sulfide and suffocated to death, Lt. Col. Phumwattana Ritthong of Bang Na police said."

Quote: "Four were pronounced dead on the scene while a fifth later died at the Bang Na 1 Hospital."

2017-06-23 - Soldier, man, 23, drops dead in barracks, and college student, man, 20s, drops dead in dorm, in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

Quote: "Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the deaths of a soldier and a student, who passed away suddenly in separate incidents in Limerick, writes David Raleigh."

2017-06-23 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Blountville (Tennessee):

Quote: "A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta was diverted to Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville on Friday evening after crew members reported smoke in the cockpit and cabin areas of the plane."

2017-06-23 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

Quote: "Smoke in the cockpit prompted a JetBlue Airways flight headed for Florida to make an emergency landing in South Carolina. When it was over a plane full of people were standing in the grass at the airport in Charleston, South Carolina, after a scary and unscheduled landing."

Note: These are the 58th and 59th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-23 - Slide explodes and burns boy at Reservoir Park in West Allis (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A nine-year-old boy was badly burned when a playground slide exploded beneath him. Giussepe Storniolo was playing at Reservoir Park in West Allis on Wednesday when the plastic slide he was on unexpectedly burst. 'When I went down the slide something just happened. I don't know what just happened,' Storniolo told our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN-TV. 'It was like the slide had just almost been inflated it just opened up, bubbled,' says the mayor of West Allis, Dan Devine. Storniolo suffered second degree burns. He's expected to make a full recovery."

Quote: "'I just heard like a big explosion so I thought maybe something fell,' Diana said. She said her son suffered second-degree burns."

2017-06-23 - Metal recycling business hit by fire, pile of junk cars burns, in Clayton County (Georgia):

Quote: "A huge fire at a junkyard in Clayton County, which filled the sky with black smoke, is now contained. Firefighters say this was the second time in six months that thick black smoke has filled the air above the scrap yard called Metal Topbuy."

2017-06-23 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 100 scrap cars burn, in Sacriston (Britain):

2017-06-23 - Barge hauling scrap cars erupts in flame in the Gorge Waterway in coastal Victoria (Canada):

Note: This is the 522nd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-24 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills 1 person, injures 4 more, at roundabout in Nairobi (Kenya):

Note: This is the 440th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-06-24 - Underground electrical explosion before 7 AM hits coastal Cambridge (Massachusetts):

2017-06-24 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, several cars burn, in Spokane Valley (Washington):

2017-06-24 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame, fire gets big, in New Carlisle (Indiana):

Quote: "SMS is a metal recycling company. Most of what is shredded there is automobiles."

Quote: "New Carlisle Fire Chief Josh Schweitzer tells WSBT 22 that this is the second fire at this location in a week. The sixth fire there in two years."

2017-06-24 - Car storage yard hit by fire, 8 cars destroyed, 35 cars damaged, in Croydon area in coastal London (Britain):

2017-06-24 - Twenty vehicles go up in flames at 11:22 PM at industrial estate on Vulcan Way in Coalville (Britain):

2017-06-24 - Recycling center hit by major fire in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2017-06-24 - Recycling center hit by massive fire in coastal Fangyuan (Taiwan):

2017-06-24 - Armored truck bursts into flame on the Long Island Expressway in Holbrook (New York), 6 miles from the coast:

2017-06-24 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Fairfield (Connecticut):

Note: Also see the person who had a 'medical episode' while driving on I-95 in Fairfield on this day...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-25 - Woman in her 30s burns to death at 1:13 AM near restaurant in Scarborough (Canada), 3 miles from Lake Ontario:

Quote: "At around 1:13 a.m., emergency crews responded to a call that indicated a woman appeared to be lying in a parking lot behind Canbe Foods Inc., located on 1760 Ellesmere Rd., said Fire Services spokesperson Adrian Ratushniak. The caller indicated the woman appeared to be on fire and was suffering from severe burns, said Ratushniak. Upon arrival, paramedics rushed the woman to the trauma centre where she succumbed to her injuries."

2017-06-25 - Metal and mulch fire breaks out at scrap metal business near Mud Island in Memphis (Tennessee):

Quote: "Firefighters said the mulch fire started at a scrap metal business right off Mud Island. Battalion Chief Steve Dew said an employee came running into the station, saying there was an explosion. When firefighters showed up, there was heavy smoke and tall flames coming from a mulch fire that was also burning metal left over from old cars."

2017-06-25 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in St. Helens (Oregon), near the Columbia River:

2017-06-25 - Wildfire rages near coastal Doñana National Park (Spain), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves. Its over 50,000 hectares (123,550 acres) of wetlands and woods are an important stop for migratory birds from Africa and Europe and home to a variety of animals, including the highly endangered Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle."

Quote: "The Donana fire comes a week after forest fires killed more than 60 people in neighboring Portugal."

2017-06-25 - Eighteen major wildfires burning in the US Southwest:

Quote: "Eighteen large fires are burning in the region, including six in Arizona, three in Utah, three in California, three in New Mexico, two in Nevada and a large one in Oregon. The two biggest wildfires are in southern Arizona and Utah. Wildfires already have caused far more destruction than usual in the first half of 2017, meteorologist Haley Brink of the CNN Weather Center said. Almost 1 million more acres had burned by Thursday, compared with the 10-year average through June 22."

2017-06-25 - Wildfire grows to 42,800 acres near Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), evacuations ensue:

2017-06-25 - Brush fire rages near the 14 Freeway near Santa Clarita (California), evacuations ensue:;-mandatory-evacuations-issued/2146291/

2017-06-25 - News van bursts into flame while covering the wildfire along the 14 Freeway near Santa Clarita (California):;-14-fwy-back-open/2146291/

Quote: "A local news van was also seen completely charred near the fire. KNBC-TV said in a statement the cause of the van fire was not related to the Placerita Canyon blaze and nobody was injured."

Quote: "You may have seen images of one of our news vans that caught fire while covering the Placerita Canyon fire. At this point, it appears the incident with our van was not related to the fire in any way. Our photographer was not in the van at the time and is OK."

Note: Definitely related to the fire by geographic location, timeframe and the atmosphere...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-06-26 - Cars go up in flames at 11:25 PM, woman runs into garage and dies, in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "A woman was found dead in a burning garage in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood late Monday. Police and fire crews were called to a home in the 4800-block of South Bishop Street near Lamb Park at about 11:25 p.m. They were told the cars inside the garage were on fire. Neighbors said they saw a woman run into the garage and that she didn't come out. Investigators said flames were too intense to attempt a rescue. When the crews put out the fire, they found the woman dead inside."

2017-06-26 - Man found burned to death in car at 12:10 AM, another man with burn injuries, in coastal Saga (Japan):

2017-06-26 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2017-06-26 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 250 cars and heavy equipment burn, fire gets huge, in Kingman (Arizona):

Quote: "The fire affected three properties along Route 66, destroying 250 autos used for recycled auto parts along with piles of recyclable materials and heavy equipment..."

2017-06-26 - Auto salvage yard destroyed by fire in Slatington (Pennsylvania):

2017-06-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire after 4 AM in Wind Gap (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A fire broke out at a recycling plant in Northampton County early Monday, according to Northampton County emergency radio. Scanner reports indicate the fire broke out around sometime after 4 a.m. at RPM Metals at 701 N Broadway in Wind Gap."

2017-06-26 - Car storage yard hit by fire, 3 trucks, 17 cars and forklift burn, on Ferry Lane in Rainham area in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "A serious fire has closed the A13 after smoke starting blowing across the road. The London Fire Brigade confirmed via their official Twitter account that a car storage yard on Ferry Lane in Rainham has set on fire - with a number of cars alight."

Quote: "Three lorries, 17 motor vehicles, one fork lift truck and one 40 foot container were damaged by fire."

2017-06-26 - Hundreds of motorcycles and barn destroyed by fire near Rock Valley (Iowa):

2017-06-26 - Underground tunnel fire breaks out beneath state capitol building in Nashville (Tennessee):

2017-06-26 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire in coastal Cardiff (Britain):

2017-06-26 - Wildfires from Canada dump heat-absorbing soot onto Greenland's ice sheet:

Quote: "Scientists have for the first time tracked soot from Canadian wildfires all the way to the Greenland ice sheet, where they found that the dark, sunlight-absorbing particles landed on the ice and had the potential to significantly enhance its melting — pointing to a possible new driver of sea level rise. It’s the first end-to-end documentation of a process that, it’s feared, could hasten Greenland’s melting in the future — and since the ice sheet could contribute over 20 feet of eventual sea level rise, any such process is one that scientists weigh carefully."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-27 - Hydrogen sulfide spewing again from the Salton Sea (California), odor advisory issued:

2017-06-27 - Unknown odor sickens dozens of people at warehouse in Canoga Park (California), 12 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A sudden odor inside a Canoga Park warehouse Tuesday caused as many as 50 people on the set of 'Top Chef Junior' to experience respiratory problems, but authorities could not determine the cause."

Quote: "Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the department’s hazmat team entered the building but could not find any substance. 'It was not clear what the odor was,' Humphrey explained. 'There was no storage inside the building that would lead us to indicate any product was utilized or stored there.' Humphrey said none of the people the fire department spoke with could describe the odor consistently, and all reported they felt better after they went outside for fresh air."

Note: That's very indicative of hydrogen sulfide, the inconsistent descriptions. At LOW concentrations it smells like 'rotten eggs', or like the odorant they add to natural gas. But at higher concentrations, different people describe it differently, with some saying it smells 'chemically', some saying it smells 'flowery', some saying it smells like licorice, some saying it smells 'sickly sweet', etc. Our brains didn't evolve smelling higher concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, so different people - different brains - interpret it differently, so you get inconsistent descriptions of the smell. Too bad we can't follow these people for a week and see if any of them drop dead in the next few days from respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest or stroke or 'medical event', because sometimes hydrogen sulfide has a delayed reaction of up to a few days after exposure before you die. In other words, some of these people could already be on the way to the cemetery and they just don't know it yet...

2017-06-27 - Man, 66, ignites while cooking and burns to death in apartment in Fort Collins (Colorado):

2017-06-27 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Temescal in coastal Oakland (California):

2017-06-27 - Heatwave bakes Greece, temps hit 45C (114F):

2017-06-27 - Underwater volcano Loihi quaking and possibly erupting near Hawaii:

2017-06-27 - Volcano Bogoslof erupts again, spews ash 30,000 feet into the atmosphere, in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2017-06-27 - Yellowstone Park hit by 1100+ earthquakes in two weeks in Montana/Wyoming:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-28 - Unknown odor sickens 30-40 people at school in coastal Noord-Holland (Netherlands):

Quote: "The Martinus College in Grootebroek, Noord-Holland was evacuated late on Wednesday morning after between 30 and 40 students and teachers became unwell. A strange smell left the people in the school feeling nauseous and dizzy. One student fainted, NOS reports."

2017-06-28 - Unknown smell hitting towns near the coast in Norfolk (Britain):

Quote: "A county in England is grappling with a perplexing problem that may be even more maddening than the 'mystery boom' phenomenon: an inexplicable smell lingering in the air. The so-called 'Norfolk mystery smell,' has left residents of various towns and villages baffled as they can't quite figure out the origin of the odd aroma. Even stranger, the odor seems to differ depending on whichever community it appears in, leaving experts scratching their heads and suggesting that there could be multiple sources for the smell."

2017-06-28 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Atlantic City (New Jersey):

Quote: "A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing in New Jersey after its cockpit filled with smoke. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says Flight 1443 was forced to declare an emergency and land at Atlantic City International Airport after taking off at 9 p.m. Wednesday from Newark Liberty International Airport."

Note: This is the 61st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-28 - Twenty cars go up in flames while parked at car dealership in Van Alstyne (Texas):

2017-06-28 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Tucson (Arizona):

2017-06-28 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Danville (Virginia):

2017-06-28 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire and explosions in San Jose (Costa Rica), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "Large sections of San José were left without power after what appeared to be massive explosions at an electric substation lit up the skies over El Porvenir de Desamparados, just south of the capital. At the time of this writing, the cause of the fire at the station, which belongs to the public National Power and Light Company (CNFL), has not been determined. Luis Fernando Andrés, distribution director for the CNFL, told the media that the incident early Wednesday evening has left at least 100,000 residences and businesses without power in southern and eastern San José."

2017-06-28 - Ambulance bursts into flame while parked at hospital in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-29 - Two odor events occur, 'strange odor' and 'smell of gas', in Iron Mountain (Michigan):

Quote: "Iron Mountain firefighters investigated two odor complaints Wednesday. At 4:26 p.m., they went to Shirt Tails at 408 S. Stephenson Ave. for a report of a 'strange' odor. Firefighters checked the building with a detector but didn’t find any problems. They returned to the station at 4:45 p.m. At 8:04 p.m., they went to Hardee’s at 315 N. Stephenson Ave. for a report of a natural gas odor. Employees evacuated the building, and firefighters used a detector to check for gas. Although the detector indicated no natural gas, the smell of gas was present, firefighters said."

Note: Their detector was for detecting natural gas, and none was detected, but the 'smell of gas' was nevertheless present. People are confusing the smell of hydrogen sulfide with the smell of mercaptan, which is added to natural gas to give it an odor. Natural gas detectors won't detect hydrogen sulfide...

2017-06-29 - Van explodes and burns and kills 3 people on road near Shahkot (Pakistan):

2017-06-29 - Underground electrical explosion blows pavement apart in Wilmington (Delaware):

2017-06-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, building burns, in Cunningham (Arkansas):

2017-06-29 - Three wildfires grow to nearly 92 square miles in Central Washington:

2017-06-29 - Crewmember sickens on ship 'Elbepilot' near coastal Cuxhaven (Germany), medevac'd off:

Quote: "On June 29, 2017, around 9 p.m. the 'Elbepilot' requested assistance after a crew member fell ill on board. The ship was about 17 miles NW of Cuxhaven. A sea surgeon and two paramedics boarded the lifeboat 'Anneliese Kramer' and reached the pilot vessel 40 minutes later. They stabilized the patient before he was taken off in winds of 4 Beaufort and taken to Cuxhaven for further treatment."

2017-06-29 - Two magnitude 6.0 earthquakes strike in the ocean near the Kermadec Islands:

2017-06-29 - Big One coming? Northern California shaken by more than a dozen earthquakes:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-06-30 - Wildfire breaks out in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl (Ukraine):

2017-06-30 - Ferry ship 'Tawindo No. 2' bursts into flame, disabled by fire, en route to coastal Tarakan (Indonesia):

Quote: "Passenger ship TAWINDO No. 2 in the morning June 30 suffered fire in engine room while en route from Malaysia to Tarakan City, Indonesia, northeast Kalimantan, with 80 Indonesian workers on board and 6 crew. Crew managed to extinguished fire after cutting off fuel pipe, but vessel was disabled, unable to resume sailing, in position 03 50N 117 59E."

2017-06-30 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Bathtub Beach, near Stuart (Florida):

2017-06-30 - Boat bursts into flame in the Mississippi Sound near coastal Biloxi (Mississippi):

Note: These are the 540th, 541st and 542nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-06-30 - Temperature hits 53.7C (128.7F) in Iran, highest June temp ever recorded in Asia:

Quote: "The southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz soared to a brutal 129 degrees Thursday, which is Iran's highest temperature ever recorded. It's also one of the world's hottest reliably measured temperatures and the highest June temperature in Asia on record."

Quote: "Officially, he said the temperature was 53.7 degrees Celsius, which is 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Iran’s previous hottest temperature was 127.4 degrees."

2017-06-30 - Teen boy pulled unconscious from Lake Meridian in coastal Kent (Washington):

2017-06-30 - Boy, 10, pulled unconscious from swimming pool at home in Cuero (Texas):

2017-06-30 - Woman collapses outside home on Southcoates Lane in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Southcoates Lane, Hull. Fri 30 Jun 2017 22:10 (No:14208) One adult female collapsed outside of premises. Reassurance given until arrival of paramedics. Female left in care of paramedics."

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