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Five firefighters injured in Mexico City factory fire

mexico Aristegui Noticias
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – A single factory fire Friday (Nov. 15) injured five responders, collapsed a portion of the building and forced the evacuation of 300 nearby residents. Hundreds of firefighters and other responders battled the textile factory fire for nearly 28 hours, Aristegui Noticias reports. The fire was thought to be closed to under control about 3 p.m. Friday, but the unexpected collapse of a domed portion of the building renewed concern. Beside the two firefighters injured in the collapse, three suffered smoke inhalation.
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Former beverage plant in Brazil burns again

recife TV Journal
Recife, Brazil - Squatters are susupected of causing the fire that spread through a former beverage factory Thursday (Nov. 14). Local recidents told TV Journal that the building has been damaged by a series of fire reoccuring in the same location with no action taken by the owners.  
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Brazilian industrial park reports flames

sapiranga NH News
Sapiranga, Brazil – Firefighter fought more than six hours Thursday morning (Nov. 14) to win control of a fire burning in an industrial park in this eastern Brazilian city, population 80,000. First reports of the blaze came to firefighters attention at 1:30 a.m., NH News states. No injuries were reported.
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Converted glass factory in Pennsylvania gutted by fire

penntwp WPXI
Penn Township, PA – Flames collapsed the roof of a former glass factory converted into office space for local businesses. More than 20 fire units were occupied with controlling the fire reported just before 9 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15). A tenant returning from a meal discovered the building was on fire when he returned, WPXI News reports. No injuries were reported. Responders were able to contain the fire and prevent its spread to neighboring properties.
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South Korean food factory quickly extinguished

Gimpo, South Korea – A massive food processing plant fire near the North Korean border took responders nearly an hour to bring under control Saturday (Nov. 16). Almost 70 firefighters employed 27 fire response vehicles to extinguish the fire first reported by pedestrians nearby, News 1 reports. No injuries were reported in the blaze.
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Factory fire paints South Korean sky red

lugang China Times
Lugang, Taiwan – A metal building used as a factory became an oven when wooden pallets stacked inside ignited and burned Saturday night (Nov. 16). Flammable wood products stoked the fire to an extremely high temperature, the China Times reports. A second factory fire, also involving a metal building, broke out in the Changhua County but was brought under control within an hour.
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Industrial accident kills one in Iowa

NEVADA, IA - Rescue workers were unable to save a contract worker at a biofuels plant in central Iowa who was crushed to death beneath equipment Thursday (Nov. 14). The worker, believed to be a Honduran native, was pinned by fallen equipment at Verbio North America’s Biorefinery about 40 miles north of Des Moines, WOI TV reports. Despite the effort of responders, the worker died at the scene. The victim was an employee of Midwest Tank Company.
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Chemical dump blacklisted by fire authorities in Australia

KANIVA, AUSTRALIA – An illegal chemical dump in southern Australia has been blacklisted as an official no-go zone for local firefighters if a blaze is ever reported. According to an emergency plan developed by Australian fire authorities the dump, located on private property, would be allowed to burn until specialists could arrive from Ballarat, 186 miles away, Australian newspaper The Age states. No specifics about the suspected chemical threat have been released to local responders.
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Gas line explosion awakens Cleveland suburb

PepperPike FOX 8 News
PEPPER PIKE, OH – A gas line explosion across the street from a fire station rocked this suburban Cleveland community Friday morning (Nov. 15), causing a power outage to nearly 500 homes. Towering flames shot into the sky at about 1:30 a.m., FOX 8 News states. It took Dominion Gas nearly two hours to shut down the gas to the fire. Police report that crews had been working on the line prior to the explosion. Nearby residents were evacuated.  
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Explosion rips through extinguishing agent factory in India

Maharashtra, India – An explosion at a factory making fire extinguishing agent to protect high value assets injured 17 people Friday (Nov. 15). As of 7 p.m. (IST) firefighters were still on the scene of the blast at Cryptzo Engineering, located at a local industrial park, India TV states. The injured, identified as laborers, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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Recycling plant fire in Japan spreads to countryside

higashohiroshima TV Shin Hiroshima
Higashihiroshima, Japan - Fire razed about 2,000 square meters of a plastics recycling plant before spreading to the nearby forest Thursday (Nov. 14). Flames originated in a product warehouse, TV Shin Hiroshima said. Seven employees on hand when the fire broke out were safely evacuated without injuries.
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Seven killed in Egyptian pipeline blast

egyptian MENA
HAY ET BAROUD, EGYPT - A company official blamed an attempt to rob a gas pipeline as the cause of an explosion Wednesday (Nov. 13) that killed seven people. The blast also injured 16 others, the state news agency MENA states. Injuries ranged through several different degrees of burns. A resident stated that the smell of gas was heavy before the explosion.
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Smokey flavor imposed on cheese at Wisconsin plant

monroe WKOW
MONROE, WI - Workers at a cheese factory are busy cleaning up after a fire in a packaging room Wednesday (Nov. 13). All cheese production at the Emmi Roth factory has been discontinued until the cleanup is completed, WKOW reports. Damage was confined to one maching in the plant's packaging area. Other than that machine, smoke damage accounted for the rest of the cleanup.
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Roof fire triggers evacuation at Ohio packaging materials plant

miamisburg WDTN
MIAMISBURG, OH - A motor on the roof of a packaging materials plant burst into flames Thursday morning (Nov. 14). The fire occurred at the Avery Dennison plant at the beginning of the 2 a.m. graveyard shift, WDTN reports. Twenty employees on hand were safely evacuated from the building until the fire was brought under control.
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Explosion rocks North Carolina packaging products plant

HICKORY, NC - One person was transported to the hospital after an explosion that sparked a fire at a North Carolina packaging products plant Wednesday. The blast, which happened in a grinding machine, occurred at the ICC International Cushioning plant, the Hickory Daily Record reports. Authorities ruled the cause of the blast to be accidental.  
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Pet supplies plant in Texas reports fire

athens KYTX
ATHENS, TX -Fire broke out on the loading dock of a pet supplies factory in Texas Thursday morning. No injuries were reported, according to KYTX TV in Tyler. This is the second fire at the plant this year. The earlier fire happened in January.
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Massachusetts firefighter becomes latest line-of-duty death

Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie announced Wednesday (Nov. 13) the Line of Duty Death of Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard. Lieutenant Menard, age 39, who was assigned to Ladder 5, Group 2 at the McKeon Road Fire Station. He had served on the Worcester Fire Department since 2010. The fire at 7 Stockholm Street was first reported at 12:58 a.m. Initial reports were for a fire on the second floor, with a baby possibly trapped on the third floor. Four firefighters were transported to a local hospital from the scene. One firefighter is in serious but stable condition. Two other firefighters were being treated for non-life threatening injuries and have been released. An adult female occupant was transported with serious injuries. All other occupants are accounted for and no other civilian injuries have been reported at this time. “This is an extremely difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department,” said Chief...
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Investigators probe South Korean factory fire

Gangseo, South Korea - An electrical short involving a sensor that measures hydrochloric acid levels is under investigation as the possible cause of a brief fire at a shipping materials factory in South Korea. Although the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes resulting property damages was extensive, Korean News 1 reports. The nighttime fire was reported to responders by workers at a neighboring factory. No injuries were reported.
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Beets burn after Belgium blowout

Bellegem, Belgium – A 30-ton load of beets blocked a major highway when a trailer in which they were being hauled caught fire and broke open, according to DPG Media NV. The spilled load reduced the motorway in western Belgium to one lane of moving traffic, the article states. Flames enveloped the rear of the moving trailer shortly after a blowout. With the help of a passing motorist, the truck driver managed to disconnect the burning trailer to save the truck. Other than using a small crane with a loading scoop, responders retrieved the roasted vegetables by hand.
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Snack factory in Spain suffers second fire in four months

Alzira, Spain - Four months after a fire at a snack factory in eastern Spain sent one employee to the hospital with severe burns a blaze broke out again Wednesday (Nov. 13), this time in a closed portion of the complex. Three brigades of local firefighters extinguished the flames spreading through a disused warehouse at Grefusa snack factory shortly before 10 a.m., according to the newspaper Valenciadiari. Last July, leaking oil ignited in the active portion of the plant, leaving one worker with second and third degree burns on arms and legs.
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