Associated Press/Photo by Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury

Bangladesh fire kills dozens in crowded district

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/19, 11:33 am

At least 81 people died when an apartment building caught fire in an older, overcrowded part of Bangladesh’s capital, officials said Thursday. The blaze began late Wednesday night in a building in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar district. It quickly spread to several other buildings, including some that stored chemicals and plastics. The buildings also housed shops and restaurants. Many of the casualties were trapped inside the buildings, and the death toll could rise as some of the 50 injured people remain in critical condition, according to local officials.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Benoit Moser/BSPP

Arson suspected in deadly Paris fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/05/19, 11:40 am

French authorities on Tuesday arrested a woman for suspected arson after a fire in a Paris apartment complex killed at least 10 people. The flames began on the second floor and then engulfed the eight-story building. First responders rescued residents who climbed onto the roof or out of their windows to escape the blaze. More than 30 people, including at least eight firefighters, sustained injuries, fire department spokesman Capt. Valerian Fuet said.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Ramon Espinosa

Deadly tornado hits Havana

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 1/28/19, 11:33 am

Heavy rains and a tornado caused at least three deaths and about 170 injuries in Havana on Sunday night. The natural disaster occurred in the eastern part of the Cuban capital and left much of the city without power. Floodwaters trapped cars already crushed by fallen trees, and the seven-story Daughters of Galicia Hospital for new and expectant mothers evacuated all patients after the storm sucked out many of its windows.

Read more