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NTSB Investigating Tesla Model S Lithium Battery Fire

Federal investigators are looking into a battery fire that broke out in 2014 Tesla Model S electric car in June to address the unique safety issues encountered by emergency crews responding to electric vehicle crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Tesla fire occurred on June 15 as a driver was traveling west on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. Other motorists flagged down the Tesla driver when they saw smoke coming from the vehicle. The driver pulled over, stopped the car, and got out. A nearby Los Angeles Police Department patrol car also stopped as smoke ... Read More

Deadly Flash Fire at Alabama Auto Dealer Leads to $114K Penalty

A deadly flash fire that broke out inside a Jasper, Alabama auto dealership in June 2017 was the result of serious safety lapses, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership Aug. 1, resolving citations and penalties issued in the wake of the deadly fire, which killed three employees and seriously injured two others. The agreement requires the auto dealer to pay $114,074 in penalties for safety violations OSHA investigators found after the fire. The investigators found that company employees were using a highly flammable ... Read More

One Person Dead in Florida Casino Shuttle Boat Fire

Authorities in Pasco County, Florida, are investigating a casino shuttle boat that caught fire Sunday afternoon off the Florida coast near Tampa, killing one woman and injuring several others. The casino shuttle boat was taking about 50 passengers to the Tropical Breeze casino boat about three miles offshore in international waters when the fire broke out for unknown reasons. The casino shuttle boat was in a canal in Port Richey, Florida, and about 100 feet from the nearest shore when the crew discovered heavy smoke and the captain turned the boat back to port. Video taken by witnesses shows the ... Read More

Bronx Apartment Fire Kills 12, Injures 14 Others

A fire that quickly consumed a five-story Bronx apartment building Thursday, Dec. 28, killing 12 and critically injuring several others, was caused by a toddler playing with a stove, New York City fire officials said. The fire, the deadliest New York City fire in a quarter century, swept through the apartment building “like a chimney,” New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told the press in a news conference outside the building Friday. The fire was exacerbated by the resident of the Bronx apartment where the fire originated, Commissioner Nigro said. After finding her kitchen in flames, the mother of the ... Read More

OSHA Fines Alabama Dealership After Deadly Flash Fire

Federal authorities cited a Jasper, Alabama, car dealership for willful and serious workplace safety violations after a flash fire broke out in its facility in June 2017, killing three employees and leaving a fourth with critical burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that employees of Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the floor of the service pit. A flame or other heat source met the floor, erupting in a massive flash fire that instantly consumed the service facility. The flash fire fatally burned three workers, Jake Jennings, Javan Robinson ... Read More

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires in 10 Steps

This holiday season, Christmas tree fires have destroyed homes from California to Florida, Illinois to Arizona, and every place in between, turning the most wonderful time of the year into a nightmare for some families. Christmas tree fires are not uncommon, but they are preventable. This time of year, fire departments from coast to coast are urging those who celebrate Christmas to be mindful of safety when putting up their tree. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there are 10 steps you can take to avoid an accidental Christmas tree fire this year. When choosing a real Christmas tree, ... Read More

Christmas Tree Fire Destroys Los Angeles Home

Two Christmas Trees go up in flames

It happens every year, often with devastating consequences: An electrical circuit overloaded with Christmas lights bursts into flames, destroying homes, holidays, and even lives. Dozens of firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a house in Westlake, California, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Dec. 13. Westlake is a community just northwest of downtown Los Angeles. They arrived to find a home completely engulfed in flames and a mother and her five children without a home. According to NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire was caused by an electrical overload from a ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Battery Signals Overheat Warning On United 787 Dreamliner Flight

The crew of a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight approaching Paris last month received an overheat warning stemming from the aircraft’s lithium-ion battery. Boeing confirmed the incident on Dec. 1 but said that it was not a repeat of the problems its 787 Dreamliners have experienced in the past with their powerful lithium-ion batteries, which prompted a worldwide grounding of the planes in January 2013 and triggered a federal safety investigation. The Aviation Herald first reported the problem on Nov. 30, saying that it occurred Nov. 13 aboard a United Airlines flight 915 from Washington D.C.’s Dulles Airport to ... Read More

U.S. Airlines Are Barring Smart Bags With Lithium Batteries

Major U.S. airlines say they will stop accepting “smart bags” powered by lithium batteries next year unless the batteries can be removed. The impending ban, which is expected to reduce the risk of fire in the cargo hold, will go into effect on all American Airlines flights starting Jan. 15, with additional U.S. carriers following suit. A number of luggage manufacturers have introduced bags equipped with lithium battery-powered features that many travelers will find convenient. According to the Chicago Tribune, one bag made by Away can charge a drained iPhone five times, while one made by G-RO features charging capabilities ... Read More

Lithium Batteries Blamed For Two Michigan House Fires

Lithium batteries are blamed for two devastating house fires in Macomb Township, Michigan in recent days. Authorities investigating an Oct. 21 fire that destroyed a 100-year-old farmhouse in Macomb Township and killed two dogs believe that a lithium battery charging a weed trimmer may have caused the tragic fire. According to The Macomb Daily, Steve and Doniece Langdon and their three sons were not at home at the time the fire broke out, but their two dogs were inside the home. Both pets reportedly died of smoke inhalation. “The fire department was trying so hard to give CPR to Rusty, ... Read More