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Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire

Officials: Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in blaze that killed 6 at Maryland mansion
Brian Witte, The Associated Press

MILLERSVILLE, Md. - An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren, investigators said Wednesday.

The fire ignited combustible material, probably a tree skirt, and tore through the massive, castle-like structure in the early morning hours of Jan. 19.

70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers

One of few remaining survivors from Auschwitz liberation recalls end of infamous death camp
Aron Heller, The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - Marta Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound of soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. The 10-year-old Slovakian Jew assumed it was German troops coming to get her but once she saw the red stars on their uniforms she realized they were Russian. Her nightmare was over. She was liberated.

3 young siblings die when fire sweeps through Ohio trailer

3 young siblings die as fire blamed on kerosene heater sweeps through eastern Ohio trailer
Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A fire caused by a dropped kerosene heater swept through a rural trailer home on Thursday, killing three young siblings, whose mother fell out a window trying to save them and couldn't get back in, a sheriff said.

Apartment complex fire accidentally caused by workers

Officials: Fire that destroyed New Jersey apartment complex accidentally caused by workers
Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

EDGEWATER, N.J. - Workers doing maintenance at an apartment complex across the Hudson River from New York City accidentally started a fire that caused massive damage and displaced more than 1,000 people, officials said Thursday.

The fire at The Avalon at Edgewater, a complex overlooking the river, was under control but still smouldering Thursday more than a day after it began on the first floor.

Barking dog alerts family to fire at California home

Family credits barking dog for alerting them to fire that destroyed Southern California home
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A family of seven who was sleeping when a fire consumed their Southern California home says they escaped unscathed thanks to their barking dog.

Vera Mendez says Foxy, her 2-year-old mixed breed dog, began barking "like crazy" shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Mendez's son woke up, and he rushed to wake up the rest of the family as flames tore through three rooms of the home in Santa Ana.

Mendez tells City News Service that three generations of the family — six adults and a 9-year-old boy — got out of the burning house safely because of Foxy.

Hundreds displaced in New Jersey apartment building fire

Hundreds displaced, no injuries reported, in New Jersey apartment complex fire
The Associated Press

EDGEWATER, N.J. - Hampered by winds and frigid temperatures, firefighters battled a huge fire Wednesday night at a New Jersey apartment complex that sent flames sky high and smoke visible from New York City across the Hudson River.

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