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Some 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago

More than 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago; distraught owners lay flowers at site
Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said.

The fire Saturday occurred 50 miles northwest of Chicago at Valley View Acres, a boarding facility that also breeds and trains thoroughbreds and show-jumping horses, and offers riding lessons to children.

'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million, down from 'Catching Fire' debut
Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the last installment of "The Hunger Games," but it still set the highest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office.

Brooklyn fire leaves 15 injured, 6 critical

Officials: Early morning Brooklyn apartment fire leaves 15 injured, including 6 critical
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Fire officials say 15 people were injured — including 6 critically — during an early morning fire in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

A FDNY spokeswoman says the fire broke out at 12:38 a.m. Wednesday in a three-story apartment building on Flatbush Avenue.

The blaze was brought under control at 1:55 a.m.

Officials say the fire originated on the second floor and swept through the third floor.

The spokeswoman says six people were in critical condition. Another person had serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Nearly 40 treated from California waste plant fire

Nearly 40 decontaminated from fire at Southern California waste facility, but danger subsides
The Associated Press

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.

The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire officials said.

A vacuum truck exploded into flames about 3:45 a.m. at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a mysterious waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

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