Mainebiz - The co-owner of Goose River Grocery in Belfast has been arrested and charged with arson and insurance deception, nine months after the store was destroyed in a fire. The Bangor Daily News reported that Kyle Skinner, 35, was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by Belfast police, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit. Skinner also was charged with theft by deception and more charges are expected.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 
FOX 26 - It’s a building that’s existed since 1902, but the old tan Wunsche Bros. Café and Saloon was closed Sunday. “Not sure at this time what started it, however we do know it started in the stage area,” says Kim Mitchell, who used to work at the restaurant. Residents in Old Town Spring woke up to find a restaurant favorite engulfed in flames. “We had Spring fire department, Ponderosa, the Woodlands, South County and Aldine,” explains John Babendure, from the Spring fire department.
Monday, March 30, 2015
 
The Columbian - After the Big Dig-out, it’s time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? New England’s epic winter is on pace to produce a corresponding number of claims as thousands of homeowners seek to repair damage. Successive storms dumped 110 inches of snowfall in Boston alone, a record for an entire season. "It’s a part-time job just to navigate it all," says Cathy Schwarz, a Plymouth resident who is working with her insurer and repair companies after rooftop ice dams caused leaks in her house. "Everybody says you’ll get through this, but all I can see is a house that’s just not livable right now."
Monday, March 30, 2015
 
Insurance & Financial Advisor - New York Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Far Rockaway) announced plans to introduce new state legislation creating the New York Flood Insurance Association (NYFIA), a joint underwriting association designed to serve New York State homeowners in flood-prone communities. According to Goldfeder, the new body would provide homeowners with an alternative to rising federally backed flood insurance premiums by offering economical, fair and non-discriminatory policies; and protect families from the unfair flood damage claims practices experienced following Superstorm Sandy.
Friday, March 27, 2015
 
FOX News - Activists call them “bomb trains,” and they’re likely rolling through a town near you. The oil boom in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, has put a record number of train cars on tracks carrying hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil each day all across the U.S. Several accidents have already happened, and local leaders say it is a matter of time until more occur. "The fuels that they’re carrying now are very volatile so, in a highly residential area, an accident like that would be devastating,” Barrington, Illinois, Fire Chief Jim Arie told Fox News.
Friday, March 27, 2015
 
WKRC - A Cincinnati firefighter, rushed to the hospital after he was injured battling a four-alarm fire in Madisonville, has died from his injuries. Mayor John Cranley’s spokesman identified the fallen firefighter as Daryl Gordon, 54. Firefighters were called to the King Towers Apartments on Dahlgren Street at about 5:30 a.m. The mayday call went out and Gordon was carried out on a stretcher after falling down an elevator shaft. Several other firefighters were holding his hands. Fire chief Richard Braun had said the firefighter was in "dire straights" and he asked for prayers for the firefighter and his family.
Friday, March 27, 2015
 
FOX News - At least 19 people were injured, four of them critically, when an explosion and seven-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building and burned three other structures in New York City’s East Village Thursday. At an evening news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said a preliminary investigation indicated that a gas explosion caused by plumbing and gas work in the building that collapsed was to blame. The New York Post reported that construction crews accidentally "hit a gas main."
Friday, March 27, 2015
 
KESQ - Multiple families in Indio are looking for a place to sleep tonight after several apartments went up in flames in Wednesday afternoon. Officials with CAL FIRE say the a two-alarm fire in the Andorra Apartment complex started at about 3:50 p.m. The fire sparked on the second or third floor of the complex, located at 81-700 Ave. 46, near Alladin Street. Fire officials said the fire was burning on the north side of the apartment complex. "My fire alarm did not go off, so the only reason I found out there was a fire is because I smelled it," said Teresa Dominguez who escaped the blaze.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
CBS News - The first batch of severe weather in this year’s tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured. Tens of thousands of Oklahoma residents were without power Thursday as officials were assessing the damage. Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Billy McKelvey said one person was killed in the mobile home park in a Tulsa suburb, which he said could accommodate 40 to 50 trailers. It wasn’t yet clear whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds that hit the park.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
The North jefferson News - Insurance adjusters have given city officials a quote of $247,000 for the rebuilding of the Kimberly Fire and Rescue station. That word came Monday night from Mayor Bob Ellerbrock at the city council’s regular session. Ellerbrock said that the figure did not include the cost of a new foundation slab for the building. That will have to be relaid because the existing slab — the only remaining part of the station house destroyed by the April 2014 tornado — is not thick enough for the new structure. “The new building will have to be built up to code, which includes handicap-accessible restrooms, both men’s and women’s,” Ellerbrock said.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
 
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