TIME Crime

Another Black Church Burns in the South, the 8th in 10 Days

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches trended on Twitter throughout the week

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, a prominent African-American church in Greeleyville, S.C., caught fire late Tuesday. It is the eighth black church in the Southern U.S. to burn in 10 days.

Greeleyville, about 60 miles northwest of Charleston, S.C., has seen similar fires before, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. Mount Zion was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995, part of a string of 30 fires in black churches that spanned two years.

An investigation into the fire’s cause will begin after it is safely extinguished, chief of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division Mark Keel told the Post and Courier. He noted that the thunderstorm that pounded the town of 375 on Tuesday evening could have ignited the church. Meteorologist Pete Mohlin of the National Weather Service told the paper that there was a lot of lightning in the area around 7 p.m., but he could not say if it had caused the fire.

Parishioners across the South are surveying the damage that a string of similar fires has caused this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports, starting in Knoxville, Tenn., on June 21 and moving to Macon, Ga., and Gibson County, in Tennessee, on June 23; Charlotte, N.C., on June 24; Elyria, Ohio, on June 25; and Tallahassee, Fla., and Warrenville, S.C., on June 26.

Three of those fires have been ruled arson, one was determined to be caused by a falling branch and faulty wiring, and the others remain under investigation. Several have been blamed preliminarily on lightning; weather in the South this week has been turbulent.

State senator Cezar McKnight was on the scene as the fire continued to burn at 10 p.m. “South Carolina has been through a lot the last two weeks, and we’ve made the best of a terrible situation,” he said. “I would hate for this to be something somebody did on purpose to try to poison the love and fellowship.”

The Post and Courier recalled that then President Bill Clinton visited Mount Zion after it was rebuilt following the 1995 attack. His remarks at its dedication have resonance still:

“The men and women of Mount Zion have shown us the meaning of these words by refusing to be defeated and by building up this new church. Others have come together with you,” Clinton said on June 12, 1996. “The pastor told me he got contributions from all over the world to help to rebuild this church. In just a few days we’ll have a joyful noise coming out of this church … I want to ask every citizen, as we stand on this hallowed ground together, to help to rebuild our churches, to restore hope, to show the forces of hatred they cannot win.”

[Post and Courier]

TIME natural disaster

See the Devastation of Washington State’s Wildfire From Above

The worst fire of the season devastated entire neighborhoods, as the state struggles with an ongoing drought

TIME Taiwan

Hundreds Injured in Taiwan Water Park Fire

Taiwan park fire
EPA Taiwanese push a young man suffering from burns on his legs to an ambulance at the Formosa Fun Coast park in the Bali District of New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, June 27, 2015.

The fire's cause is under investigation

More than 200 people were injured in a fire that broke out at a water park in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday.

The fire ignited in the midst of “colour play” party at the Formosa Water Park, which featured music and dancing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but BBC reports it may have sparked when a colored powder being thrown on the audience burst into flame.

There were at least 215 people injured, with 83 of them suffering severe burns, BBC reports. There were about 1,000 people near a stage where the fire started.

The fire was brought under control.

[BBC]

TIME natural disaster

See the Biggest California Wildfire This Year

The 11,000-acre 'Lake Fire' continues to ravage the San Bernardino National Forest

A wildfire that sparked Wednesday afternoon near Big Bear Lake, Calif. had grown to 11,000 acres as of Friday morning, according to a government website.

The fire is the worst of the year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Wind and the dry undergrowth due to drought conditions in the area have contributed to the blaze’s rapid spread through sections of the San Bernardino National Forest. The fire is currently 10% contained, with fire engines, helicopters, air tankers and more than 500 respondents combating the spreading flames.

Hundreds in the area have been evacuated, but government website InciWeb stated that no structures had been destroyed as of Friday. The fire is currently spreading further inland to the south and east.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

TIME fire

Fire Crews Race to Alaska to Fight Rampaging Wildfire

The cause of the fire remained unknown

Homes were being evacuated and fire crews from the Lower 48 states were racing to a wildfire north of Anchorage, Alaska, that grew to 6,500 acres in just hours, authorities said early Monday.

The so-called Sockeye Fire, in the town of Willow, about 80 miles north of Anchorage, forced firefighters on the defensive as aircraft continually drop water and fire retardant Sunday night, the state Forestry Department said.

Authorities wouldn’t speculate on containment as residents along a stretch of more than 5 miles of the George Parks Highway began fleeing. The number of evacuations wasn’t immediately available, but the Anchorage Fire Department said “numerous” structures were threatened…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

TIME Aviation

Malaysia Airlines Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Melbourne After Reports of Engine Fire

Passengers have disembarked and no injuries have been reported

A Malaysia Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Melbourne on Friday afternoon after reports of an engine fire, the Australian city’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade says.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reported that 300 passengers were on board Flight MH 148 bound for Kuala Lumpur and that the plane first dumped its fuel, then made an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport around 3:00pm.

The BBC noted that route-tracking websites showed the plane circling the airport multiple times.

Melbourne Airport said via Twitter the plane landed safely, although it could not confirm the reason for MH 148’s grounding. After it landed, the plane was towed to a gate and passengers were allowed to disembark. Paramedics at the scene have not yet had to treat anyone.

[ABC]

TIME Transportation

Video Captures Bus Exploding on Massachusetts Turnpike

No injuries have been reported

A bus on a Massachusetts highway exploded on Monday with the incident caught on camera.

Though the blast was violent enough to knock out the vehicle’s windows, there have been no reports of injuries, according to ABC News. The bus became engulfed in flames but firefighters eventually managed to get the blaze under control. One lane of eastbound traffic was closed due to the incident but reopened 20 minutes later.

The operating company, BoltBus, tweeted in the aftermath that the passengers were safe.

[ABC]

TIME Crime

See Baltimore Dig Out From the Ashes as National Guard Arrives

After a night of riots, looting and arson, Baltimore community members came out to restore "Charm City"

TIME Music

Lady Antebellum’s Tour Bus Caught on Fire

Firemen look at the damage after a fire on Lady Antebellum's bus on eastbound I-30 in Garland, Texas
Ron Baselice—The Dallas Morning News/Reuters Firemen look at the damage after a fire on county music group Lady Antebellum's bus on eastbound I-30 in Garland, Texas, April 16, 2015.

Everyone is OK

The Lady Antebellum tour bus was on the way to Dallas for the American Country Music Awards when a wheel blew out and the vehicle caught fire.

Singer Hillary Scott shared the news on Instagram, explaining that they “had to evacuate very quickly,” but that fortunately everyone is safe and sound. She was on the bus with her husband, manager and driver when they had to pull over in Garland, Tex. on Thursday morning, E! reports.

The group is up for Best Vocal Group of the Year at the ACM Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.

[E!]

TIME fire

Huge Fire Rages at General Electric Building in Kentucky

Joshua Garcia (@garciagolf18) via Instagram Joshua Garcia posted this photo from Louisville, KY., on Apr. 3, 2015.

No reported deaths or injuries

A six-alarm fire broke out at General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. early Friday, consuming the entire building. As of 3:30 pm, the fire was still blazing.

Jefferson County Fire spokesman Kevin Tyler confirmed that there were no deaths or reported injuries in the massive fire, but said the building is likely to be completely destroyed.

Fire officials are not yet sure what caused the blaze in the storage building, but said at this point they are just focused on putting out the flames. All production at the complex has been cancelled through next week, and affected employees will be relocated, according to WKLY.

Residents who live within a half-mile radius of the blaze have been ordered to shelter in place, according to Louisville emergency services spokeswoman Jody Duncan. The shelter-in-place order was not because of hazardous materials, but because of the smoke from the fire. “There is ash falling as well,” says Duncan, adding that the precaution is more for residents that have respiratory issues.

 

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