Investigation of fire in NC's capital city continues

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities have finished collecting and documenting evidence from a fire that destroyed an apartment complex that was under construction in Raleigh, but their investigation in the cause of the blaze continues. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Response said in a news release Friday that investigators have completed processing the physical scene of the fire at the Metropolitan apartment complex on March 16.

Melee in court in case tied to 'Real Housewives' guest

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- A melee broke out Friday at a hearing for a pair charged in the deaths of two men found in a burning car owned by a woman who often appears on "Real Housewives of New Jersey." Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas, in court for a detention hearing, were ordered held without bail when the brawl broke out.

Teen burned in January fire in Spartanburg County dies

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Spartanburg County officials say a teen burned in a fire in January has died. Coroner Charles Clevenger said in a news release Friday morning that 14-year-old Abby Lynn Sampson of Inman died at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. The girl, her two brothers and her father were all hurt in a fire at their home Jan. 29. Clevenger says the teen died Thursday morning.

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Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes. The dog's owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire. Lamirande says she frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu (NAH'-loo).

Jerzeez Diner owners admit setting fire for insurance money

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) -- The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance. Sussex County prosecutors say 49-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz pleaded guilty to arson on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the pair said business at the Jerzeez Diner in Vernon was not doing well so they drove from their home in Butler and set it on fire in March 2016. No one was injured.

Arson ruled out in fire that killed mother, father, 2 kids

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators have not been able to determine what caused a fire that killed four family members in South Carolina, but they say it doesn't appear to have been intentionally set. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said in a Thursday news release that investigators couldn't pinpoint a source for Tuesday's blaze that killed a mother, father and two children.

Wildfire in western North Carolina now 50 percent contained

NEBO, N.C. (AP) -- Firefighters in western North Carolina say a blaze in the Pisgah National Forest is now 50 percent contained. Forestry officials said in a news release that burnout operations were conducted on the south end of the Wild Creek Fire near Nebo in McDowell County on Wednesday afternoon, in order to help protect some private property. Officials think the fire was sparked by lightning.

2 children injured in Wilkes County house fire

RONDA, N.C. (AP) -- Two children have been seriously injured in a Wilkes County house fire. Wilkes County EMS officials tell local media that the fire started at about 11 p.m. Wednesday at a home in Ronda. Two children under the age of eight were taken to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin with life-threatening injuries. The fire is still under investigation.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming

NEW YORK (AP) -- Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labor -- "The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ," which once graced the Vatican and European palaces.

Firefighters make progress on North Carolina wildfire

NEBO, N.C. (AP) -- Firefighters are making progress in a blaze in the mountains of western North Carolina. Forestry officials said in a news release that the fire near Nebo in McDowell County is about 30 percent contained. No injuries have been reported. Officials say no buildings are currently threatened. Nearly 170 firefighters are working on the fire. Investigators say it appears a lightning strike March 16 started the blaze.

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announces 20 medal winners

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Massachusetts man who died saving a waitress from being stabbed by a mentally ill man and a 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died trying to save his father from a house fire are among 20 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners Wednesday. George A.

Rape, abuse, death of girls at Guatemala home burned by fire

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- When firefighters entered the home for troubled youth, they discovered more than two dozen girls on the floor of a locked room, most of them dead. A moan rose from one of the bodies, piled on top of each other. When firefighter Danial Perpuac turned the girl over, flames came out of her mouth -- she was burning up inside. "That is something you cannot forget," Perpuac said helplessly.

2 hurt in Oklahoma wildfire that has destroyed 9 homes

LONGTOWN, Oklahoma (AP) -- Emergency crews are making progress fighting a small but stubborn fire that destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma and forced more than 100 people to flee its path. Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said Tuesday the fire east of Longtown is about 25 percent contained. It has consumed about a square mile. Longtown is 80 miles southeast of Tulsa.

2 plead not guilty in deaths tied to 'Real Housewives' guest

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Two men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges stemming from a double homicide involving a burning car owned by a woman who often appears on "Real Housewives of New Jersey." Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, entered their pleas during their initial court appearances made via a camera feed from the Passaic County jail.

The Blaze's Tomi Lahren off-air after backing abortion right

NEW YORK (AP) -- Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren was absent from the air of Glenn Beck's The Blaze days after declaring her support for abortion rights. During an appearance on ABC's "The View" on Friday, Lahren explained that she was for abortion rights because as a proponent of limited government, it would be hypocritical of her to say she thinks the government "should decide what women do with their bodies.

4 people killed, 1 hurt in South Carolina house fire

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- State police are trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed four family members and injured another person at a home in central South Carolina. The fire was reported about 1 a.m. Tuesday in Lexington County, just west of Columbia. Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release that the victims were 42-year-old Scott A. Kelly, 34-year-old Amanda G. Kelly, and two of their children, 9-year-old Elizabeth M.

Suburban Kansas City apartment building fire ignites houses

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the suburban neighborhood nearby, The Kansas City Star reported ( ).

2 men dead in burning car believed tied to TV performer ID'd

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- The deaths of two New Jersey men whose bodies were found in a burning car believed to belong to a reality television show performer have been ruled homicides. Passaic County prosecutors identified the men Monday as Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega Jr. The Paterson residents were found Friday by emergency responders checking out a car fire in the city. The bodies were discovered after the fire was extinguished.

Western North Carolina wildfire only 10 percent contained

NEBO, N.C. (AP) -- Federal forestry officials say a fire in western North Carolina is only about 10 percent contained. The U.S. Forest Service said in a news release The White Creek Fire near Nebo in McDowell County has burned nearly one square mile of land. The fire is near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.