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Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

Breaking News!!: West London, England: Massive fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building.

A massive fire occurred at the Grenfell Tower, a 24 story apartment building in West London, England at 1:00am (London Time) on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017.

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At least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters to battle the massive fire.

The massive fire has killed 30 people, injured 74 people, and reports that at least 58 people are reported missing.

Reports that people were seen throwing children and babies from windows.

Met Police’s Stuart Cundy said the death toll will rise, adding: “I don’t think any more survivors will be found.”

According to the London Ambulance Service, 30 patients where taken to 5 hospitals and more than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

“We wake up early sometimes anyway in the night, and one of my relatives saw the flames from the window and heard the people screaming. It just started to burn across from one side to the other, and we saw apartment after apartment getting lit up into flames,” resident Ousama Itani told NBC News.

Evacuated residents are saying that there were no fire alarms going off during the fire and that they could hear residents screaming for help.

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London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter says firefighters have been to the top floor of the 24 story building, but were hampered by a fractured gas main.

London Fire Brigade’s Steve Apter added that the integrity of the tower is a significant issue and firefighters will be on scene for some time.

The cause of the massive fire in not yet been determined.

Residents of the apartment tower are very angry that lives were put in danger and warnings of the risk from fire were known before the massive fire broke out.

The tower block was built in 1974, as social housing by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, and building regulations have since changed.

Floor plans of the 24 story building show there was only one staircase on the residential floors.

The council still owns the building but it has been managed since the 1990s by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association.

A major refurbishment of the estate, which cost £10 million, took 2 years to finish and was completed in 2016.

The work included installing insulated exterior cladding, including rain screen cladding and a curtain wall facade, and new windows.

The refurbishment was part of a wider £67 million development, funded by the council and carried out by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Association and Rydon, a construction company.

Residents of the apartment tower had expressed concerns about the safety of the building “over several years”.

“I raised 19 complaints on behalf of the residents with the TMO. Lots of them were about the safety of the building and what would happen if there was a major fire,” said Judith Blakeman telling Sky News.

Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation issued a statement on the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower saying, “We wish to repeat our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected as a result of this devastating event at Grenfell Tower. We also wish to pay tribute to the bravery of the emergency services and to those members of the public who continue to selflessly do all they can to assist. The events of last night and early this morning are a tragedy. KCTMO, in conjunction with RBKC and others, is doing everything it can to assist the residents of Grenfell Tower and those affected by the tragedy. This will remain our immediate concern and focus. It is too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread. We will co-operate fully with all the relevant authorities in order to ascertain the cause of this tragedy. We are aware that concerns have been raised historically by residents. We always take all concerns seriously and these will form part of our forthcoming investigations. While these investigations continue with our co-operation, our core priority at the moment is our residents.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, “There will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”

Rest centers for displaced residents have been opened at Rugby Portobello Trust (Walmer Road, W11 4EY), St. Clement Church (Treadgold Street, W11 4BP) and Westway Sports Center (Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP).

According to the London’s Metropolitan Police Service, an emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower to please call Casualty Bureau at: 0800-0961-233.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the massive fire at the Grenfell Tower. **

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Breaking News!!: London, England: Terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building.

Breaking News!!: London, England: Terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building.

According to the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England, at least 3 people are dead and several people were injured in a terror attack along the Westminster Bridge and outside the Parliament building in London, England on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.

Authorities say a man in a vehicle struck several people walking along the Westminster Bridge.

The vehicle then crashed into a railing near the Parliament building.

The attacker armed with a knife tried to enter Parliament building.

The attacker stabbed and killed a police officer.

Journalists based inside the Parliament building heard gunshots shortly after 2:30pm Local Time (10:30am ET) and were told to stay in their offices.

The attacker was shot and killed by police fficers.

The Parliament building was placed on a locked down and adjoining Westminster subway station were closed for hours after the terror attack.

Streets around nearby 10 Downing Street, which serves as both the home and office of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May, were evacuated.

A total of 3 people, including the police officer and an American, were killed in the terror attack.

Several people were reportedly injures in the terror attack, including 20 people who were treated for serious injuries and 8 people who suffered less serious wounds.

NBC News is reporting that French teenagers on a school trip and 2 Romanian tourists were among the casualties.

Authorities are treating the attack as a “terrorist incident” and had launched a full counter-terrorism investigation.

“We are satisfied at this stage that it looks like there was only one attacker,” said Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Chief Mark Rowley adding “But it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.”

The threat level for international terrorism in the United Kingdom was already listed at severe, meaning an attack is “Highly Likely.”

During a nationally televised address outside 10 Downing Street, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May called the attacker a “sick and depraved terrorist” adding, “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our national capital. Let me make it clear today, any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Parliament would meet as scheduled on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 and said that Londoners refused to allow the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.

In a statement from the White House, United States of America President Donald Trump called United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders.

“He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice,” said United States of America President Donald Trump in the release statement.

The terror attack comes on the year anniversary of the Brussels terrorist attacks which killed 32 people.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror attack. **

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Breaking News!!: Westlake District, CA: High rise office building fire.

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Breaking News!!: Westlake District, CA: High rise office building fire.

A high rise office building located on the 1500 block of West Olympic Boulevard near Union Avenue in Westlake District, California.

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The fire was reported to have started at about 7:45pm PT on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 and was reportedly occupied.

According to the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the fire is confirmed to be on the 5th floor of the high rise office building with people trapped inside.

Over 170 fire department firefighters are battling this fire on the upper floors of a 6 story office building which is a 66,000 square foot office building that is mostly devoted to medical offices and was built in 1956.

A person has been reportedly evaluated for injuries.

Some victims were seen from news helicopter videos being rescued from a window and were taken down to safety by a large fire department ladder truck.

According to the Los Angeles City Fire Department, as of 9:00pm PT, fire department firefighters
took 81 minutes to fully extinguish this fire and a civilian suffered non-life threat injury in this fire.

A fire department firefighter was also treated for unknown injuries due to this fire.

White smoke is seen coming out of the top floors of the office building where earlier was black smoke seen.

Streets remain closed around the office building.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

Downtown Needles, CA: Preparing for the 2015 Train Days event happening Saturday.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Preparing for the 2015 Train Days event happening Saturday.

A 2015 Train Days Committee Meeting was held on Monday, March 9th, 2015 at Palo Verde College Needles Branch in Downtown Needles, California discussing the latest updates, plans, and layout for the 2015 Train Days being held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT at Santa Fe Park and inside the El Garces Train Depot located on the 900 block of Front Street, between F Street and G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

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Some of the items that members of the 2015 Train Days Committee discussed during the 2015 Train Days Committee Meeting included a program schedule of the event, if on site food vendors are possible, how many model railroad displays will be there and how many electrical outlets are needed, who will be the event photographer taking free pictures at the event, how will the tour of both the down stairs and up stairs of the El Garces Train Depot will be down and who will be giving the tours, how will be the plaque dedication for the old railroad cantilever signal (which is displayed over G Street near Santa Fe Park), and who will be doing what at the event.

Another and last 2015 Train Days Committee Meeting is scheduled at 12:00pm PT at the City of Needles Offices located at 817 Third Street near F Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Members on the 2015 Train Days Committee are planning to run through all of what is going to happen at the event, see if any last minute items need to be address, be fixed, or changed, and plan out how the event schedule will be like.

For more information on the 2015 Train Days, please call: 1 (702) 540-0586 or vendor information, please call: 1 (760) 326-2050.

All are welcome to participate and attend the 2015 Train Days Committee Meeting.

This small group of people are working hard to put on an event and want to keep doing this event for those who love trains and to the railroad that services our community.

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https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/downtown-needles-ca-2015-train-days/

** ZachNews will be covering the 2015 Train Days event and will have pictures and videos posted on ZachNews after the event. **

 

Live Breaking News!!: Building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Live Breaking News!!: Philadelphia, PA: Building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

** Live streaming news coverage of the building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the following website addresses: **

– ABC affiliate WPVI Channel 6:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/live

– Fox affiliate WTXF Channel 29:

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/category/242043/breaking-news-video

– CBS affiliate KYW Channel 3:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/live-video/

Breaking News!!: Building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Breaking News!!: Philadelphia, PA: Building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**** Updated at 10:30pm PT on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013: ****

A 4 story building collapses onto a 1 story Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 2140 Market Street and is on the southeast corner Market Street and South 22nd Street.

Good Samaritans jumped into action as first responders raced from a fire station just down the street.

At least 6 person are reportedly dead and 13 people have been rescued and have been taken to local hospitals with minor injuries after a building collapsed onto another building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Late Wednesday, search and rescue crews pulled a woman alive from the rubble of the building collapse.

There is no confirm information to how many people were inside the open thrift store.

First responders, search and rescue crews, and construction workers worked feverishly to find survivors.

Philadelphia’s Counter-Terrorism Task Force is on the scene along with all the major utility companies.

Witnesses felt the 4 story building collapse then seen first responders racing to the scene.

According to Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, 125 people were working to locate survivors and they were using 35 different pieces of equipment in the search.

City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is asking the public to please avoid the area from the Ben Franklin Parkway to Walnut Street and from 18th Street to the Schuylkill River so that first responders and search and rescue crews can continue rescue work.

Market Street is closed between 18th Street to 30th Street.

According to Philadelphia Fire Department Officials, the building next door to the collapse was under demolition.

According to the demolition permit from Philadelphia’s Licenses and Inspections, that building was a 4 story structure.

According to City Officials, there were no existing violations on the property and the contractor conducting the demolition had a license.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration Officials, they were aware of the incident and would be launching an investigation.

** Live streaming news coverage of the building collapses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the following website addresses: **

– ABC affiliate WPVI Channel 6:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/live

– Fox affiliate WTXF Channel 29:

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/category/242043/breaking-news-video

– CBS affiliate KYW Channel 3:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/live-video/