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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

Work continues to clean up and reopen Interstate 40 after several semi trucks crashed at around 1:11pm PT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 along westbound Interstate 40 near the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, just east of Five Mile Road, in Needles, California leading to 2 semi truck to erupt into flames.

According to the California Highway Patrol, westbound lanes of Interstate 40 are reopened as of 11:17pm PT and eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 were reopened as of 5:30pm PT.

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According to California Highway Patrol, at least 3 semi trucks are involved in the crash with a semi truck in the center divider and at least 2 semi truck fully engulfed in flames.

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These pictures sent into ZachNews from Lee Fairman show the wrecked semi trucks on fire up close.

Multiple fire department agencies from around the Colorado River Tri-States area responded to battling the fire, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, Desert Hills Fire District, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department.

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The 2 semi trucks were carrying tire shavings and clothing, and because of the fire, prompted the need for a hazmat team to respond.

Firefighters were still in a “defensive attack mode”, fighting the fire and its dark, toxic smoke from a distance.

ZachNews has learned that there were no injuries in the crash and fire.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

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Heavy traffic because of the closure were seen lined up for miles both westbound and eastbound Interstate 40 as California Highway Patrol closed both directions along Interstate 40 from Five Mile Road to Park Moabi Road.

Motorists were being asked to use old Route 66 to County Route 1 in Topock, Arizona to Courtwright Road to Mohave Valley Highway in Mohave Valley, Arizona, over the Needles Bridge onto North K Street to Needles Highway to Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

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

** ZachNews thanks to Timothy Terral from Needles, California for helping ZachNews get to this breaking news story and to Lee Fairman for providing pictures of the semi trucks on fire. **

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi trucks on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi trucks on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

Several semi trucks have crashed along westbound Interstate 40 near the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, just east of Five Mile Road, in Needles, California.

The crash and fire started at around 1:11pm PT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.

According to California Highway Patrol, at least 3 semi trucks are involved in the crash with a semi truck in the center divider and at least 2 semi truck fully engulfed in flames.

Multiple fire department agencies from around the Colorado River Tri-States area responded to battling the fire, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, Desert Hills Fire District, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department.

The 2 semi trucks were carrying tire shavings and clothing, and because of the fire, prompted the need for a hazmat team to respond.

Firefighters were still in a “defensive attack mode”, fighting the fire and its dark, toxic smoke from a distance.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

Heavy traffic reported and traffic in both directions along Interstate 40 are closed from Five Mile Road to Park Moabi Road.

Motorists are being asked to use old Route 66 to County Route 1 in Topock, Arizona to Courtwright Road to Mohave Valley Highway in Mohave Valley, Arizona, over the Needles Bridge onto North K Street to Needles Highway to Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

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

**** Special thanks to Timothy Terral from Needles, California for helping ZachNews get to this breaking news story. ****

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Abandoned residential structure fire on La Mesa Way.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Abandoned residential structure fire on La Mesa Way.

An abandoned residential structure is on fire on the 400 block of La Mesa Way near Acoma Street in Needles, California.

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The fire started at the abandoned residential structure at around 1:30pm PT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

San Bernardino Country Fire Department along with Mohave Valley Fire Department and Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department is on scene battling the fire at the abandoned residential structure.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, San Bernardino ME32, Mohave Valley E811, Division 805, Fort Mojave E911, E921, Bat 9, Rehab 817 were on scene for this fire, and Bullhead City E 751 moved up to Fort Mohave, Arizona for district coverage.

ZachNews has learned that a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was down the street when he saw the thick black smoke.

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy rushed to the scene, went inside to check if anybody was inside the building, and from what he could see, nobody was inside.

La Mesa Way as well as Acoma Street from D Street to C Street and D Street from Acoma Street to Downey Street is closed.

Cause of the fire at the abandoned residential structure is under investigation and investigators are on scene.

These are pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the abandoned residential structure on Friday, June 16th, 2017 before the fire.

These pictures were submitted to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and to Needles Code Enforcement about the property and the trash that littered the area.

Residents have seen not only illegal dumping going on, by also squatters inside the building for years.

ZachNews has learned that the property was in the process of being cleaned up as early as Friday, August 18th, 2017.

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

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News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

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No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

**** As of 11:00am PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 10:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

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The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

**** As of 4:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

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Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

**** As of 3:22pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

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The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

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The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

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Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

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Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

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**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****

​Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Brush fire burning near the Colorado River.

Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Brush fire burning near the Colorado River.

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

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The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Flames were seen from across the Colorado River where boaters watch the flames and smoke.

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The dark smoke can be seen from Needles, California.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 100 acres, no structures or neighborhoods threatened.

At this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

Brush fire has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the brush fire area overnight.

The cause of the brush fire is unknown.

The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

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

** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. **

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Residential structure fire on the 2000 block of Rio Vista.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Residential structure fire on the 2000 block of Rio Vista.

A residential structure fire is happening on the 2000 block of Rio Vista, just west of Coronado Street, in Needles, California.

The fire was reported before 3:00pm PT on Monday, July 3rd, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed to the scene and captured on camera the residential structure fire on Facebook Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department is on scene and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has Rio Vista and Coronado Street closed.

A white house with a blue roof is totally on fire and fire damage to a boat in the driveway as well as fire damage to the next door house.

Loud popping sounds were heard outside sending people watching the house fire moving back.

Unknown if anybody was inside at the moment the fire started and unknown what caused the fire.

At this moment, no reports on anybody being injured in the house fire.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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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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