Kids Burn Their Books, Accidentally Knock Out Power to 135,000 Homes

Kids celebrating the last day of school in England this week accidentally (or maybe deliberately?) caused 135,ooo homes and businesses to lose power when they participated in a book-burning ritual. What the children didn’t expect was for the fire to travel to power lines and cut electricity to large areas of Essex and… » 7/24/15 5:30pm 7/24/15 5:30pm

Love Triangle Involving Cousin Leads to Very Redneck Arson

A news reporter speaking to the victim of a fire got an amazing scoop when he asked the woman, whose garage was set ablaze, if she had any idea about who committed the arson and why. “I don’t want to mention no names,” the woman said before revealing that it was her cousin who did it. But the reason why? That needs to… » 7/24/15 10:33am 7/24/15 10:33am

Man Sets House on Fire While Trying to Boil His Dildos Clean

Here's a cautionary tale for your Tuesday: Be very careful when cleaning your marital aids, you may just set your entire house (and the internet) on fire and then everyone will remember you as "the dude who burned down a house cleaning objects he pushed up his butt." And that kind of title is going to stick with you.… » 1/06/15 4:45pm 1/06/15 4:45pm

Bored Teens Are Literally Just Setting Themselves on Fire for Fun

What won't teens do for a bit of excitement? If they're not overdosing on Jenkem or bubbling their way to a fever bordering on frenzy while at an after-school rainbow party, they're setting fire to themselves for the world to see. Way to go, teens of the world! We salute you! (Actually, we're quite concerned. Could… » 7/30/14 7:15pm 7/30/14 7:15pm

Pit Bulls Get Good PR After Pit Bull Saves Woman from House Fire

Pit bulls don’t have the greatest reputation (Ontario, Canada, for instance, has a ban on pit bulls and pit bull-esque dogs), so they need all the good PR they can get. The new pit bull PR person seems to be doing a pretty good job of rehabilitating pit bulls’ image, too — he/she has gotten the word out that a pit… » 5/05/13 12:30pm 5/05/13 12:30pm

Heather Graham’s Sensual Saturday Bubble Bath Interrupted by a Raging Candle Fire

New York firefighters, i.e. Drunk Tommy Gavin, Mustachioed Lou, and Cologned Franco driving a stolen pickup truck and armed to the teeth with Super Soakers, needed 45-whole minutes Saturday night to put out a fire in Heather Graham's Union Square apartment. It was a very harrowing experience for everyone, not least of… » 1/13/13 5:30pm 1/13/13 5:30pm

Try Not to Light Yourself on Fire This Halloween

If not for all the poison candy (that's not actually a thing, btw) and lazy, "I'm-a-baseball-fan!" sports apparel costuming, Halloween would be the Platonic ideal of holidays. Oh, and except for all the conflagrations — U.S. fire experts estimate that, during the witching season, people are far more likely to set… » 10/21/12 6:00pm 10/21/12 6:00pm

Cat Stench at Cat Lady’s House Gets So Bad It Sets Off the Smoke Detector

It's been a bad week for cat ladies in the news. First, a woman in Israel made headlines when her husband left her after she chose her 550 cats over him, and now a woman in New Jersey has raised (or rather lowered) the bar in the sad field of cat hoarding. In what has to be a cat lady first, it appears that the stench… » 5/29/12 11:15pm 5/29/12 11:15pm

Concern Grows After Two Suspicious Fires Break Out at Georgia Women's Health Clinics

Yesterday a fire was set at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Cobb County, Georgia, that is regularly targeted by anti-abortion protesters. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but employees of the clinic told the local news that there was suspicious activity before the fire broke out: » 5/24/12 11:55pm 5/24/12 11:55pm

Woman's Shorts Burst Into Flames After She Picks Up Some Nice Rocks on the Beach

A nice walk on the beach with your family sounds so lovely doesn't it? Strolling by the sea, all of you picking up shells. Heck, maybe your kids even pick up some pretty rocks to take home. You just stick them in the pocket of your shorts and move on, distracted by a little crab or a piece of seaglass. Then an hour or… » 5/17/12 11:55pm 5/17/12 11:55pm

Now Your Chance to Live Out Dirty Dancing Is Gone Forever

A hotel in the Catskills that inspired Dirty Dancing has burned down despite the best efforts of 43 fire companies and some 300 firefighters to save a little piece of cinematic history. Though the movie was filmed mostly in North Carolina, Brown's Hotel in the city of Loch Sheldrake inspired the story of a girl… » 4/17/12 9:05pm 4/17/12 9:05pm

Your Morning Swoon: Mayor Cory Booker Races Into Burning Building to Save Woman's Life

Let it be known that hero du jour Ryan Gosling is officially on notice. He's just been upstaged in the superhero department in a major way: Last night, Newark's awesome Mayor Cory Booker ran into a burning house and saved the life of a woman trapped inside! MEGASWOON. But wait until you hear the details. It's like… » 4/13/12 9:30am 4/13/12 9:30am

Guy Must Have Spontaneously Combusted, Say Stumped Cops

A 76-year-old Irishman caught fire and died in his home last year, and officials have now ruled it a case of spontaneous human combustion. Michael Faherty was apparently found in his home after the fire alarm went off — his body and the floor and ceiling nearby were badly burned, but everything else was undamaged.… » 9/23/11 11:21am 9/23/11 11:21am

Texas Wildfires Kill Four, Destroy More Than 1000 Homes

Texas has been experiencing one of the worst wildfire outbreaks in the state's history, and now at least four people are dead and more than 1,000 people have lost their homes. Due to a long drought, more than 180 fires have broken out in the last week. Over the weekend winds from Tropical Storm Lee caused one of the… » 9/06/11 9:22pm 9/06/11 9:22pm