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Boy Playing With Stove Caused Bronx Fire That Killed 12

A Bronx fire that killed 12 people was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a stove, the authorities said on Friday.“It seems like a horrible, tragic accident,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC radio.The blaze, which killed four children in the five-story building at 2363 Prospect Avenue in Belmont, was the city’s deadliest in more than a quarter-century. It made December the deadliest month for fires in New York City in a decade, said Daniel A. Nigro, the city fire commissioner.The boy playing with the stove in a first-floor apartment screamed when the fire began, sending his mother rushing into the kitchen as it filled with smoke and flames, Mr. Nigro said. She ran out of the apartment with the boy and a 2-year-old child, but left the door open, allowing fire to shoot out of the kitchen and into the stairwell, Mr. Nigro said.“Fire travels up,” Mr. Nigro said. “The stairway acted like a chimney.”The passageway filled with smoke and flames, blocking some people from running downstairs and killing others who tried. When firefighters arrived, about three minutes after the first 911 calls, as many as 20 people were scurrying down the fire escape, Mr […]

Billy Bush, Kennedy Center Honors, N.F.L.: Your Monday Briefing

• Quotation of the day. “How do you think she feels? It’s a prison, how should she feel? A prison is a prison, even if it’s heaven.” Continue reading the main story — Shirin Gul, a serial killer serving a life sentence in an Afghan prison, where her daughter was born and has lived all of her 11 years. Ms. Gul is permitted to keep her daughter at the prison until she turns 18. […]

Heroes and Survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting

PhotoA person injured in the shooting was tended to at Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard on Monday.Credit Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesCarly Krygier lay on top of her daughter to shield the girl from bullets, she told CNN. They both made it out safely.Todd Blyleven got out, then went right back in.“I had two arms, I had two legs, I hadn’t been shot, I was healthy and I knew people were in danger,” he told MSNBC. […]

Clinging to Her Drowning ‘Mama,’ a Little Girl Survives the Raging Flood

PhotoThe van containing the six members of the Saldivar family who died is towed from Greens Bayou.Credit Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRead the latest on the storm with Thursday’s live updates on Harvey.HOUSTON — Shivering from hypothermia, little Jordyn Grace was clutching her mother’s unresponsive body as the floodwaters rose around her. A rescue team in a Zodiac boat, on the lookout for those in distress in Beaumont, Tex., spotted the small pink backpack the girl was wearing and pulled her and her mother aboard.“Mama was saying her prayers,” the 3-year-old, recovering on Wednesday in a Beaumont hospital, told a relative, Antionette Logan, 38.“Jordyn told me they were in the yucky water for quite a while,” Ms. Logan said. “It’s a tragedy that her mama died, but it’s a miracle that Jordyn survived.”With the death toll from Hurricane Harvey climbing to 38, those who survived the storm are just now learning the names of those who did not and the terrible ways in which they died. Some episodes are particularly haunting, like the tale of Jordyn and her mother Colette Sulcer, 41, a nurse who died on Tuesday in the flooding in Beaumont, about 100 miles from waterlogged Houston, as her daughter clung to her body.Most of the victims identified so far also drowned: Agnes Stanley, 89, who was found floating in four feet of water inside her Houston home, where she lived alone; Alexander Sung, 64, a clockmaker in South Houston, who died in his beloved store after trying to rescue merchandise; Joshua Feuerstein, 33, who the police said drove around a barricade, a fatal mistake. Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, a veteran police officer in Houston, drove into a flooded underpass on his way to the station.Then there were the deaths of Manuel Saldivar, 84, and Belia Saldivar, 81, and their four great-grandchildren: Daisy, 6; Xavier, 8; Dominic, 14; and Devy, 16, who were found in a partly submerged van in Greens Bayou.The couple’s son, Sammy Saldivar, was driving the van and managed to escape through a window, watching helplessly as it disappeared under the water. The authorities were first alerted to the van around 10 a.m. on Sunday when they heard the screams of Mr […]

A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster

I live in a compact, two-story, four-bedroom brick house in a leafy community called Bellaire which is full of medical personnel who work nearby at the Houston Medical Center and other professionals. It’s an area of lovely parks where people typically have young children and dogs, and dog walking is the social glue that keeps people talking and knowing each other […]

Kidnapped – Suzanne Ferrell

Kidnapped An Edgars Family Novel Suzanne Ferrell Genre: Suspense Publish Date: March 26, 2012 Publisher: Suzanne Ferrell Productions Seller: Suzanne Welsh Book 1 in The Edgars Family Romantic Suspense Novels A Man in Desperate Need FBI Agent Jake Carlisle is in deep trouble. While undercover he’s been shot but he’s not sure if it’s the crooks or local cops behind it. Worse, if he can’t get help fast, two lives will be lost—his and that of the young witness, a boy whom he’s sworn to protect. On the run from both the police and the Russian Mafia, he’ll do anything to save the child at his side, even something illegal. In desperation he kidnaps a nurse from a hospital parking lot. A Woman at The Edge of Despair ER nurse Samantha Edgars has been living in an emotional vacuum since the death of her daughter. Abandoned by her husband not long afterward, she struggles just to get through each day, but now all she’s wants is for the pain to stop and finally be at peace with her child. Mentally and physically exhausted following a difficult shift, she walks through the hospital’s dark parking lot lost in her own thoughts. Suddenly, she’s jolted from her stupor when she’s bound, gagged, and tossed into the back of her car.  Danger on Their Heels When they arrive at her home, she’s terrified and forced to tend a bleeding FBI agent and his injured witness. But Samantha quickly learns the rogue agent and orphaned boy need more than just her professional skills. With a menace bearing down on them, she must learn to trust Jake—and her heart—if they’re all going to survive. […]

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