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Heart disease common among firefighters who die of cardiac arrest

CALIFORNIA: Most firefighters who die from cardiac arrest turn out to have narrowing of the heart arteries or structural damage in their hearts, a recent study suggests. When firefighters become suddenly incapacitated on the job, it endangers their lives. It may also put other lives at risk as they work to rescue people from burning buildings or douse flames before they spread, researchers note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Despite this obvious risk, research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture…

More than 100 large wildfires in US as new blazes erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday. More than 30,000 personnel, including firefighters from across the United States and nearly 140 from Australia and New Zealand, were battling the blazes that have consumed more than 1.6 million acres (648,000 hectares), according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. “We are…

Fire at Karachi’s furniture market guts 10 shops

KARACHI: Firefighters extinguished the fire that erupted in furniture market of Karachi's Orangi Town area after hectic efforts lasting four hours on Thursday morning. No loss of life has been reported in the incident, however the blaze caused massive loss of property after 10 shops were completely gutted. Five fire tenders took part in the firefighting operation. According to rescue sources, the fire was caused by short-circuiting which engulfed the entire market comprising over two dozen shops within minutes.…

Many firefighters dead, trapped in Tehran high-rise collapse

TEHRAN: Many firefighters were killed and others missing under the rubble after the Iranian capital's oldest high-rise building collapsed Thursday following a blaze, officials said. Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were desperately hunting for survivors in the debris of the 15-storey Plasco building, which contained a shopping centre and hundreds of clothing suppliers. There was no official confirmed death toll several hours after the collapse. The capital's mayor, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, rowed back on an…

Death toll rises to 17 in blasts at Gadani ship-breaking yard

KARACHI: At least 17 workers were killed and more than 60 injured on Tuesday after at least two blasts ripped through an oil tanker at a ship-breaking yard, trapping others inside the vessel, local officials said. Another explosion was heard on Wednesday as the firefighters struggled to put out the fire completely even today. Many workers are still trapped inside the vessel. The leader of a ship-breaking workers union said the fire had engulfed the vessel moored in Gadani, 45km (28 miles) north-west of the port…