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Lessons Learned, Reinforced: "Smart Firefighting"
Updated 8 December 2013
Sacramento, CA Four rescued from vacant house fire.
Bournemouth, UK Squatters rescued from abandoned house fire.
North Las Vegas, NV Neighborhood overcome by fires in abandoned homes.
Lincoln, NE Fire dangers grow as homeless people seek shelter in abandoned buildings.
Spokane, WA Squatters blamed for 75% of vacant house fires.
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Houston, TX Squatters rescued from house fire.
Merced, CA Body found in abandoned house fire.
Indianapolis, IN Neighbors report several homeless people at site of vacant house fire.
Berkeley County, SC Squatters arrested for vacant house fire.
Moncton, NB Man dies in vacant house fire.
East Lake, AL Homeless man stayed in abandoned house, site of fire; neighbors had complained.
Modesto, CA Code enforcement and transient concerns after abandoned house fires.
Las Vegas, NV City plagued with squatters and vacant building fires.
South Bend, IN Squatters increase risk of abandoned building fires.
Shenandoah, PA Squatters known to use site of vacant house fire.
Dayton, OH Vacant house fire; neighbors report people coming and going from the house.
Antioch, CA Abandoned home, site of many fires, finally razed.
Las Vegas, NV Third fire in 24 hours at vacant senior center; Homeless people seen leaving building; homeless man found inside.
San Bernardino, CA Squatters to blame for two-alarm fire; breached walls to access second floor.
Montreal, QB Judge finds fire department justified in demolition of abandoned building.
Springfield, OR Homeless people known to stay in site of abandoned house fire.
Buffalo, NY Two men rescued from vacant house fire.
Sacramento, CA Five people rescued from vacant building fire.
Tulsa, OK Arrest and death in vacant building fire.
Amarillo, TX Transients a problem at apartment complex.
Syracuse, NY Two men rescued from vacant house fire.
Cumberland, MD Man charged with setting matress fire inside vacant house.
Dallas, TX Body found inside vacant house fire.
Paris, TX Number of abandoned homes increases workload for fire department.
Denver, CO Body found inside abandoned house fire.
Southbridge, MA City officials plan action on abandoned buildings.
Toronto, ON Body found in abandoned building fire.
Oakland, CA Squatters flee vacant house fire.
Orillia ON City begins tearing down abandoned buildings.
Sandusky, OH Teens charged with setting vacant house fire.
Memphis, TN Man pulled from vacant house fire.
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Newark, NJ Mayor's abandoned home called a "fire trap."
Newburgh, NY Woman rescued from abandoned house fire.
Providence, RI Man dies in vacant house fire.
Bronx, NY Three bodies found inside abandoned house fire.
Newburgh, NY Growing number of squatters breaking into abandoned homes.
Upper Marlboro, MD Maryland delegate beaten and robbed inside vacant apartment.
Chicago, IL Artistic board-ups reportedly more secure on abandonded structures.
Parkersburg, WV Vacant home demolished after fire.
Gresham, OR City struggles to deal with problems from abandoned homes.
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Jackson, MS Arson at vacant dry cleaner after squatter fight.
Schenectady, NY Neighbors demand abandoned school full of squatters be torn down.
Las Vegas, NV Vacant apartment burns; residents report squatter traffic.
Chicago, IL Squatters arrested for apartment fire; mayday called during operations.
Portland, OR Squatters escape vacant house fire.
Tacoma, WA Squatter dead in vacant house fire.
Saginaw, MI Vacant home demolished after fire.
Fresno, CA Squatter living in garage blamed for apartment fire.
Hamilton, MA City works to fight rise in vacant building fires.
Jefferson City, MO Homeless man charged with starting vacant house fire.
Indio, CA Abandoned home known for transients burns.
Troy, NY Abandoned buildings demolished.
Ilford, UK Squatters rescued from abandoned nightclub fire.
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Walnut Creek, CA Police take abandoned home from squatters.
Midland, TX Evidence of squatters at vacant building fire.
Muskegon Heights, MI City and county fight over vacant homes.
Las Vegas, NV Homeless man burned in abandoned house fire.
Memphis, TN News station helps citizens deal with abandoned home.
Harrisburg, PA City tries to deal with vacant, abandoned properties.
Dallas, TX Three-alarm fire at warehouse known for squatters.
Vicksburg, MI Four teens arrested for abandoned building fire. Three found on roof during fire.
Syracuse, NY Juveniles suspected of setting vacant house on fire.
New Castle, PA Three vacant house fires in 30 minutes.
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Etna, PA Squatter arrested for vacant duplex fire.
Las Vegas, NV Well-known squatter home torn down.
Albany, NY Squatter found inside abandoned hotel during fire.
Charleston, WV Homeless couple rescued from vacant house fire.
Houston, TX Squatters blamed for abandoned house fire.
Hilton Head, SC Property owners demand officials tear down or renovate abandoned building.
Columbus, OH Boy rescued from vacant house fire.
Detroit, MI Squatters unaccounted for after vacant house fire; known to regulary live in house.
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Jackson, MI Fire and rescue of workers in abandoned structure under demolition.
Chicago, IL One injured in vacant apartment fire.
Detroit, MI City selling seven vacant firehouses.
Prince George's County, MD Officials begin demolishing abandoned structures.
Houston, TX City targets over 30 abandoned structures for demolition.
Winchester, KY Homeless man found in abandned house fire arrested for arson.
Detroit, MI Deteriorating conditions in the city.
Walnut Hills, OH Man injured at vacant house fire.
Tulsa, OK Meth lab seen as cause of abandoned apartment building fire; one person rescued.
Springfield, OR One person injured at vacant house fire.
Lewiston, ME Third fire causes city to step up policing vacant properties.