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2008-10-10 15:00:15

By Mark Reynolds JOHNSTON -- The Town Council is poised to vote on a proposal to regulate local scrap yards and auto-salvage operations, forcing them to present fire prevention plans to the fire chief and comply with other new requirements. The ordinance, on the council's agenda for Tuesday, seeks to enhance safety in the aftermath of a blaze that consumed the crushed hulks of an estimated 600 vehicles at Metals Recycling off Oakdale Avenue this past August. "I believe that it will...

2008-10-06 09:00:39

Your home should be a safe haven. But even the most safety-conscious homeowner may not have considered a risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. During the four-year period from 2002 to 2005, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that U.S. fire departments responded annually to roughly 31,400 fires started by lightning. These fires caused an estimated $213 million in direct property damage each year, based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration's National...

2008-10-01 03:00:00

By Nadile, Lisa Q&A A STAFF LIAISON for NFPA 909, Protection of Cultural Resources Properties-Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship, for less than a year, Principle Fire Protection Engineer Gregory Harrington has enthusiastically accepted the challenge of shepherding the code through its next edition. NFPA 909 and NFPA 914, Fire Protection of Historic Structures, "protect the irreplaceable," he says. Often, we look at fires from a position of the value lost in dollars and cents,...

2008-09-10 12:00:25

New York City officials urged the United Nations to suspend public tours of its landmark headquarters due to fire-safety concerns. The move comes in the wake a city fire inspection of the complex that turned up 866 code violations, the New York Post said Wednesday. It was the first such inspection since 1952. Marjorie Tiven, the city's commissioner to the United Nations, told the organization in a letter this week that the city was halting tours by New York public-school students and...

2008-07-18 00:00:20

MUMBAI: Several highrises in the city are violating fire safety norms blatantly. Even the development control (DC) rules, framed by the state government to streamline the construction of highrises, are relaxed by the BMC to such an extent that fire safety norms are often overlooked. This was revealed in a Right to Information application filed by a panel of civic activists. Developers of every highrise, defined as any multi-storey over 24 floors, are supposed to follow special fire safety...

2008-07-17 09:00:31

By William Kaempffer, New Haven Register, Conn. Jul. 17--NEW HAVEN -- The fire chief Wednesday blasted allegations by a downtown property owner that negligence by his department and other city agencies may have somehow contributed to the severity of a massive December fire as "totally outrageous, insulting, incorrect and inaccurate." The city Wednesday at a press conference disputed the claims Mid Block Development made in new court documents filed in Superior Court last week. One claim...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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