Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Hanoi Workshop Blaze Leaves Seven Confirmed Dead

At least seven people were killed in Hanoi on Friday (Apr 12) after a deadly fire engulfed several manufacturing workshops and warehouses, state media reported. The overnight fire engulfed small plants making recycling bins and silica gel sachets as well…

Fire at Bangkok’s Central World Complex Shopping Mall Leaves at Least Two Dead and a Further 16 Injured

At least two people died and 16 were injured when a fire broke out at Bangkok’s biggest shopping centre, forcing some people to jump from the burning building, last Wednesday. The Central World Complex, which includes a shopping mall, offices,…

South Korea Declares National Disaster as Winds Fan Giant Wildfire

A massive wildfire swept across South Korea on Friday 5 April, leading authorities to declare a rare national disaster and the  deployment of  900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. The blaze broke…

Chiang Mai Firefighters Continued Efforts to Extinguish Air Polluting Forest Fires

An article by Pichayada Promchertchoo of CNA captures one of the hardest firefighting jobs in the world. In the forests of Samoeng, Thailand, for nearly two months, the firefighters have been on the front line of the ongoing battle against…

Climate change is now a key strategic issue for Boards

Natural event risks are normally handled by management. These are the usual short-term incidents like fire, flood and storm, most of the time well within the normal run of the mill events that take up two minutes in the nightly…

New Zealand Bridge Washed Away During a Severe Storm

The Waiho bridge over a river in New Zealand’s South Island has been washed away in a severe rainstorm, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency. The storm battered the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, forcing…

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Bangladesh High-Rise Fire

The death toll has reached 26 from last Thursday’s high-rise fire in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Many of the deaths occurred from workers leaping to their death from the 22-floor building or trapped inside the building. Dhaka police chief…

The Global Fire Industry Mourns the Loss of Peter North AM

Mike Dureau, Deputy Chairman of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering Limited at the University of Sydney has issued the following statement; “It is with profound sadness that I advise of the passing of Peter North AM, FTSE, HonFIEAust.  Peter…

Two Die and Many More Trapped in the Tourist Resort of Lombok, Bali

About 30 tourists have been evacuated from a waterfall site hit by landslides on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people have died, authorities say. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, just hours after…

Two MTR Trains Collide in Hong Kong Causing Commuter Chaos

During signalling tests, the two empty trains collided between the stations of Central and Admiralty on Hong Kong island. This would be one of the busiest lines on the network. Both drivers have been taken to hospital with unspecified injuries. “The…

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Issue Advice on What to do Before, During and After an Earthquake

The risk of Earthquakes remains ever present in Japan and the continuous public education for residents ensures a good level of preparedness. Visitors are provided with access to comprehensive guides written in English and the Tokyo Government are keen that…

Illegal Dumping of Chemical Waste Leaves 21 Students in Hospital

Johor Bahru in Southern Malaysia, near the Singapore border, was the site of an incident where twenty-one students were hospitalized last Friday after breathing in methane fumes from chemical waste that had been illegally dumped into the Kim Kim river near the…

Fire Guts Historic Section of Bangladesh’s Capital City, Killing 81 People

The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic efforts by firefighters. A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 81 people.…

Six Die in Malaysian Entertainment Complex Fire

At least six people were killed after a fire broke out at an entertainment centre in the Malaysian city of Ipoh on Wednesday morning (Feb 20). The Perak Fire-Rescue Department said the victims were four men and two women, all believed…

Fire in Budget Delhi Hotel Kills 17

On 12th February a fire engulfed the top floor of the Hotel Arpit Palace 17 people have been confirmed killed and many were also taken to hospital. The fire broke out at the hotel in a congested part of central…

Fire in Singapore’s Carlton Hotel Caused by Sub-Station Fire

Energy provider SP Group said preliminary findings indicate that there was equipment failure at a substation serving the Carlton Hotel. This, in turn, caused an electricity flashover which resulted in the fire. Electricity supply to some areas in central Singapore was…

Townsville Floods Get More Dangerous by the Hour

ABC News reports that the floods in northern Queensland have not reached their peak with more monsoon-like storms still to come. Up to 20,000 homes could be flooded in the coming days if the rain continues to fall in north…

Cladding Responsible for Fire Spread in Melbourne High Rise Fire?

This morning (4th February 2019) firefighters in Melbourne Australia have worked tirelessly to bring a high-rise fire under control. The fire, in a building within the central business district on Spencer Street, Melbourne, started on the 16th floor of the building. Eyewitnesses describe…

Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

Asia Pacific Fire Congratulates to the 29 members of the Australian fire service on being awarded the AFSM in this year’s Australian day honours. Below is an extract of the citation.   The Australian Fire service medal was established on…

In Australia, Tasmania Faces Continuous Fire Across the State

While the north of Australia is being flooded the Southern Island of Tasmania is raked with numerous fires across the state. As of 28 January, six emergency warnings are still in place for towns in the way of fires and…

Afghanistan Gold Mine Disaster Kills 40

At least 40 workers died, and ten others were injured when a gold mine caved in the Northern Badakhshan province on Sunday. Badakhshan is prone to landslides, particularly in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province. Villagers dug…

Another Rebirth as Cyclone Penny Looks Set to Make it’s Third Visit

Cyclone Penny is currently sitting off the northeast coast of Australia near Cooktown as a tropical low but, could reform into a cyclone as it approaches land. This will be the third time the storm has reformed as it crosses…

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