Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

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…

Six Die in Malaysia Fireworks Explosion

A fire that broke out in a two-story shop/house in Malaysia on Tuesday (11th Dec.) killed six people, was caused by a fireworks explosion, according to local authorities. The shop was located in an industrial area known as Puncak Jelapang Maju in Ipoh.…

Restaurant Explosion and Fire in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Injures 42

Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the city of Sapporo. The explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday (16th Dec), police said,…

Rare Tornado Leaves Trail of Destruction in the Indonesian City of Bogor, West Java 

A tornado hit the Indonesian city of Bogor in West Java on Thursday afternoon (Dec 6), claiming one life and leaving a trail of wreckage, according to local media reports. The incident, which took place at about 3 pm local time, killed…

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake near New Caledonia Triggers Tsunami Warning

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia on Wednesday (Dec 5), triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. The quake, followed by…

One Killed, Two Injured in South Korea Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Channel News Asia has reported that a South Korean firefighting helicopter crashed into a river in Seoul on Saturday (Dec 1), killing one and injuring two others on board, rescue authorities said. The chopper was hovering over the Han River…

If 110 Fires are Not Enough, Queensland Firefighters Could See More Heat, Dry Lightning and Potential Tropical Cyclone to add to State’s Problems

This report from ABC News says Sunday will be a day of vigilance for fire-ravaged parts of Queensland, amid the threat of blazes caused by lightning and the possibility of a tropical cyclone brewing in the northern Coral Sea. Severe…

Fire and Floods brings Devastation to Australian East Coast

While Queensland firefighters fight 140 fires, many of which are threatening towns in central and northern Queensland, an east coast low is dumping record amounts of rain on central New South Wales. Fires Hundreds of firefighters are fighting fires in…

Fire Disrupts University in Fiji Capital

The University of the South Pacific in the Fiji capital of Suva suffered a serious fire within the Laucala campus communications centre. Responding Firefighters were committed to tackle the blaze but such was the intensity that much of the three-storey…

Unseasonal Conditions See Bushfires in Queensland

In a period that is usually devoid of large fires, homes in Queensland, Australia are at risk from a bushfire with a  50km forefront. A number of homes in affected areas have been evacuated displacing residents who have been moved…

Initial figures Indicate 45 Dead and Thousands Homeless as Cyclone Gaja Hits India

Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall in Nagapattinam state in Southeast India on November 16 and has claimed 45 lives across the state. Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120km/h, had barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the…

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