Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

5,300 + acres burned Hawaii blaze

A wildfire last Friday on Maui has burned more than 5,300 acres and is now about 80% contained, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Rain associated with Tropical Storm Erick helped prevent the spread of flames. Firefighters were working to…

Two locals killed and foreign athletes among injured in South Korea balcony collapse

An upper floor of a nightclub collapsed on top of dancing revelers in South Korea, killing two South Koreans and injuring several foreign water polo athletes competing at the World Aquatics Championships. South Korean news agency Yonhap said authorities had…

Sisters killed in Malaysia fire while parents were out delivering food to firefighters

CNA Reports, that two sisters died in a pre-dawn fire on Sunday (Jul 14) when their parents were out delivering food to firefighters who were battling a separate blaze.  Nur Salsabila Mohd Fakrul Khair, 16, and her sister Nur Ain Sumayyah, 13, were alone…

Firefighters rescue a turtle stuck in Malaysia rubbish trap

The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department on Tuesday (Jul 16) rescued a 150kg turtle from a rubbish trap in the coastal city of Port Dickson. The sea creature had become stuck in a trap at the Tuanku Jaafar Power Station.…

Fire last Thursday in a Japanese animation studio kills 33, arson is suspected

Last Thursday, dozens were injured and 33 killed when a suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan man reportedly doused the building with a flammable liquid and shouted, “drop dead.” or “die” The fire gutted the three-storey building in…

Are you looking after your mental health?

It’s easy to recognise and understand physical health problems when it’s for example a broken leg, food poisoning, or cancer. It’s easy to assist someone when there are physical symptoms to deal with. Unlike physical problems, which we have been…

At least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a makeshift match factory

Two people have been identified as suspects by authorities investigating a deadly fire at an Indonesian lighter factory near the North Sumatra’s capital Medan. The fire killed 30 people last Friday, including several children, a police chief said Saturday. The…

At least 19 students die in India fire

INDIA , AFP reports that at least 19 students – most of them female – died on Friday (May 24) in a fire at an Indian building housing a college, in the Sarthana area of Surat, officials said, as images…

As Cyclone Fani hits land with winds gusting up to 205 kph India evacuates 1.2 million people

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-03/india-mass-evacuation-ahead-of-cyclone/11076520 Tropical Cyclone Fani has barrelled into eastern India, killing at least nine people. The storm has reportedly killed at least eight people in India and one person in Bangladesh — some hit by flying trees and lumps of concrete…

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.…

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