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Firefighters find 15 cats in burning south San Diego home, attempt to rescue kitty on roof – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Renee Schmiedeberg and Dave Summers – 2024-06-26 15:19:27

SUMMARY: Firefighters in San Diego's South Bay responded to a house fire at 2243 Conifer Ave. in the Palm City neighborhood. The fire displaced four adults, 15 cats, and one dog. A man inside the home alerted firefighters about the cats; unfortunately, some did not survive. Footage showed thick smoke and a black cat scaling the roof. The home's older, cluttered construction accelerated the fire's spread and complicated rescue efforts. Despite firefighters' attempts, it was unsafe to continue roof rescues. Nevertheless, one cat managed to escape on its own, and another was found safe between fences. The fire was ruled accidental, with significant structural damage.

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Woman arrested for arson, connected to fire at central Austin hospital

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-07-24 03:18:51

SUMMARY: A woman, identified as 44-year-old Carmel Esther Norris, was arrested for arson related to a fire at Ascension Seton Shoal Creek Medical Center in central Austin, the Austin Fire Department (AFD) reported. The incident, which occurred around 5:44 a.m., involved a fire in a patient room that was extinguished before crews arrived. An employee suffered from smoke inhalation. Norris allegedly set the fire using a smuggled lighter, causing an estimated $50,000 in damages to the hospital and $1,000 to the room. She confessed during an interview with arson investigators and was booked into Travis County Jail.

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Abraham Choukair’s brothers angered over 14-year-old brother’s murder on Hammerly Boulevard in Spring Branch

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-07-23 22:28:08

SUMMARY: The Houston Police Department is searching for a suspect in the murder of 14-year-old Abraham Choukair at an apartment complex in Spring Branch. Surveillance photos of the suspect have been released. Abraham’s brothers expressed their frustration and grief, noting that while they had chosen careers that kept them out of trouble, Abraham fell victim to violence. The family is also angered by the rising trend of juvenile homicides in Harris County, which have increased by 76% from 2021 to 2023. They commented on the heartbreaking irony that another 14-year-old was shot there last year but survived.

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Houston mayor asks for pause on leases in new apartment complex in Second Ward until contaminated ash concerns addressed

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abc13.com – Rosie Nguyen – 2024-07-23 22:18:59

SUMMARY: The Houston Housing Authority has temporarily halted leasing at Pointe at Bayou Bend in Second Ward, Houston, at Mayor John Whitmire's request following concerns over high lead levels and ash contamination. This decision came after four violations were cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Residents nearby, like Shon Jones, reported respiratory issues after construction began, fearing potential cancer risks due to toxic ash from an old incinerator site. An environmental assessment is underway, with HHA committed to achieving full compliance and ensuring safety for future residents. Community members appreciate the pause to address these concerns.

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