Sunday, August 28, 2016

2 killed, 6 injured in a fatal rollover crash in Blaine, MN involving Beartown Wildland Firefighters




Photo courtesy of KARE-TV 11

By Mallory Anderson

Posted: Sat 8:43 PM, Aug 27, 2016 |
Updated: Sun 1:32 PM, Aug 28, 2016

BLAINE, Minn. (WLUC) - UPDATE: 11:43 p.m. 8/27/2016

TV6 has confirmed Beartown Firefighters of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community were involved a fatal crash in Blaine, Minnesota on Saturday.

Police say two people were killed and several others were seriously injured in the crash. The accident involved a vehicle with nine occupants, and happened on Interstate 35W at 95th Avenue around 3 p.m. CST.

MnDOT reports the truck was Southbound on 35W near 95th Ave, and left the roadway for an unknown reason. The truck then struck the median cable barriers, and rolled over. According to MnDOT, that section of the freeway was closed in both directions until 7:30 p.m. CST. Based on the evidence collected thus far, the driver was either drunk and/or speeding.  No other vehicle was involved.

According to MnDOT, Michael A. Johnson (29) of Baraga was the driver, and Dave R. Varline (26) of Baraga, Robert A. Shawa of L'Anse, Ross J. Jaukkuri (33) of Baraga, Gavin C. Loonsfoot (34) of Baraga, Tyler J. Tolonen (26) of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Joseph Jossens of Michigan, and Shashaywin D. Sandman Shelifoe (29), of Minnesota, were all passengers in the vehicle. Physical conditions of each person involved is unknown at this time.


According to Minnesota State Police, all injured firefighters are expected to recover.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has release a statement Saturday night regarding the fatal accident of Beartown Firefighters in Blaine, Minnesota.

"The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community learned this evening that our Beartown Firefighting crew was involved in a tragic traffic accident. Two of our fire fighters were killed and several others were severely injured. Our hearts are broken and our prayers are with the family members and those injured.

We are continuing to gather information on the condition of each and every fire fighter who was sent to the Box Canyon fire. It has been difficult due to privacy laws. If any family members have questions, please contact the Tribal Police Department 353-6626.

There will also be staff at the Tribal Center to process Emergency Medical Travel beginning tonight. Family needing assistance should contact Larry Denomie at 201-0631.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families."

An official from the KBIC has told TV6 many of the victims involved in the accident come from low income families. The KBIC has already begun planning a fundraiser to benefit the families affected by this accident. A spaghetti dinner and 50/50 raffle fundraiser will be held at the L’Anse VFW, Monday August 29th at 5:30 p.m.

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The Star Tribune, a newspaper out of Minneapolis, reports Warren “Chris” Swartz, president of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, confirmed there has been a fatal crash involving one of their vehicles in Blaine, Minnesota.

Police say two people were killed and several others were seriously injured in a crash in Blaine Saturday afternoon. The crash involved a vehicle with nine occupants, and happened on Interstate 35W at 95th Avenue around 3 p.m. CST.

According to the Star Tribune, photos on social media show a vehicle with logos similar to those of the Beartown Firefighters. Beartown Firefighters is a firefighting crew based out of Baraga and is managed by the KBIC and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Officials from the KBIC have confirmed to TV6 that the crew was on their way to a wildfire in Utah.

An official from the KBIC has told TV6 many of the victims involved in the accident come from low income families. The KBIC has already begun planning a fundraiser to benefit the families affected by this accident. A spaghetti dinner and 5/50 raffle fundraiser will be held at the L’Anse VFW, Monday August 29th at 5:30 p.m.

This is a developing story, and TV6 will have more information as it becomes available.



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2 WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS KILLED, 6 INJURED IN FIRE APPARATUS CRASH-MINNESOTA LODD

Billy August 27, 2016

We regret to pass on to you that two Firefighters traveling in a Michigan-based fire vehicle were killed in the Line of Duty, and others were injured, following a crash this evening on Interstate 35W in Blaine, MN-while enroute to a fire in Utah. The fire transport vehicle contained 8 Firefighters.




Initial reports are that the truck belonged to the Beartown Firefighters, a crew located on the south shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that specializes in fighting wildfires.


The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs manages this Type 2 Wildland Firefighting handcrew. The Firefighters are based out of Baraga, MI. and are available for dispatch locally as well as nation-wide.


It is jointly managed by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).


The Firefighters were on their way to the Box Canyon wildfire in Utah. Our condolences to all those affected. More to follow. RIP.



Fatal Crash Closes I-35W Southbound in Blaine


August 27, 2016 05:23 PM

A vehicle crash on Interstate 35W near 95th Avenue in Blaine is causing traffic to be diverted both northbound and southbound.

Officials have confirmed that at least one person is dead. Several others were injured in the crash, according to investigators.

Lettering on a truck involved in the crash says Beartown Fire Department. There is a Beartown Fire Department located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.








Interstate 35W crash near 95th Avenue in Blaine Aug. 27, 2016.







A sulfur tank exploded at Tesoro, the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire







Streets near the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Carson were closed Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, due to a sulfur-tank explosion at the site. The sheriff's department recommended that people within a quarter-mile stay indoors but no evacuations were ordered. Courtesy of NBC4










Tesoro refinery tank in Wilmington explodes; none injured
by KPCC staff & wires August 26 2016


A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred at about 1 p.m.

"We are currently conducting air quality monitoring around the site," company spokesman Destin Singleton said. "At this time we have not detected any harmful levels of toxins." General location of the Tesoro refinery located in both Wilmington and Carson. Google Maps

Everyone at the scene near the 23200 block of South Alameda Street was accounted for, Singleton said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent in a hazardous materials team.

No evacuations were ordered but the Sheriff's Department urged people within a quarter-mile of the scene to stay indoors, and Alameda Street was closed between 223rd Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.


The Tesoro refinery, far left, is seen in Carson, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. A sulfur tank exploded Friday at the largest oil refinery in California, sending a chemical cloud into the air and causing a fire, authorities said. Damian Dovarganes/AP

The 930-acre refinery near the Port of Long Beach is located in both Wilmington and Carson. It is the largest refinery on the West Coast and produces gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other fuels, according to Tesoro.

An Associated Press report was used in this story.





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Rupture in Sulfur Tank Prompts Shelter-in-Place Order Around Tesoro Refinery
Posted 2:47 PM, August 26, 2016, by Melissa Pamer and Christina Pascucci, Updated at 10:11pm, August 26, 2016


A shelter-in-place order was lifted in the area around the Tesoro refinery in the Carson and Wilmington area Friday evening hours after a sulfur tank ruptured and created a plume that towered above the facility.


A "rupture" occurred at the Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery on Aug. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the refinery — near Alameda and East 223rd streets — about 1:20 p.m.

A "rupture" occurred about 1 p.m. at a sulfur tank in the Wilmington portion of the refinery, a Tesoro Corp. spokesman said in a statement. A small fire at the tank site was quickly extinguished.

Debris was scattered on the ground around the tank, which appeared heavily damaged, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

"An emergency response team at the refinery is responding to the situation," the statement read. "At this time we have not detected any harmful levels of toxins."

Responders were working to stop a "steam plume" rising from the tank, the company said. Air quality was being monitored.


A plume rises above the Tesoro refinery after a breach in a sulfur tank there on Aug. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

All personnel near the explosion have been accounted for and no injuries were reported, according to the statement.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a shelter-in-place order for a quarter-mile radius around the refinery. Only four businesses in the largely industrial area were affected by the order, the company said.

No evacuations were requested, Tesoro said.


A "rupture" occurred at the Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery on Aug. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Alameda Street was temporarily closed from 223rd Street to East Sepulveda Boulevard, and people were urged to avoid the area. The road was reopened around 7 p.m.

The facility's own fire department is the primary responding agency, county fire Inspector Richard Licon said.

The Tesoro Los Angeles Refinery has addresses at 2350 E. 223rd St. in Carson and 2101 East Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. The facility spans Carson and the northern reaches of the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The cause of the incident was under investigation, Tesoro said.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Matt Phillips contributed to this article.

Worker killed after scaffolding collapses on top of him at the Nu Beauty Supplies warehouse in Edison, New Jersey








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Eyewitness News
Saturday, August 27, 2016 09:29PM
EDISON, New Jersey (WABC) -- One person has died after scaffolding collapsed at a warehouse in New Jersey.

Employees at the 'Nu Beauty Supplies' warehouse in Edison were taking down the scaffolding on Sunday afternoon just after 4 p.m.,. when it crashed on top of a worker. The worker was then pronounced dead at the hospital.

The name of the worker is being withheld pending family notification in Guatemala.

OSHA is investigating the collapse, along with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Dhow is for dummies: Indian cargo dhow loaded with cars sank off Oman coast



Aug. 28, 2016 at 01:53 by Mikhail Voytenko


An Indian cargo dhow, with 11 crew members on board, sunk off the coast of Jalan Bani Bu Ali province, Oman, in the morning Aug 27. All crew members were rescued by Omani fishermen. 


Dhow was on its way from Sharjah, UAE, to Al Mukalla port, Yemen, and was carrying 69 vehicles, food stuff, tyres and engine oils. Dhow developed heavy list and understood to capsize and sink, due to cargo shift. 

Vessel is not listed in international databases, it’s a regional cargo dhow, engaged in coastal trade. 


Dhow (Arabic داو dāw) is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region.

SPEED KILLS: 2 men died after their 44-foot speed boat became airborne, rolled in the air, hit the water and flipped upside down near Sunrise Beach in MO



Two men from Louisiana killed in Lake of the Ozarks speed boat crash



By Sara Forhetz, Drew Douglas |
Posted: Sat 6:58 AM, Aug 27, 2016 |
Updated: Sat 7:52 PM, Aug 27, 2016


SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. Searchers have found the bodies of two men from Louisiana killed in a boat crash on the Lake of the Ozarks.



The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the men died after their 44-foot speed boat became airborne, rolled in the air, hit the water and flipped upside down near Sunrise Beach. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. Friday near mile marker 10.3.

Witnesses nearby rushed to the crash to begin the search, State Troopers arrived about 13 minutes later, searching for the 2 missing boaters until sundown.

Dive teams and sonar crews resumed a search for the men's bodies Saturday morning, and concluded the search at about noon.

The Patrol identifies the men as 40-year-old Bradley Dunphy of Lafayette, Louisiana, and 49-year-old Richard Prince of Metaire, Louisiana.

The patrol says Prince was driving the boat, which was pulled from the lake late Friday.

The men were believed to be visiting the area for the boat race this weekend, although there was no organized races at the time of the crash.

The Patrol reports at least one other person was injured in a crash during the boat race competition. Those injures are not believed to be life threatening.