Kat Von D Loses House and Cat
Kat Von D Loses House & Cat in Fire
By Mariela Rosario | 11/22/2010 - 19:00

Poor Kat Von D! The lovely tattoo artist just lost a ton of her possessions, including her beloved hairless cat Valentine, when a fire ripped through her house over the weekend.

Kat tweeted the news that she had lost her cat yesterday, "R.I.P. my little Valentine." Today she explained what happened, "My house burned down last night with my cat inside. Finally get to sleep away the remainder of today. Hope tomorrow is gentler." She also posted a pic of herself standing amidst the charred remains of her house.

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Puerto Rico Refinery Fire Caused by Fuel Monitor Failure
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2009 - 13:37

The team investigating the devastating explosions that hit the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.’s Bayamon refinery and fuel storage complex near the capital city of San Juan has declared the incident an accident. Jeff Wanko, head of the investigation team sent by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, told a press conference that the fire was caused by the failure of the fuel monitoring system. The night of the fire, oil in one of the 40 tanks at the refinery overflowed, allowing the fire to spread quickly throughout the facility.

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Video: Fire Rips Through São Paulo Favela
By Mariela Rosario | 10/13/2009 - 16:22

200 families are homeless after a massive fire ripped through one of São Paulo's largest favelas (shanty towns). Nearly the entire district of the Diogo Pires was engulfed by the flames as the fire raged on for more than three hours. The fire spread very quickly through the slum, where most of the houses are constructed of cardboard and wood.

Gilberto Kassab, the mayor of the Brazil's second largest city, assured the residents that temporary housing would be provided. About 1,500 hundred people lived in the favela, most of them children.

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Deadly Fire Breaks Out at Mexican Day-Care Center
By Mariela Rosario | 06/08/2009 - 12:15

A deadly fire ripped through a day-care center in the northwestern state of Sonora, Mexico, killing at least 38 children. 

President Felipe Calderón, himself the father of two young children, promptly ordered a government investigation and gave an emotional speech on Saturday in which he offered his prayers for the parents of the deceased children. “I want to express, in the name of the federal government, of all Mexicans and of me personally, our condolences to the mothers and fathers for this tragic accident,” he said.

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