Marcella’s Clearance Center in Schenectady, planned for renovations, damaged in Tuesday fire; Owner responds

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SCHENECTADY — Not even three weeks after announcing plans to renovate his Crane Street appliance store, John D. Marcella is trying to figure out if the building is salvageable after a fire broke out there Tuesday morning.

The fire was called in at the 810 Crane St. building at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The initial cause is believed to be water seeping into a light fixture, Marcella said.

The century-old building serves as a clearance outlet and a warehouse for the larger headquarters of Marcella’s Appliance Center down the hill on Broadway, as well as a smaller Clifton Park retail location.

In late September, Marcella’s announced it would renovate the façade and other parts of the Crane Street building. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced it would provide a $50,000 façade grant for the project, which it said would boost the

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Chicago Fire FC vs. DC United – Football Match Report – October 11, 2020

C.J. Sapong scored in the third minute and Boris Sekulic added a goal just before the break as the Chicago Fire won their third straight home contest, 2-1 over lowly D.C. United on Sunday night.

Alvaro Medran recorded two assists and Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for the Fire (5-8-4, 19 points), who got back on track after posting one point over their previous two contests — both on the road.

United (2-10-5, 11 points), playing their first match since the sacking of longtime coach Ben Olsen, lost their fifth straight and have the fewest points in MLS. They are 0-6-2 since a 1-0 win over New York Red Bulls on Sept. 2. Nonetheless, the United played with spirit and some offensive punch in outshooting the Fire 14-7.

Down 2-0, D.C. was given life when it applied enough pressure to benefit from a Chicago own goal off the foot of

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Family of 7 loses home in fire, then contracts COVID-19

A Washington state family faced a life-altering challenge after losing their home in a fire on Sept. 7 — but the tough times weren’t over. Days later, all seven of the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

Jessica Graham told NBC News that she, her husband and their kids had left their home to visit family when they got a call from a friend who lives in the same town, Malden, Washington, saying there was a fire nearby. Graham started to monitor Facebook for updates and later learned that 60 to 70% of houses in the town were on fire, her husband, Matthew Graham, recalled to NBC News.

The couple decided to find a safe place to stay and landed on Graham’s parents’. As they arrived with their five kids, all between the ages of 5 and 10, in tow, they learned the news.

“Everything was gone. … All day, that was

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Woman arrested, accused of assault and arson after man found stabbed, mobile home on fire

The Glendale Police Department arrested a woman in connection with an aggravated assault and fire that unfolded in a Glendale trailer park about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to police.

a train on the tracks at night: The Glendale Fire Department works to extinguish the flames at a mobile home park on Oct. 1, 2020.

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The Glendale Fire Department works to extinguish the flames at a mobile home park on Oct. 1, 2020.

Police say they arrested 55-year-old Amy Ann Hill after finding a man with stab wounds and a mobile home engulfed in flames near 51st and Orangewood avenues.

The man told officers that Hill and he were living together and that she was responsible for his wounds. Officers learned the two were in a relationship, deemed it a domestic violence case and detained Hill as she walked away from the scene, according to police.

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The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious, life-threatening

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Police officers rescue man from Springfield, IL house fire

Illinois cops rushed into an 83-year-old man’s house after a car crashed into it, igniting a fire.

Dramatic video from a Springfield Police Department officer’s body camera shows him run into the home as the blaze raged Wednesday night. The officer smashed through a door that was lodged shut before carrying the coughing man outside to safety.

The fire started after a speeding car went airborne over nearby railroad tracks before crashing into the home, police say.

The police department identified the officers as Nicholas Renfro and Juan Resendez.

“Because of their selfless and heroic actions, Officers Renfro and Resendez were able to save a person’s life,” officials said in a news release.

The 29-year-old female driver of the vehicle and two teens were found near the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital for injuries not considered to be life-threatening before she was arrested and taken to jail,

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Man who survived Katrina lost home to Glass Fire

California resident Jeff Lyles is no stranger to the kind of devastation brought on by natural disasters.

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In 2005, his family was living in New Orleans, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit and saw firsthand how lives were turned upside down by the storm.

Now, 15 years later, the Lyles family lost their home in Deer Park, California to the Glass Fire, which ignited overnight Sunday. That same evening, while watching the New Orleans Saints play, Lyles had a suspicion his home fell victim to the wildfire.

“I got a notification on my phone that said our alarm system had lost radio contact with the cell tower at seven something on Sunday night,” Lyles told NBC News over Zoom Thursday. “And that’s when I sort of started to accept what I could be walking back into.”

When Lyles, 33, and his dad pulled into their

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Home repair companies, City of Phoenix help rebuild resident’s home after fire

Phoenix homeowner Mary Chavez thought a day like today would never come.

After a gas water heater fire nearly destroyed her home last year, Mary’s been without power or a ceiling over her kitchen for eight months. 

Chavez says she was relieved when total strangers stepped up to rebuild her broken home.

“I’m very thankful,” she said. “I never thought it would be this much.”

Local home repair companies teamed up with the City of Phoenix for “Building Safety Month,” coming together to give back to those in need.

“We’re rebuilding the roof structure that weak[sic] before we put the new roof down,” said Don Councilor. “We’ve got the engineering and repairs done and we had it inspected. Now, we’re just replacing bad parts

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Mother, son die in Fremont CA fire after she returns for him

Two women and a teenage girl escaped from a burning two-story California home into the early morning darkness Saturday as flames and smoke engulfed both stories.

Then one of the women, Feda Almaliti, realized her 15-year-old son, Muhammed, who had autism, was still inside, according to a release from the Fremont Fire Department.

She dashed back inside the burning home to look for him. Neither emerged.

Firefighters in Fremont, a San Francisco Bay Area community, arrived a few minutes later and found Feda and Muhammed Almaliti together in a second-floor bedroom, the release says.

“She was embracing Muhammed,” said friend Sarah Trautman, KTVU reported.

Both had life-threatening injuries and were pronounced dead at a local hospital, firefighters say.

“This is a tragic and heartbreaking incident,” Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson said in the release. “Feda Almaliti courageously risked her life to save her son’s. Her actions were selfless and valiant.”


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Fire claims collector cars and couple’s recently remodeled home

ST. HELENA — Madeline Buty and Jason Curliano had just put the final touches on their retirement home on a hill overlooking the vineyards of Napa Valley. They hung the last picture on the wall Saturday.

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Home Under Renovation Catches Fire Overnight In Denver

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Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Claims He Was Taken Out of Context in Atlantic Story on Trump Stealing Election

Lawrence Tabas insists he has no intention of disenfranchising the voters of Pennsylvania.Tabas, the state’s Republican Party chairman, said he isn’t planning a scheme where the GOP-led State Assembly – not voters – would choose Pennsylvania’s 20 electors.He hasn’t discussed such a strategy with other Republican leaders or the Trump campaign.But he understands why readers of The Atlantic might come to the conclusion that he has.Tabas was one of several sources in a 9,800-word story by Atlantic staff writer Barton Gellman published last week on the magazine’s website. The story explores potential 2020 election chaos and the possibility that President Donald Trump could cling to power by preventing “the formation of a consensus about whether there is any outcome at all.”The story says Tabas is one of at least three prominent

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