A teenager and three children have been killed in a fire at a house in Lancashire. Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith, two-year-old Jordan Smith and 19-year-old Reece Smith died when the fire broke out at the property in Freckleton. Their mother Michelle Smith, who has five other children, was led out of the house by firefighters and wasn”t thought to have been injured. The victims’ grandfather, Keith Smith, said the tragedy was hard to comprehend.
At least 10 people are killed and 20 injured as smoke and fog cause multiple crashes on a busy Florida road near Gainesville. The Florida Highway Patrol said the pile-up, involving 12 cars and six or seven trucks, occurred shortly before 4am on Interstate 75 after smoke from a marsh fire combined with fog to reduce visibility on both the northbound and southbound lanes. In one crash, two cars and a tractor trailer caught fire and melted asphalt on the road.
Innocent victims are being shot down by snipers in Homs every day. Sniper fire and all-out fighting between government troops and the defectors of the Free Syrian Army, the FSA, is constant. More than 4000 people have died since protests broke out in Syria in March, according to the United Nations.
More than 8500 people have been forced to leave their homes in Denver, Colorado, as firefighters battle to contain a huge wildfire. The blaze has engulfed more than 1600 acres and is the second wildfire to erupt in the region in a week.