accidents and disasters
Feb 3, 2014 — Flames tore through the facility last month. It took 10 days for searchers to look through the building, which was encased by ice after firefighters poured water on the blaze. While 27 bodies have been recovered, it's believed that five other people died there. Bone fragments will be tested.
Jan 29, 2014 — An environmental scientist from Marshall University said water samples taken from a downtown Charleston restaurant had traces of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. "It's frightening, it really is frightening," he said.
Jan 17, 2014 — Eight days after a chemical spill led authorities to warn 300,000 people not to use the water coming from their taps, the all-clear has been given. Only those in a few small towns are still being cautioned.
Jan 15, 2014 — Emergency personnel had known a Chinese teenager was lying on the ground at San Francisco International Airport near the wreckage. But as they spread foam on the area, she was covered up. Tragically, two fire trucks later ran over the girl. A coroner says those blows caused her death.
Jan 14, 2014 — Mayor Danny Jones says he's not "even sure they cared what happened to the public." Jones adds the West Virginia capital is considering taking legal action.
Jan 14, 2014 — Officials are slowly lifting the bans on water use in areas that have been affected by last week's chemical spill.
Jan 13, 2014 — A chemical spill Thursday led officials to warn customers across nine counties not to use the water coming from their taps. About 300,000 people are affected. Officials say tests of the water have been encouraging, and that they've begun a systematic restart of the system.
Jan 12, 2014 — Authorities said the numbers are moving in the right direction, but they're still days away from giving an all-clear.
Jan 11, 2014 — A chemical spill contaminated the local water supply near Charleston. Inspectors found that the company responsible for the spill had not taken any steps to contain it by the time inspectors arrived on Thursday.
Jan 10, 2014 — A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.