Man dies after setting fire to keep warm in Cudahy, authorities say



A man died Monday night in Cudahy after apparently starting a fire in an enclosed dumpster area in an attempt to keep warm, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind a store in the 4500 block of Santa Ana Street about 10:30 p.m. and found two dumpsters burning. They put out the flames and discovered the man’s body.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the man climbed into a walled-in and gated enclosure where dumpsters are stored and set a fire beside them to heat himself, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. He then caught fire, suffering significant burns and probable smoke inhalation, Alfred said.

The man is believed to have been homeless. His name was not immediately released.





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Andy Ball has made several updates to our map which demonstrates the immense scale of the bushfires.

The area burned in NSW and Queensland is now a staggering 2.9m hectares, which is larger than many small countries – somewhere around the size of Albania.

We also had many requests from people to add more locations for comparison, so it is now possible to reposition the map, and Andy has added a larger number of cities.

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Volcano Eruption Leaves 5 Dead, Authorities Say Some Tourists Unaccounted For : NPR


This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday.

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This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday.

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At least five people are dead after a volcanic island off the coast of New Zealand erupted Monday, local officials have confirmed.

New Zealand police say a number of people were injured and have been taken to an area hospital, but it remains too dangerous for emergency services to access the island and search for those missing.

Authorities believe fewer than 50 New Zealanders and international tourists were on or near White Island – about 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island – but the exact number of people unaccounted for is unclear.

“We are continuing to work as quickly as possible, through a number of channels of information, to confirm exact numbers of those involved, including those who remain on the island,” New Zealand Police said in a statement Monday.

The volcano erupted just after 2 p.m. local time on Monday, according to The Guardian, which reports 23 people have been rescued. It also reports:

“‘No signs of life have been seen at any point,’ police said after rescue helicopters and other aircraft had carried out a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over the island following the eruption on Monday afternoon. ‘Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation.'”

New Zealand officials continue to receive advice from scientists about when it will be safe to for first responders to resume search operations.

“Due to the current risk environment, emergency services remain unable to access the island,” the statement said. “We are reassessing as information and advice is received, however Police will not be in a position to access the island tonight.”

Reporting from Manila, Philippines, NPR’s Julie McCarthy says the White Island Volcano is New Zealand’s most active.

“The eruption sent a plume of steam and ash 12,000-feet high, and affected the entire crater floor, according to a volcanologist from the research group GNS Science,” McCarthy said.

“Questions are rising over why tourists, who come to explore White Island’s moon-like surface, were still being allowed to visit. In recent weeks, scientists reportedly noted an uptick in volcanic activity—observing substantial gas, steam, and mud bursts at the vent.”

The BBC reports tourists were walking inside the crater moments before Monday’s eruption.

One visitor, Michael Schade, posted a Twitter thread with videos and photos of a thick grayish-white plume billowing from White Island. He said he and his family had narrowly escaped the destruction.

“My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001,” Schade tweeted. “My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable.”





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