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Office building fire kills three; injures six

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 29, 2007


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HOUSTON

Fire broke out in a six-story office building Wednesday, killing three people and injuring at least six. Many others inside climbed down to safety on ladders, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at the end of the business day. Flames shot out of the building's top floors, and heavy smoke blanketed a nearby 10-lane freeway during the evening rush hour.

Firefighters found three bodies on the building's fifth floor, District Fire Chief T.J. Dowdy said.

Three firefighters were injured, he said.

Four of the injured were taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said one was in critical condition, two in fair condition and another in good condition.

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Human leg washes ashore in Long Island

A severed human leg washed up Wednesday on the Long Island Sound estate of billionaire James Dolan and may be linked to a tattooed torso discovered inside a suitcase three weeks ago on another beach, authorities said.

Police also were investigating whether another leg bone and human foot discovered Tuesday night in Suffolk County were related to the parts, authorities said.

Dolan is the CEO of Cablevision and the chairman of Madison Square Garden.

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EPHRATA, WASH.: A woman was convicted Wednesday in the death of her 2-year-old son, who was born with drugs in his system and had been repeatedly returned to her care by child welfare officials despite broken bones, burns and other injuries. Maribel Gomez had waived her right to a jury trial.

HOUSTON

OFFICE BUILDING FIRE KILLS THREE; INJURES SIX

Fire broke out in a six-story office building Wednesday, killing three people and injuring at least six. Many others inside climbed down to safety on ladders, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at the end of the business day. Flames shot out of the building's top floors, and heavy smoke blanketed a nearby 10-lane freeway during the evening rush hour.

Firefighters found three bodies on the building's fifth floor, District Fire Chief T.J. Dowdy said.

Three firefighters were injured, he said.

Four of the injured were taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said one was in critical condition, two in fair condition and another in good condition.

[Last modified March 29, 2007, 00:46:16]


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