Dozens of people are trapped inside the Gatlinburg Park Vista Hilton Hotel as smoke and flames from a wildfire lick the building (center). Thousands of tourists and residents have fled the Great Smoky Mountains while the fires rip through Eastern Tennessee. Locals report cars bursting into flames, the sky brown with smoke and flames closing in on homes around the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on Monday. Motorists clogged the roads after the Gatlinburg Fire Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of the town at just after 6pm, as strong wind conditions fanned the flames making the fire increasingly unpredictable and dangerous.
A family in Robstown, just west of Corpus Christi, lost their homes to a fire just as Harvey was hitting the area.
Natali Rojas told CNN affiliate KRIS. “As you can see, this statue is the only thing that survived. I dug in there for things and all I found is a Virgin Mary.”
Oklahoma News 4 reported:
It wasn’t just wind and rain that caused damage when Hurricane Harvey blasted through the Texas coast. Fires did its share too.
A family in Robstown, just west of Corpus Christi, lost their homes to a fire just as Harvey was hitting the area. The Rojas family had evacuated their three houses on property they own. They returned to a distressing sight: all three houses destroyed by fire.
But they also found something in the ashes that they say gave them hope — an intact statue of the Virgin Mary.
“Some may blame God and some may blame the hurricane but the only thing standing were holy things,” Natali Rojas told CNN affiliate KRIS. “As you can see, this statue is the only thing that survived. I dug in there for things and all I found is a Virgin Mary.”
The family said the Robstown Fire Department battled the flames even as the hurricane raged.
IMPOTENCY BEHIND COUPLE’S ARSON SPREE IN VIRGINIA: EX-FIREFIGHTER TORCHED 67 BUILDINGS TO PLEASE GIRLFRIEND
- ‘The moment I fell in love with her, my d–k stopped working,’ Smith later told cops
- ‘I want you to set that house on fire,’ Bundick told her boyfriend abruptly one November night in 2012, as the two were driving in their car, Hesse writes
- The couple was convicted of torching 67 buildings
( Daily Mail ) The stunning sexual motivation behind a massive arson spree that rocked a rural community has been revealed.
The dark secret behind Charles Robert Smith III and girlfriend Tonya Susan Bundick’s 2012 arson rampage across Accomack County, Virginia was revealed last month in a new book by Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse.
In American Fire, Hesse traces the investigation that kept a community on edge, with firefighters sleeping in the station instead of going home, and police staking out abandoned buildings as blazes sprang up nearly every night.
At the end of the Smith and Bundick’s rampage, the couple was convicted of torching 67 buildings, but the question has always remained: why did they do it?
Smith, a former captain of the Tasley Volunteer Fire Department, was an auto mechanic with a history of drug troubles.
He met Bundick at Shucker’s Roadhouse, about the only nightlife option in the community on the Delmarva Peninsula jutting between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
Money was tight for the couple, as Bundick tried to open a boutique clothing shop and Smith opened an auto body shop.
‘They were broke, they were isolated from their families,’ Hesse writes. ‘They were low on work, and they were going to the Food Lion and they were eating garbage.”
But the trigger for the crime was a frustration of a more personal nature.
‘The moment I fell in love with her, my d–k stopped working,’ Smith later told cops.
The arson spree started out as a twisted attempt to satisfy his girlfriend, Smith later confessed.
‘I want you to set that house on fire,’ Bundick told her boyfriend abruptly one November night in 2012, as the two were driving in their car, Hesse writes.
Smith agreed, got out of the car and came back saying he’d done it, although he hadn’t actually gone through with setting the blaze.
But Bundick, seemingly excited by the idea of the fire, went back to check and found Smith hadn’t set the fire.
‘Never send a man to do a woman’s job,’ she said, according to Hesse.
The went back together and burned the house down together, launching a 142-day arson spree that terrorized the county.
- Grenfell Tower cladding, or exterior insulation, added in 2015 to comply with “green energy” requirements, allowed the fire to quickly engulf the building.
- Grenfell Tower installed a cheaper cladding made of “powder-coated aluminium panels that are usually filled with plastic insulation, which is flammable,”
From Daily Caller:
It’s unknown what sparked the Grenfell Tower fire Monday, but the exterior cladding, or exterior insulation, added in 2015 to comply with “green energy” requirements, allowed the fire to quickly engulf the building.
…The company operating Grenfell installed cladding in 2015 as part of a $12 million retrofit. The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization, which owns the building, installed a cheaper cladding made of “powder-coated aluminium panels that are usually filled with plastic insulation, which is flammable,” The Guardian reported.
…. Experts say that flames were able to engulf Grenfell Tower so quickly because a space between the cladding and the building created a chimney effect through which the fire rapidly spread upwards.
“I have never seen a fire that has engulfed an entire building like this in a career of more than 30 years,” Matt Wrack, who heads the Fire Brigades Union, told The Telegraph.
“It could be that this is the quest for sustainability trumping other concerns,” echoed Dr. Jim Glockling of the Fire Protection Association.
…The building owners planned on putting in fire barriers on each floor, but it’s not clear if they ever did, The Guardian reported.
Glockling told The Guardian that his own tests on the cladding found if the barriers had any breaches, by a pipe or other object, “a chimney effect may quickly develop that will cause the very rapid consumption of the insulation and expansion of the damage area.”
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GIANT TRUMP SIGN IN TEXAS TORCHED BY INTOLERANT LEFT-WING VANDALS, HOMEOWNER AND ARTIST SCOTT LOBAIDO GOT A CALL FROM DONALD TRUMP AND PROMISED TO BUILD A BIGGER SIGN…LEFT-WING NUTS :(
Another deranged anti-Trump left-wing vandals in Texas climb a fence and burned a giant Trump ‘T’ sign painted with American flag colors. Homeowner and artist Scott LoBaido called the act a hate crime. They also got a call from Trump today and promised the next Trump sign will be bigger, “It will be HUGE!”
The emotionally unstable intolerant left protest violently, burn flags, vandalize and put lives in danger and yet they claim to be the peace loving citizens of this country. Pathetic.
‘PRO-HILLARY THUGS’ SET ON FIRE A 12-FOOT TRUMP ‘T’ ON HIS LAWN WHICH WAS PAINTED IN AMERICAN FLAG COLORS, REPORTS TRUMP SUPPORTER SAM PIROZZOLO…LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER!
A Donald Trump fan who built a giant ‘T’ in his front yard in support of the Republican nominee says the people who set fire to it overnight should be charged with a hate crime.
Sam Pirozzolo, from Staten Island, New York, blamed ‘pro-Hillary thugs’ for torching his 12-foot high tribute to The Donald, which was painted in the colors of the American flag.
‘Pro Hillary Clinton thugs use gasoline to set fire to big Trump T on my lawn,’ Pirozzolo wrote on Facebook, while sharing an image of the sign on fire.