One month since the UK Grenfell Fire:
By Andre Damon, 17 July 2017
The disaster in Honolulu makes clear that the London fire was no aberration. All over the world, the lives of working people are treated as expendable in the pursuit of wealth and profits by the financial elite.
By Tim Rivers, 29 June 2017
An apparent electrical fire took the lives of an adult and two small children in a working-class neighborhood of Detroit Tuesday.
On-the-spot report from London:
By our reporters, 27 June 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.
By Paul Bartizan and Richard Phillips, 27 June 2017
The dangers of aluminium composite panels were known to building authorities and relevant government ministers long before the Grenfell Tower disaster.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2017
The staggering loss of life epitomises the devastation capitalism has wrought on generations of working people. It is the outcome of a vast and ongoing transfer of society’s wealth from the poor to the rich.
By Robert Stevens, 26 June 2017
Of the UK’s 4,000 tower blocks, 600 have been selected for testing, due to the use of unsafe building materials.
By our reporters, 26 June 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to some of the thousands of Camden residents, who were evacuated because their tower blocks are unsafe.
By Julie Hyland, 24 June 2017
As London mayor, Johnson forced through massive cuts in the London Fire Brigade budget despite repeated warnings that they would cost lives.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017
Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.
By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2017
With many people still to be accounted for from a building that was home to between 500 and 600 people, London’s Metropolitan Police announced that the death toll from Wednesday’s fire had reached 17.
By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017
The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.
By our reporters, 15 June 2017
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents about the fire that gutted Grenfell Tower Wednesday morning.
By Carlos Delgado, 14 June 2017
A father in his 50s and two teenage children are the latest victims of fatal house fires in the economically ravaged city.
With over 630 killed in house fires so far this year
By Steve Filips, 22 March 2017
As federal housing aid comes under the axe, poor and working Americans continue to contend with stagnant wages, climbing utility bills and substandard housing.
By Steve Filips, 21 January 2017
The terrible increase in the number of house fire deaths indicates the poor housing conditions faced by the working class.
By Shelley Connor, 13 January 2017
Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly, but the three-storey, 107-year-old home was already completely engulfed in flames.
By our reporters, 13 December 2016
WSWS reporters spoke with workers who came to see the site of the fire that killed 36.
Developers are “deliberately making properties uninhabitable”
By David Brown, 12 December 2016
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Laura Lane, the Housing Practice Director for the East Bay Community Law Center on conditions facing tenants in Oakland.
By Kate Randall, 7 December 2016
At the root of the tragedy lies the dysfunctional character of American capitalism, including a housing crisis born of poverty, social inequality and years of neglect by government authorities.
By David Brown, 6 December 2016
With at least 36 confirmed dead, the Ghost Ship fire is the deadliest in over a decade—the product of city negligence and skyrocketing rent prices driving an informal housing market.
By David Brown, 5 December 2016
The currently confirmed death toll makes this the worst building fire in the United States since 2003, when 100 people died in a night club fire in Rhode Island.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2016
At least four people have died, nearly four dozen have been injured, and many more remain unaccounted for in the fire surrounding Gatlinburg, a resort town in eastern Tennessee.
By Zaida Green, 30 November 2016
One of the most devastated communities is the tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where at least three people have been killed and 14,000 forced to flee their homes.
By Margot Miller and Dennis Moore, 30 November 2016
Labour councils have been in the forefront of demonizing the homeless.
By Steve Filips, 23 November 2016
So far this fall, 25 people have died in home fires in Texas, 25 Georgia and 21 in Pennsylvania.
By Brad Dixon, 13 August 2016
Officials believe the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
By Steve Filips, 31 March 2016
A leading cause of the tragedies is unsafe alternative heating and lighting methods resulting from utility suspensions.
By our reporters, 4 February 2016
The search for shelter in the largest city in the US, especially in the cold winter weather, has had tragic consequences.
By a WSWS reporting team, 2 February 2016
The five immigrants, at least three teenagers, were living in the basement of a house owned by the boss of the restaurant where they worked.
By Steve Filips, 14 December 2015
A spate of house fires in recent weeks has pushed total fire deaths this year to more than 2,100, a stark exposure of the social conditions facing the working class.
By John Marion, 7 December 2015
The fire moved so quickly in the overcrowded building that four people, including a pregnant woman, were unable to get out alive.
By Tyler Van Dyke and Lawrence Porter, 13 July 2015
Firefighters had to pump water from blocks away in order to contain a fire that engulfed a five-story apartment building.
By David O’Sullivan, 8 April 2015
Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the Holborn area.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015
Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015
The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.
By Daniel de Vries, 23 March 2015
The fire, which was apparently sparked by a hot plate, is the deadliest in New York City since 2007, when 10 West African immigrants died in their sub-standard Bronx home.
By Ashley Tseng, 5 March 2015
Two aboriginal children died in a house fire on a Saskatchewan reservation after the fire department in the neighbouring, off-reserve village refused to respond due to an outstanding bill.
By Evan Blake, 21 February 2015
There have been 576 fatalities from house fires so far this year, often caused by the use of unsafe heating methods to reduce costs amidst record cold weather.
By Samuel Davidson, 14 February 2015
The death toll is rising steadily as utility costs and cold temperatures force many people to use dangerous space heaters to keep warm.
By Lawrence Porter, 13 February 2015
The fire station nearest to the house was shuttered due to budget cuts.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 December 2014
Increasing numbers of working class families are forced to use unsafe electric or kerosene space heaters in an effort to save money.
By Steve Filips, 10 December 2014
The neighborhood where three residents died in a house fire on November 13 is well known for poor housing, high unemployment and poverty.
By Samuel Davidson, 28 November 2014
Between November 9 and November 22, 125 people died in home fires in the US, bringing the total for the year to more than 2,000.
By John Marion, 5 November 2014
Maine’s deadliest fire in 30 years could have been avoided.
Hundreds mourn victims in a candlelight vigil
By Samuel Davidson, 25 October 2014
Fire officials have yet to release the cause of the tragic fire that swept through an old wood-frame house in McKeesport, killing four children and two adults.
By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 20 October 2014
In the worst such tragedy in recent history, four children and two adults were killed in a fire early Saturday morning in the city of McKeesport.
By Marcus Day, 9 September 2014
A fire on Chicago’s impoverished far South Side early Monday morning left four children dead and two adults in critical condition.
By John Marion and Kate Randall, 12 July 2014
Witnesses to the early morning blaze described a terrifying scene, with people dropping young children to the street and adults jumping from windows to avoid the flames.
By Sandy English, 7 July 2014
The fire was so fast-moving that neither neighbors nor firefighters, who arrived on the scene within three minutes, were able to rescue the four victims.
By Steve Light, 17 June 2014
The tragedy is the latest in a string of house fires claiming multiple lives in urban areas scarred by poverty, cuts to city services and poor housing conditions.
Deplorable housing for workers and poor leads to tragedy
By Samuel Davidson, 7 April 2014
The tragic death of a two-year-old girl in a house fire last month exposes the deplorable housing conditions for the working class and poor in the city of McKeesport, only 12 miles south of Pittsburgh.
By Steve Filips, 19 March 2014
This winter’s bitter cold, shabby housing and benefit cuts are driving New York’s fire wave.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2014
The gas explosion in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood is just one of a growing number of deadly incidents resulting from the decades-long neglect of infrastructure.
By Gabriel Black, 14 March 2014
The gas explosion that has killed at least eight people and demolished two buildings in New York City is a product of the metropolis’ failing and antiquated infrastructure
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014
Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.
By Mike Stapleton, 17 February 2014
A father lost five children in an apartment fire in the poverty-stricken neighborhood of North Minneapolis.
By Keith Jones, 25 January 2014
Firefighters and other emergency workers have pointed to the absence of a sprinkler system in the older half of the residence as the main reason for the horrendous loss of life.
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2014
The deaths are the most recent in a series of tragedies related to the use of space heaters in cold weather.
By Eric London, 3 January 2014
Multi-billion dollar CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is likely to blame for an explosion in a working class neighborhood in Minneapolis, which killed at least one worker.
By our reporting team, 13 December 2013
Two Detroit house fires in the past week have left two children dead and other residents injured.
By our reporters, 28 October 2013
The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 September 2013
Six members of one family, including five children, were killed in a fire that swept through their trailer home early Sunday morning in Tiffin, Ohio.
By Tom Eley, 8 July 2013
A July 4 house fire resulted in the deaths of seven members of a Lancaster, Pennsylvania household.
By Samuel Davidson and Tom Eley, 18 May 2013
Water service had been shut off two weeks before a tragic Mother’s Day house fire took the lives of four children and two adults in the small town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 May 2013
An elderly couple, one of whom was disabled, died in a house fire in northeast Detroit, the latest fire-related tragedy in the city.
By Nick Barrickman, Rosa Shahnazarian and Matthew MacEgan, 29 April 2013
Two devastating house fires claimed the lives of nine people in Georgia and South Carolina last week.
By WSWS reporting team, 16 April 2013
Detroit firefighters will have a new contract imposed on them by emergency manager Kevyn Orr starting July 1.
By George Marlowe, 1 April 2013
A deadly fire in Sherrard, Illinois killed five people in a double-wide mobile home.
By K. Nesan, 13 March 2013
A fire in southern Germany on Sunday claimed the lives of eight members of a Turkish family.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 March 2013
A young couple and five small children died in a house fire in southeastern Kentucky Saturday morning.
By Adam Sagitov, 28 February 2013
A house fire claimed the lives of three children and one adult Thursday in a Washington, DC suburb.
By Lawrence Porter, 31 January 2013
Anger is growing over the death of a six-year-old boy in a Southwest Detroit house fire.
By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2013
Early Tuesday morning, a six-year-old child died in a house fire on Detroit’s southwest side. His brother, 4, was hospitalized in critical condition.
By Bryan Dyne and Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2013
The Wayne County Medical Examiner issued a report stating that the child, Akira Perkins-Williams, succumbed to smoke inhalation.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2013
The Detroit Fire Department took 21 minutes to respond to a fire because nearby stations were either closed or browned out, a result of the cuts to public services in Detroit.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2013
The past two weeks have seen a host of residential fires across the country resulting in multiple deaths, including many children.
By David Brown and Andre Damon, 7 December 2012
A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.
Firefighter says budget cuts are “killing people.”
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 21 November 2012
A fire on the west side of Detroit early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of an elderly couple in their 70s, Kyle and Theresa Bozeman.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 October 2012
Not until later reports of the tragedy were made public was it revealed that four of the five deaths were young children.
By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 3 October 2012
WSWS reporters spoke to firefighters at the premiere of Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit.
By David Brown, 27 June 2012
Democratic Party Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has announced plans to lay off 18 percent of the city’s firefighters.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for vice president
By Phyllis Scherrer, 21 April 2012
The tragic fires in Philadelphia last week, which claimed the lives of six residents and two firefighters, are an indictment of the social conditions created by the crisis and decay of American capitalism.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 April 2012
Three fires in less than a week have claimed eight lives in Philadelphia. Behind the tragedies looms a spiraling social crisis in the United States.
By Clara Weiss, 7 April 2012
At least 17 migrant workers, apparently undocumented and from Central Asian republics, died in a horrific fire in the southwest of Moscow early Tuesday morning.
By Clement Daly, 26 March 2012
A house fire in Charleston, West Virginia early Saturday morning left nine dead, including seven children.
By David Brown, 6 March 2012
A house fire Sunday night in a Detroit working class neighborhood claimed the life of an elderly woman and hospitalized her husband. WSWS reporters spoke with some of the neighbors.
By Christopher Davion and Kristina Betinis, 18 January 2012
A 32-year old woman died last week when the apartment building elevator delivered her into a blaze on the 12th floor.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 December 2011
A Columbus, Ohio family was killed in a house fire on Christmas Eve after a space heater ignited the mattress they were sleeping on.
By Lawrence Porter, 23 December 2011
A deadly fire erupted early Thursday morning in Hazel Park, Michigan, killing a retired auto worker and injuring three other people.
By Lawrence Porter, 12 December 2011
Early Friday morning a fire swept through a two-flat home on Detroit’s eastside, trapping two families with five children in a massive blaze.
By Lawrence Porter, 5 October 2011
According to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the largest increase in the number of Americans living in multi-generational households in modern history has occurred in the last three years.
By Hector Cordon, 2 May 2011
The fire appears to have been started by Tuan Dao, who perished along with his five children, after the bank foreclosed on his house and he was forced to file for bankruptcy.
By Lawrence Porter, 23 April 2011
A house fire on Detroit’s northeast side killed one child and severely injured another.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Andrea Peters, 10 March 2011
Late Tuesday evening a fire engulfed the house on a family farm in Pennsylvania, killing seven of eight children.
By Ali Ismail, 18 February 2011
Budget cutbacks were blamed for the death of one woman and the injuries of seven other residents after a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building
Poverty, space heaters and steel bars: a common deadly mix
By Lawrence Porter, 28 January 2011
An unemployed nurse died in a house fire on Detroit’s east side Thursday morning. Irene Smith Spencer, 49, was using space heaters.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2011
Early Monday morning, fire destroyed a home on the west side of Detroit where both the gas and electricity had been shut off.
By Lawrence Porter, 22 January 2011
On Thursday a fire in an abandoned Detroit home quickly spread to the occupied homes on either side, creating a total loss for the neighbors.
By Oliver Richards and Kevin Kearney, 22 January 2011
The deadly fire that broke out in an Oakland apartment involved problems faced by working people throughout the country: unemployment, poverty, utility shutoffs, home foreclosure, and the plight of immigrant workers.
By Samuel Davidson, 21 January 2011
The seven days from January 11 through January 17 have claimed the lives of over 30 people and scores of others have been left homeless by house fires.