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Three Homes Burn In Oakland Hills

A brush fire broke out Friday in the Oakland hills, injuring one person and burning three homes near the scene of the 1991 firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed almost 3,000 dwellings.

The flames were contained about half an hour after the fire began.

Firefighters evacuated residents of the immediate neighborhood as a plume of white smoke spread over the area. They were allowed to return about two hours later.

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Temperatures were in the 80s and winds were gusting at up to 25 mph. It wasn’t immediately known what caused the blaze.


 
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Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

new  NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine – A gunman in Maine killed a sheriff’s deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store early Wednesday, triggering an intensive manhunt in a heavily wooded rural town, officials said. Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole was killed around 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor, state police said. His cruiser was driven to a Cumberland Farms store, which was robbed.