Fire in Satigny, where chemicals stored, forces residents indoors

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A fire that flared at 18:30 Wednesday 25 April in Satigny, on the outskirts of Geneva, was under control by midnight, but the potentially toxic smoke had firefighters telling residents to stay indoors. Several hundred square metres of chemicals stored at Sogisel, in the village’s industrial zone, led to initial fears that […]

Moudon fire Sunday: 34 evacuated, 5 injured, 5 pets die

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A fire in a building with 15 apartments in Moudon, canton Vaud, late Sunday sent one person to hospital and killed two pets, say police. Four other people were treated at the scene. The 19:30 fire forced the evacuation of 34 people, four of them using a long ladder and several people […]

Fire that killed 6 children in UK: sordid details out after parents found guilty

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Britain is waiting to hear the sentences that will be given today to the parents of six children who died in a fire, after the couple and another man were found guilty of manslaughter late Monday. The children, who were in bed when the friend apparently poured petrol inside the front door […]

In Swiss media today: Red Cross museum’s tobacco dilemma, ski lift safety

Heavy snow in Ticino delays trains GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death of a girl in Italy Friday after a 12-metre fall from a ski-lift and an accident involving two small children in France: the safety of ski-lifts is the subject of a report by TSR public television. The video shows some of the improvements made […]

Massive US manhunt for ex-policeman likely over

Police await identification of man presumed to be Dorner after huge gunfight, suicide and fire GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Christopher Dorner, former Los Angeles police officer, appears to have died after a huge gunfight followed by a fire that brought down the cabin he was using, in the Big Bear Lake area of California. Dorner has […]

Fires in Brazil club, Venezuela prison kill scores

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The death toll is rapidly rising and at 21:30 Swiss time was at 240 people, from a nightclub fire in Santa Maria, a city of 250,000 people in southern Brazil near the Argentina and Uruguay borders. The fire at the Boate Kiss club may have been due to flares or fireworks used […]

A1 traffic blocked Tuesday morning due to accident near Versoix

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An accident at 10:00 on the A1 between Coppet and Versoix, in the direction of Geneva, reduced traffic to one lane on the road for over an hour Tuesday morning 22 January. Details are not yet available from the cantonal police, but the driver of a car reportedly had to be cut […]

Lausanne library fire probably arson

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in Lausanne said Monday afternoon that the fire at the Lausanne public library Sunday night 20 January was probably criminal in origin. Public prosecutor Anton Rüsch, in charge of the case, told Swiss news agency ats that two fires were started, and that the offices where the fires began were rifled, […]

Fire closes Lausanne public library this week

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A fire broke out in offices at the Lausanne public library Sunday evening 20 January, causing damage to upstairs offices. The automatic alarm was set off shortly before 20:00 say Lausanne police; the first firefighters on the scene called for help when they spotted smoke coming onto the Place de Chauderon. Twenty […]

Crane on London’s The Tower hit by helicopter

Two dead, nine injured by accident in foggy city centre GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A helicopter hit a crane on a building under construction in the centre of London, The Tower, designed to be one of the British capital’s highest structures. Two people were killed and nine injured, one of them critically, by the crash, fire […]