“They said they were going to fix everything—people still are hurting"
By Benjamin Mateus and George Gallanis, 6 September 2019
Since the time of the Little Village fire, the same processes that led to the blaze in one of Chicago’s poor, working-class neighborhoods have led to even more fire tragedies in the city.
By Wimal Perera, 23 August 2019
The disaster highlights the grim situation facing millions of poor people struggling to survive in megacities around the world.
By Nick Barrickman, 12 August 2019
The tragedy has once again exposed the harsh reality for millions of working people across the US.
By Tim Avery and Philip Guelpa, 11 May 2019
A fire in a Harlem building owned by the New York City Housing Authority killed two adults and four children.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 5 April 2019
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.
By Niles Niemuth and Zac Corrigan, 27 February 2019
While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the home’s furnace had not been working and the family had been using an alternate heating source to try to keep warm.
By Steve Filips, 19 February 2019
The rental had no functional smoke alarms and was not registered by the landlord, averting an inspection to verify safety before it could be rented out.
By Benjamin Mateus, 12 February 2019
Nearly five months after the fire, investigators are unable to determine if the cause of the fire was arson or an accident, or even the source of the blaze.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 February 2019
Kathleen Gomez was mourned by family and friends at her home on Tuesday evening.
By Paul Bartizan, 6 February 2019
The fire at central Melbourne’s NEO200 high-rise apartment was caused by the same flammable panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2018
A ceremony was held Saturday evening for the five young children who died after an inferno engulfed their home last week.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 December 2018
While the immediate cause of the fire remains under investigation, the tragedy which struck Sunday night is not an isolated event but the outcome of a failed social and economic system.
By Benjamin Mateus and Jessica Goldstein, 10 December 2018
The fire, which displaced several families, came less than four months after a house fire in the same area claimed the lives of ten children.
“Multiple families have been displaced and the city and government, no one has done a damn thing for them”
By George Gallanis and Benjamin Mateus, 7 December 2018
The cause of the fire in the working class Little Village neighborhood remains unknown as victims of the fire struggle to move on.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 December 2018
It was reported that there were no fire hydrants in the area of the fire—pointing to the lack of funding for fire prevention and safety measures in rural areas.
By David Brown, 21 November 2018
While wildfires, like hurricanes, are rooted in natural causes, the horrific consequences are the product of corporate malfeasance and government neglect.
By Toby Reese and Douglas Alan, 19 November 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters visited a tent camp set up outside of a Walmart near Chico, California, as well as parts of Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire.
By our reporters, 16 November 2018
The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire jumped to 63 on Thursday with the number of missing increasing to 631.
By E.P. Milligan, 15 November 2018
The PG&E utility company admitted Tuesday that it had submitted an “electric incident report” moments before the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history.
As death toll rises to 48
By Evan Blake and Ben McGrath, 14 November 2018
There is a growing mood of anger among survivors over the indifference of the state and federal governments.
By Will Morrow and Zac Corrigan, 2 October 2018
Neighbors said the house was officially vacant but had been occupied by a homeless man for over two years.
By our reporters, 17 September 2018
Three weeks after a deadly house fire killed 10 children on Chicago’s west side, residents still have no answers as to its causes, or resources to help them recover.
By Adam Mclean and Evan Blake, 15 September 2018
Homelessness is a chronic and widespread social problem in the United States, with California being the worst hit state, due primarily to extremely high real estate prices.
“This is a class issue, and it’s a social issue”
By our reporters, 3 September 2018
About 200 people attended the funeral, with many traveling long distances from throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
By George Marlowe, 3 September 2018
The press continues to demonize the victims of the Chicago house fire in the Little Village neighborhood, deflecting blame from the political establishment.
“Everything started failing for us”
By George Gallanis, 31 August 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to the great-aunt of 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, one of 10 children killed in Sunday’s deadly blaze in Little Village.
“The politicians want to sweep this under the rug”
By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 29 August 2018
While hundreds went to a vigil to commemorate and mourn the death of the ten children lost to the house fire Sunday morning, Chicago’s Democratic mayor and city aldermen declined to attend.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 August 2018
The horrific fire in Chicago is a crime of capitalism, for which the ruling class and its political representatives are responsible.
As city officials seek to shift blame onto parents
By Kristina Betinis, 28 August 2018
As the dilapidated condition of the property came to light, including a lengthy list of complaints from prior tenants, city and state officials sought to shift the blame onto the victims’ families.
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 August 2018
According to the fire department, if working smoke detectors had been in place, the victims would have been woken by the alarms and could have all escaped to safety.
By Joseph Lorenz, 30 July 2018
This tragedy underscores the desperate and dangerous living conditions confronting millions of low-income and unemployed workers across the US.
By Eric Ludlow, 18 July 2018
Toxic blazes continue to erupt at Australian recycling plants as companies stockpile tonnes of dangerous waste material.
By Shannon Jones, 22 June 2018
The Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party (US), campaigned to expose the terrible social conditions, created by capitalism, that killed seven young children in Detroit.
By Steve Filips, 1 March 2018
This season’s severe winter and frigid temperatures is exacting a brutal toll in fire fatalities.
By Guillaume Garnier and David Brown, 14 February 2018
A fire that burned down the tents of roughly 20 people in a semi-official encampment was followed by a blaze in a separate camp that killed one man.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018
New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.
By Fred Mazelis and A. Woodson, 30 December 2017
In every sphere of life, New York remains what newly reelected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hypocritically promised to change four years ago: two worlds in one city.
By Ben McGrath, 27 December 2017
The tragedy highlights the ruling elite’s utter disregard for safety and public planning in the quest for profits.
By Alan Whyte, 19 December 2017
A three-alarm fire in the Homecrest section of Brooklyn, ravaged a house and killed four members of a family and injured another four.
By Jerry White, 22 November 2017
While the fire is still under investigation, authorities are looking at a space heater as the cause of the fatal blaze.
By Robert Campion, 7 August 2017
Houses and dormitories provided by employers are typically fire traps with cramped conditions and lacking fire exits or fire extinguishers.
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.