Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, a 73-year-old Miami man, set his neighbors' trailer home on fire simply because they were lesbians. "He stated that he despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians," reads the arrest report. "According to the defendant, every time he saw ... More >>
Hialeah police made a ghastly discovery early this morning: a burned out car in an industrial area parking lot with human remains inside. Even more disturbing: the fire caused such extensive damage that police couldn't immediately tell how many bodies were inside the car.
David Dubrow, a 21-year-old Miami native who spent this past summer interning at Miami New Times, has died after sustaining injuries from a house fire in Norwalk, Connecticut, last Sunday. He passed away around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The first round of explosions in Florida's Lake County sounded like "firecrackers," nearby residents tell the AP, and petered out by midnight last night. But 15 minutes later, the real show started. That's when a fire at the Blue Rhino Propane Factory in Tavares reached pallets full of gas canisters ... More >>
It's not easy becoming a firefighter, but there's a fairly established path to take if that's your dream: starting intense workouts, studying up on fire codes, maybe getting some sweet tribal tattoos to fit in. Police say an 18-year-old from Florida went a different route, by buying a bunch of fir ... More >>
When Enriqueta's closed in April because of an electrical fire, Wynwood residents collectively moaned. At first, the little Cuban cafe seemed poised to reopen in a few weeks. The restaurant suffered no massive damage to the kitchen and dining room, and owner Jose Luis Pla was optimistic that Enri ... More >>
Walking up the stark stairwell toward the Garret's dance floor, we asked the legendary DJ Craze just where in the hell he got the idea to make a pig his label's mascot. He said it all comes back to something Klever once said. "I don't play that fast food music," he said. "My tunes are slow roasted. ... More >>
An otherwise mundane Monday afternoon at the Richard Gerstein Justice Building was interrupted by a fiery calamity. A maroon colored Jeep parked in the public lot underneath the State Road 836 overpass caught on fire, sending plumes of acrid black smoke onto the sidewalk and street facing the crimin ... More >>
There's nothing worse than walking to Enriqueta's Café ready to down a scrumptious pan con bistec than to find the place closed and a smoky stench. That's right. Tragedy struck the neighborhood favorite last night. See also: - Miami's Top Ten Cuban Restaurants
Nancy Brewer decided to take a page out of the Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes school of couples counseling, by dealing with her relationship problems with a City of Miami police officer by setting his Lauderhill home on fire.
After Miami firefighters got control of a blaze tearing through a strip mall in west Little Havana late last night, they made a gruesome discovery inside the charred building: at least 30 puppies dead inside a gutted pet shop. "That smoke filled up that entire building pretty quickly," Lt. Ignatius ... More >>
A Miami man who reportedly set himself on fire started chanting "just let me die" when a family member tried to help. The man had attempted to burn himself and his Toyota Camry in front of his father-in-law's home.
It wasn't a happy Fourth of July for the the Pilgrim Evangelical Church in North Miami. The place of worship caught fire and was practically gutted by fire yesterday, and kids playing with fireworks on the church's roof might be to blame.
Every year when the temperatures dip below 50 degrees Miamians freak out. Every year we collectively empty out the space heater isles of our local stores. Every year someone inadvertently ends up burning the house down with that space heater. 2012 is no different.A 96-year-old woman is now withou ... More >>
Crank up the Kenny Loggins and pour a Tom Collins into the ocean for our fallen yacht homies. Four mega-yachts went up in smoke and down into the ocean after a fire erupted at the Grove Harbour Marina in Coconut Grove early on Saturday morning. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but one person ... More >>
In these tough economic times, businessmen are encouraged to find innovative and out-of-the-box ways to compete for sales.Arson, though a highly effective strategy, is not recommended, because it is also highly illegal.
via Google StreetviewWho wanted to burn down this warehouse?If at first you don't succeed, just set a few more fires and hope that this time the firefighters can't get there quick enough. That was the mindset of an arsonist in Wynwood last night who tried to burn down a warehouse near North Miami ... More >>
While our airport has a reputation for bringing constant misery, the past few hours at Miami International Airport have been exceedingly miserable, even by its own standards. First a fuel tank exploded that caused a fire that took hours to put out. Then, even before that situation was controlled, ... More >>
Officials believe they've caught the South Beach arsonist, but the Miami Beach Fire Department was still feeling the heat this weekend when an unrelated fire sparked up in the ArtCenter South Florida on Lincoln Road. The fire destroyed one artist's studio completely, while two other studios were ... More >>
Photo by Laine DossFire rages at 1817 James Street in Miami Beach.Miami Beach police have arrested a suspect in a series of blazes over the past week in Miami Beach's Collins Park neighborhood.Joel Paul Williams, 33, was booked Thursday morning and charged with two counts of arson in the first ... More >>
Joel Paul Williams is the fire starter, allegedly. The 33-year-old homeless man has been charged in connection with two of the four fires that have struck abandoned buildings in the Collins Park area of Miami Beach in the past few days. Though, investigators believe he may be behind as many as te ... More >>
Following three separate building fires and a spat of dumpster blazes in the Collins Park area of Miami Beach within eight days, officials have pretty much deduced it's the work of an arsonist. Though fire officials and police don't know who is behind the fires or why, they're pretty sure all fou ... More >>
Don't you just hate it when your grow house gets discovered by firemen putting out a blaze in your home. Jorge Guzman and Yvette Garcia are the latest homeowners who suffered such a fate. According to property records, they own the house at 24644 SW 114th Court which was the scene of a house ... More >>
The United Methodist Church Outreach Ministry in Florida City went up in flames over the weekend, and the building was mostly destroyed. Even the church's playground, which was built a year ago, was melted to the ground.Parishioners say that they hope to rebuild the building, and are accepting don ... More >>
An 80-foot yacht known as the Patron went up in flames Monday at a marina off Alton Road and Third Street in South Beach.According to WSVN, fire crews arrived around 7:10 p.m. and took nearly two hours to extinguish the flames. Luckily, the blaze didn't spread beyond the boat, and no one was injure ... More >>
If Halloween is for treats, then Devil's Night is for tricks! A little known tradition that originated in 1930s Detroit, Devil's Night (or "Mischief Night") involved the Motor City's youth engaging in pseudo-criminal behavior on the night of October 30 each year -- mostly acts of petty vandalism, ... More >>
Saying Michael Pizzi is the kind of guy who's made a few enemies in this town might qualify as the understatement of the year.The U.S. probation officer turned criminal defense lawyer turned politician and elected Miami Lakes mayor is a full-time crusader who lives for a dirty street brawl. ... More >>
The state fire marshal and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms officers were in Miami this morning investigating a fire last night at the Barton G. warehouse at 400 NE 67th St. on the Upper Eastside. The blaze destroyed thousands of dollars' worth of linens and tables after the roof caved in. It was "on ... More >>
An arsonist damaged a North Miami arts haven. The economy might finish the job.
It's an awful time to be an artist in Miami. This Thursday, barring a miracle, the county commission will vote to slash $11 million in arts grants in order to help plug a $444 million budget hole.So imagine how Michael George feels.In June, the patron of the Performing Arts Network in North Miami ... More >>
One of Miami Beach's most eccentric homes, a 10-bedroom, two-story mansion built in 1925 in the style of a medieval castle -- complete with moat, draw bridge, gargoyles, and turrets -- caught fire this morning. Firefighters got the blaze under control, but the AP's YouTube channel has this video ... More >>
Miamians prove there's more than one way to skin a cat killer.
A protester with a history does his business at the Eighth Street monument
A prominent couple's life unravels amid fraud charges and an arson investigation
A fire inspector tickets his employer
Between Collins and Washington avenues on Fourteenth Street
At MetroWest Detention Center one bad fire deserves another -- and another?
Charred kitchens leave scars on patrons and owners alike
Clubland king Chris Paciello ain't exactly a Mafia don. But it sure seemed he was headed that way.
An allegedly hotheaded cop sparks resentment in an Overtown neighborhood
Just in time for the Fourth of July, Miami Beach's surfside chair mogul watches $100,000 worth of cushions go up in smoke