- - Sunday, December 27, 2009


2 children killed in Christmas fire

LOUISVILLE — Fire officials said two children died in a Christmas morning fire that destroyed a house.

Maj. Henry Ott of the Louisville Metro Arson Squad said the children were ages 10 and 12 and that their grandparents were injured in the fire.

Chief Chris Aponte of the Harrods Creek Fire Department said three firefighters were hurt battling the blaze, which was reported through an alarm system just after 4:30 a.m.

Chief Aponte told the Louisville Courier-Journal the children’s parents and grandparents had escaped and were trying to rescue the children when firefighters arrived.

He said the grandfather was reported in intensive care and the grandmother was being evaluated for cuts and smoke inhalation.


Bad weather plagues nation

OMAHA — The treacherous weather that has plagued much of the country for days stranded road and air travelers Saturday trying to get home after Christmas and threatened flooding in parts of the East.

Storms that began dumping as much as a foot of snow in a swath from Texas to the Upper Midwest in the days before Christmas began subsiding, but blowing and drifting snow hampered visibility in many areas.

In Chicago, one of the nation’s busiest travel hubs, snow and ice there in tandem with rain on the East Coast canceled or delayed more than 50 flights.

Flights also were delayed at the three major airports in the New York area, which was under rain and patchy fog. Most delays there were weather-related but were compounded by tightened security after an airplane bombing attempt in Detroit.

Transportation officials closed a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Goodland, Kan., and Burlington, Colo. Officials also closed interstate highways in Nebraska, the Dakotas and Wyoming, but some reopened as the storm began to abate.

In South Dakota, state troopers assisted 182 people who were stranded in their vehicles or needed help getting through snowy roads, Col. Dan Mosteller said.

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