Condo fire kills couple
Fire tore through a northeastern Massachusetts condominium building, killing a couple in their late 60s or early 70s and injuring four of their relatives, including a 7-year-old boy who suffered serious burns, the state’s fire marshal said Sunday. The fire in Chelmsford began about 11 p.m. Saturday. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said he believes the fire started accidentally in the couple’s home on the top floor of the four-story building, one of several in the complex. Coan said the man who died used a wheelchair, which impeded efforts to get him out of the condo. Fire officials said two adults and two children related to the couple were visiting them when the fire began. The boy was flown to a Boston hospital to be treated for serious burns, while the others were taken to local hospitals. The boy’s condition wasn’t available Sunday.
Animal hoarders charged
A southwest Florida couple was charged with animal cruelty and child abuse after authorities responding to a call about a missing child discovered 300 neglected animals in their home. Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials responded Sunday after receiving a call from Jeffrey O’Neil and Jennifer Kovacs about the 16-month-old girl’s disappearance. Authorities said she was found unharmed at the home of a relative who took her after trying unsuccessfully to awaken the allegedly intoxicated couple. Deputies said they found hundreds of snakes, lizards, rats, birds and rabbits being kept in deplorable conditions inside the house.
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Teens stampede at mall
Large groups of brawling teenagers sparked a stampede at a mall that led police to evacuate the shopping center and shut it down early. More than 200 teens were in the Mall of Louisiana’s food court when a large fight broke out just before 6 p.m. Saturday, although it wasn’t clear how many were actually fighting. No injuries were reported. Witnesses said the trouble started after Instagram users posted an invitation to their followers on social media telling them to come and meet them in person at the mall.
Compiled from wire reports.