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‘Chicago Fire’ star Taylor Kinney helps Pennsylvania driver with blown tire

“Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney was hailed as a good Samaritan of Christmas Eve after he helped a man whose tire blew out in Lancaster, Pa.

Chris Kurtz told Lancaster Online he was driving to a store on Christmas Eve with his wife, Aimee, when they saw pieces of a tire on the road from a sedan. They pulled over to see if the driver of the sedan, Cary Ahl, was OK but were astonished that Kinney was already there helping out. Kinney was driving his pickup truck when he pulled over to help the man.

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“I had noticed that a gentleman had come out of the pickup truck and took his cowboy hat off,” Chris Kurtz said. “He walked up to the guy slowly. … There it was, Taylor Kinney, just helping.”

Kurtz said Kinney asked Ahl if he wanted him to take away the blown tire for him. Ahl accepted the offer. Kurtz went home to get his SUV to take Ahl home while Kinney stayed back and kept him company. When Kurtz returned, that’s when he realized that the good Samaritan was Kinney, a Pennsylvania native. He took a photo of the actor.

“He kind of — just like Santa Claus — kind of left off into the sunset, kind of,” Kurtz said. “He put his hat back on, made sure the guy was OK, and then left.”

Kurtz said his daughter is a big fan of Kinney, who starred in her favorite show “Vampire Diaries” and was sad to hear she missed out on the opportunity to meet him.

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“Aimee, my wife, said, ‘That’s how the universe works. Just organically, you end up meeting some pretty cool people,’” Kurtz said. “So that’s exactly what happened, right around our corner on Christmas Eve.”

Kinney, 37, currently stars on the hit drama “Chicago Fire” and appeared in movies such as “The Other Woman” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” He was engaged to singer Lady Gaga after the two began dating in 2011. They called off their engagement in July 2016.

President Trump’s feud with the Fed is like ‘playing with fire’: Eli Lake

President Donald Trump may be “playing with fire” after he reignited his feud with the Federal Reserve, argued Bloomberg Opinion columnist Eli Lake on the “Special Report” All-Star panel.

On Christmas Eve, the president took to Twitter, declaring that the “only problem” the U.S. economy has is the Fed.

“They don’t have to feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!” Trump tweeted.

Lake, along with conservative writer Kelly Jane Torrance and Washington Examiner commentary writer Tom Rogan, weighed in on the whether Trump’s battle with the Fed is a political present or a lump of coal.

While recessions are often “expected” in cycles of the economy, Lake said Trump was “making things far worse” by threatening to fire Fed chairman Jerome Powell for decisions he makes.

“There’s a reason why we want the chairman of the Federal Reserve to be independent from the president. The temptation is too great to juice the economy for short-term benefit if you’re president and to ignore the long-term or intermediary-term consequences,” Lake told the panel. “So in that respect, once again, President Trump is playing with fire.”

Rogan said that the activity in the stock market had “more to do with some of the president’s more irregular rhetoric and actions than it does with anything the Fed is doing.”

“I think the president would make a very big mistake for his own political interest and the economy’s where he to try to take punitive action against the Fed,” Rogan told the panel.

Torrance said that it is “very clear” that Trump wants to fire Powell, but stressed that everyone is “putting a lot of emphasis on one man.” She also warned of the “volatility” that would trigger if Powell were fired but that eventually the market would “flatten out.”

Church fire leads to discovery of illegal gambling room, authorities say

Firefighters responding to reports of an electrical fire at a Houston church found no signs of a blaze, but instead discovered an illegal game room inside, authorities said.

Four people were found Friday trapped inside a room containing 100 gambling machines at the World of Life Church, KHOU-TV reported.

The person who reported the fire told authorities he was locked in by an electronic door lock, KTRK-TV reported.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies led several people out of the building in handcuffs but later released them. One person was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

New Jersey mansion fire: Brother was spotted by neighbor half hour before blaze; community mourns slain family

The brother of a mansion owner whose family was slain before the structure was set ablaze was spotted in his neighborhood about a half hour before that fire was started, a neighbor said Wednesday as a community came together to mourn the loss.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told the Asbury Park Press that 51-year-old Paul Caneiro stayed near his home in Ocean Township until about noon.

Caneiro was charged Wednesday with setting fire to his own home Tuesday in Ocean Township, allegedly using gasoline to set the structure ablaze while his wife and two daughters were inside. No one was hurt in that fire, which was reported at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Less than eight hours later, the fire that destroyed his brother’s home was reported around 12:30 p.m. about 10 miles away in Colts Neck, authorities said.

The neighbor in Ocean Township who lives two houses away said that he saw the 51-year-old, his wife and two daughters after the early-morning blaze, and that one of the daughters even asked to use his bathroom.

This image released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, shows Paul Caneiro, who prosecutor charged Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, with aggravated arson.

This image released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, shows Paul Caneiro, who prosecutor charged Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, with aggravated arson. (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

“They were great neighbors, very friendly. This is unexpected news,” the neighbor told the Asbury Park Press.

Caneiro’s brother, Keith Caneiro, was found was found shot to death Tuesday on the lawn of his mansion in Colts Neck. Inside, authorities found the remains of his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer Caniero, and their children, 11-year-old son Jesse and 8-year-old daughter Sophia. Officials said that all four were the victims of “homicidal violence.”

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Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni tried to reassure the public that a random killer was not on the loose in the affluent community of Colts Neck, which is also home to some celebrities.

“We believe that this family in some form or fashion was targeted,” he said, adding that he could neither confirm nor deny that Paul Caniero was a suspect in the slayings.

Keith Caneiro and Jennifer Caneiro, who were found dead at their New Jersey mansion after officials responded to a fire at the home on Tuesday.

Keith Caneiro and Jennifer Caneiro, who were found dead at their New Jersey mansion after officials responded to a fire at the home on Tuesday. (Facebook)

Former police officer and federal mafia prosecutor Joe Peters told “FOX & friends” the killings and fire at the mansion a “a very strange and bizarre circumstance,” and gave insight on where investigators are likely focused.

“It’s a closed circle. You don’t have a random killer. You don’t have random victims you need to identify,” Peters said. “You still have to identify the bodies inside the house, sadly, before you can charge a murder.”

Peters added that as the spotlight appears to be focused on Paul Caneiro, there could be several possible motivations if he faces charges related to the mansion fire and killings.

“They were in business together, in two businesses, that’s motive number one,” he said.

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Keith and Paul Caneiro were partners at a technology firm in Asbury Park called Square One. All four members of Keith Caniero’s family were “victims of homicidal violence,” the prosecutor said, adding that there was no indication of suicide.

Residents in Colts Neck came together Wednesday night on the steps of town hall in remembrance of the family, NJ.com reported.

In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J.

In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J. (WABC via AP)

Mayor JP Bartolomeo told the crowd gathered for the candlelight vigil that the Caneiros would be seen in town attending school sporting events or at local stores, and were well known.

“I’d be lying if I stood here and told you this was easy,” he told the crowd. “We lost four really nice people from our community, who I happened to be friends with, who my boys were friends with.”

Firefighters carry a stretcher to the scene of a fatal fire at 15 Willow Brook Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J.

Firefighters carry a stretcher to the scene of a fatal fire at 15 Willow Brook Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck,N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Colts Neck, about 50 miles south of New York City, is home to a number of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen. Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his wife operate an animal sanctuary there. Queen Latifah sold her mansion there in 2015. Current and former members of the band Bon Jovi have also called it home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tech CEO, wife, 2 kids found dead after arson fire rips through New Jersey mansion: report

Authorities in New Jersey on Tuesday responded to reports of a fire at a sprawling mansion and found the remains of two adults and two children before determining that the fire was intentionally started.

The body of Keith Caneiro, the CEO of a tech company in Asbury Park, was discovered in the front of the home with at least one gunshot wound, a source told NJ Advance Media. The gunshot was not believed to have been self-inflicted, the report said.

Three others were found dead inside the Colts Neck home, including his wife, Jennifer Caneiro, the report said. The children were both under 10 years old, the New York Times reported.

Authorities did not officially confirm the identities of the victims.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni would not comment on the report or confirm Keith Caneiro had a gunshot wound, the New York Post reported. But he said, “We have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time.”

Fox News emailed Gramiccioni’s office early Wednesday and did not receive an immediate response.

Keith Caneiro’s brother also reported a fire at his home in Ocean Township, the report said. Authorities said they were investigating whether the two blazes were connected.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m. Video showed firefighters battling the blaze as smoke poured from the roof of the two-story home, which is surrounded by fields and includes a large swimming pool. Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house, with police tape cordoning off the area.

Colts Neck is a well-to-do community about 50 miles south of New York City and is home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $ 750,000. Bruce Springsteen reportedly owns a home in the town, and his youngest son Sam joined the Colts Neck Fire Department in 2014, NJ.com reported.

The 5,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Zillow. The owners purchased the property in 1998, and the home was built in 2003, public records show.

Caneiro’s LinkedIn profile describes him as the CEO and chief technology officer for a company in the New York City area called Square One. His profile says he graduated from Columbia University with a master of science degree in 2018 and previously received certifications from Harvard Business School’s online platform.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

New Jersey mansion fire leaves multiple dead; arson being investigated

Four people, including two children, were confirmed dead on Tuesday after a fire broke out at a mansion in Monmouth County, New Jersey, officials said.

The fire at a home in Colts Neck, a city roughly 50 miles south of New York City, is being investigated as a possible arson, county Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference.

Authorities were still working to put out the “fluid” blaze around 4:30 p.m. ET., after first responding to the fire around 1:30 p.m.

Gramiccioni said he’s heard reports that five people have possibly died in the fire, but clarified investigators “know of four, and four alone.”

Colts Neck is a well-to-do community that’s home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $ 750,000.

Public records show the home is owned by Keith Caneiro, 50, and Jennifer Caneiro, 45.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

‘Multiple fatalities’ after New Jersey mansion fire, officials say

Multiple people were reported dead in New Jersey on Tuesday after a fire broke out at a mansion in Monmouth County, officials said.

The county prosecutor’s office tweeted they were “on scene at a fire in Colts Neck, a city roughly 50 miles south of New York City, with multiple fatalities. Firefighters still working on fire.”

Further information from officials was not immediately released. However, WNBC-TV, citing law enforcement sources, reported one person was found fatally shot outside the home, and two bodies were discovered inside.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

Woolsey Fire devastation in Malibu, California seen in before-and-after aerial photos

The massive and deadly fire that scorched nearly 100,000 acres in Southern California is more than 90 percent contained, but the scope of the damage is apparent in new aerial photos showing the devastation.

Cal Fire said as of Monday the Woolsey Fire is at 94 percent containment, the improving conditions aided by the lack of Santa Ana Winds in recent days. The blaze has left 3 people dead and injured 3 firefighters, in addition to destroying over 1,500 structures.

Images that show destruction in the Malibu and Thousand Oaks area where the blaze erupted earlier this month were posted by the National Insurance Crime Bureau on Friday. The photos were taken from aircraft that were staged over Malibu and processed within 24-36 hours of the aircraft landing.

“This is helpful to property owners who may not be able to go back to their homes or businesses, and also assists the insurance industry by providing them with the ability to assess damage on behalf of their policyholders as soon as the images are available,” NICB Chief Operating Officer Jim Schweitzer said in a news release.

Members of the public can examine damage in the areas by typing in an address, and then viewing the “before” and “after” photos by using a slider across the screen.

CALIFORNIA CAMP FIRE RAVAGES TOWN OF PARADISE, BUT FAMILY DOG SURVIVES

The comparison photos show that, while some homes remain unscathed by the blaze, others have been reduced to rubble, and are surrounded by a charred landscape.

Evacuated residents have started being allowed back into the areas affected by the Woolsey Fire, but officials have warned people of continued dangers.

“Burned out power poles, burned and damaged homes, debris-filled roadways, broken gas lines and burned guard rails pose serious safety hazards to residents attempting to return to the area,” Ventura County Fire officials told FOX11 in a statement. “The Woolsey Fire is unlike any previous fire in the Santa Monica Mountains due to the vast destruction and devastation to homes and critical infrastructure.”

Those who finally have made it home after evacuation orders were lifted have complained authorities are not letting them return if they head out to get food or supplies.

“The aftermath of this disaster is a disaster in itself,” Lynn Jacob told the Los Angeles Times.

On Friday, the National Park Service said that all but one of 13 mountain lions being tracked in Southern California mountains have been accounted for following the devastating wildfire. The agency said the only missing mountain lion was one dubbed P-74, a young male born last year.

In addition, all four bobcats that the agency monitors via GPS have been located in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

The 151-square-mile Woolsey fire has charred a huge swath national park land that’s home to the big cats and popular among hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fire drove them out of their homes. Now they could be flooded out of their tent city.

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Chico, California (CNN)First they were driven from their homes by the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California. Now, if it rains, they could be flooded out of their tent city, which has sprung up in a Walmart parking lot.

That possibility of flooding from rain is one concern that has authorities working to relocate the estimated hundreds of wildfire evacuees who have taken refuge at the parking lot 10 minutes down the hill from the town of Paradise, which is now little more than acres of charred ruins.
People displaced by the Camp Fire have set up tents outside a Walmart store.

As thousands of people packed into shelters in Butte County after their homes were destroyed, many others were left without a place to go. The Walmart in Chico was where many Paradise residents shopped, a familiar place where they felt safe and comfortable. So they slept there in tents and cars.
    What started as a temporary shelter for those escaping the fire has turned into a makeshift village. Volunteers have been stationed at the parking lot handing out everything from smoke masks to dog food to clothes and other essentials.
    There are several portable toilets on site, although people have to go elsewhere to shower. A whiteboard on site tells people where else they can go to find shelter and lists names of those missing from the fire. A poster provides information about free available shuttles, discount codes for Lyft rides and the number to call if longer rides are needed.
    Volunteers provide evacuees with supplies from smoke masks to food.

    Alex Hader, co-owner of the Sexy Panda food truck based in Sacramento, came to the parking lot with co-owner Kristina Wheeler last Friday and the two have been there ever since. The truck is open 24/7, offering breakfast burritos, burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches for free to anyone who needs food, at any hour.
    “We didn’t plan on being out here this long,” Hader said. “We didn’t plan on it turning into something like this either. We just got the thought in our head to come out here and feed some people that need it.”
    Rob Busick, left, wearing a mask, and Guido Barbero, right, checking his phone, help organize volunteer efforts.

    They say their experience at the tent city has been life-changing.
    “There’s so many people out here that are just broken right now, and the way everybody’s coming together with all the donations,” Wheeler said. “Even the people who are affected by the fire directly, they’re helping. They’re donating.”
    Though donations from the community have poured in and volunteers have come from all over, local organizers recognize that the tent city wasn’t meant to last.
    “It was always a short-term solution,” Rob Busick, one of the grassroots organizers of the volunteer efforts, told CNN. “A lot of people didn’t have anything as they came down here, so our immediate need was just to care and show compassion for these people.”
    A Camp Fire evacuee walks through the makeshift tent city in Chico.

    Temperatures in Chico are set to get cooler this week and weather forecasts call for rain. The tent city is susceptible to flooding since it’s at the bottom of a hill, so organizers say it’s important that people sheltering there relocate.
    “I know that losing what they’ve lost and also transitioning into a parking lot and doing it again is a difficult conversation, but the health and safety of them has been No. 1 since Day One,” Busick said.
    Dakota Keltner, right, rests on Havyn Cargill-Morris in a truck at the tent city outside a Walmart store in Chico.

    Butte County officials announced they were working with the city of Chico, the American Red Cross and volunteers to move evacuees in the tent city to an open shelter at Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley. The county will provide transportation to the new shelter starting Saturday, and the shelter will begin taking in small animals Sunday, according to a news release.
    Both Butte County and Walmart said rumors that people would be kicked out of the tent city on Sunday were untrue. A county spokesperson said the relocation efforts are because of health, safety and weather concerns.
    “Our priority is making sure we get fire-displaced residents into a place where they’ll be protected from the weather elements, where services are available, and making sure they’re connected to services,” the spokesperson said.
    Those services include ongoing updates about the fire and recovery efforts as well as basic needs such as toilets, showers and food.
      Finding available shelter space has been a challenge for the county. According to its website, one more shelter in addition to the one in Gridley is open and accepting evacuees. But five others are either full or not taking in any more people because of a norovirus outbreak.
      The Camp Fire has destroyed about 9,800 homes, according to the latest estimate from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

      The catastrophic Camp Fire isn’t even halfway done burning, officials predict

      (CNN)While hundreds of families wait in agony to learn the fate of missing loved ones, officials gave a gut-wrenching forecast on the fate of California's Camp Fire:

      It's not even halfway done burning yet.
      Since the Camp Fire erupted 10 days ago in Butte County, it has killed 77 people, destroyed more than 9,700 homes and torched an area the size of Chicago. At least 80 people have died in California wildfires this month.
        But the blaze probably won't be fully contained until November 30, according to Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency.
        "It is overwhelming, I don't have any word to describe it," Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said. "This is unprecedented. No one has had to deal with this magnitude that caused so much destruction and regrettably so much death."
        Meanwhile, displaced residents are in limbo. Many are in Chico, Butte County's most populous city, about 15 miles from ground zero of the disaster, the town of Paradise.
        Some evacuees are staying with friends and family. Others are in a tent city in a Walmart parking lot. On Sunday, those seeking a place to grieve trickled into the First Christian Church of Chico for a candlelight vigil.
        A sign in the church set an intention for the hourslong open memorial: "We will rise from the ashes."
        The Camp Fire is already the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. And with 993 people still unaccounted for, officials fear the death toll could keep rising.
        Crews are combing the remnants of houses where all evidence of life has been wiped out by flames. Many of the searchers have lost their own homes and are looking for the remains of their neighbors.
        While the search for the dead and missing continues, thousands of firefighters are trying to control the blaze. As of late Sunday, the Camp Fire had seared 150,000 acres and was 65% contained.

        'People don't know that we're looking for them'

        Though the number of people missing from the Camp Fire has skyrocketed, it's hard to tell exactly how many are lost and how many may be safe elsewhere, officials said.
        "That is raw data we're collecting from phone calls, emails and the 911 system," Honea said. "It's not perfect data, but our thought process is that it's better to get that information out to help start getting people accounted for. So rather than wait for perfection, we're trying to get some progress going."
        Hundreds of deputies, National Guard troops, coroners and anthropologists are sifting through leveled homes and mangled cars for remains.
        "There are a lot of people displaced, and we're finding that a lot of people don't know that we're looking for them," the sheriff said.
        Butte County is maintaining a list of people reported missing from the Camp Fire. Honea urged anyone who sees their own name or the name of a loved one found safe to contact the sheriff's office.

        'We're not the only family that's going through this'

        Sadia Quint has no idea what happened to her uncle, David William Marbury, who lived in a house in the largely obliterated town of Paradise.
        "We already know that his house has been burned down and his car was in his garage," Quint said. "So now we're just waiting for the sheriff's department to go out there and let us know if his body's in there or not."
        Her family has provided DNA samples in case authorities find Marbury's remains.
        "We're being patient just because we know we're not the only family that's going through this right now," Quint said. "So everyone's kind of in it together and everyone's being really supportive."
        But as the hours pass with no news on her uncle, Quint said she's prepared for the worst.
        "He had respiratory issues and he had back problems," Quint said. "It's hard to think about him not being here anymore. But as a family, we have accepted whether we get good or bad news. So we're just prepared for both."

        Escaping through ditches, front yards

        The harrowing escape from fast-moving flames still haunt Dan Newman.
        As a Butte County search-and-rescue team captain, Newman was originally tasked with going door to door to alert people in the community of Concow to the fire.
        The mission quickly shifted to Paradise, about a 20-mile drive away, where a hospital was in dire trouble.
        "When we arrived at the hospital there were already flames," he said. "And all of a sudden the urgency just skyrocketed."
        Newman's team went around to the ER entrance and threw four patients in its truck.
        The hospital evacuation involved every kind of vehicle -- ambulances, police cars, buses and personal cars.
        The road that went by the hospital was swamped with cars and accidents. Drivers used every bit of open space they could to escape, racing through ditches and front yards, Newman said.
        The fire was moving faster than any vehicle could, he said.
        "We had homes on fire on each side," he said.
        Newman's team managed to get out, but another team couldn't and ended up back at the hospital.

        Southern California blaze kills 3 people

        Across the state, the deadly Woolsey Fire is still wreaking havoc in Southern California.
        Roger Kelton, searches through the remains of his mother-in-law's home in Agoura Hills.

        At least three people have been killed and more than 96,000 acres have been torched by the Woolsey Fire, Cal Fire said.
          But a few bits of good news emerged Sunday. The Woolsey Fire is now 88% contained, and all of Ventura County is now open -- meaning more residents can return and try to start rebuilding their lives.