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Fire blazes at Dutch firelighting block factory

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Authorities in the Dutch city of Oisterwijk say a fire has broken out at a factory that makes firelighting blocks for barbecues and campfires.

The city of Oisterwijk, in the southeast of the Netherlands, said on its website that the fire is proving difficult to extinguish.

In an update mid-morning Thursday, the city said the fire was still burning — or at least producing large volumes of smoke — several hours after it began in the pre-dawn. "The fire is under control, but we cannot yet give the signal that we have mastered it," the statement said of the situation at the "Fire-up" factory.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the city said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Father, son record holes-in-one on Father's Day

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A father-son duo from South Texas showed no handicap when they stepped up to a par-3 tee and each shot a hole-in-one on Father's Day.

Lonnie Whitener, 57, told the Houston Chronicle that his 115-yard drive using a gap wedge on the sixth hole at River Pointe Golf Club in Richmond struck the flag stick and dropped in the hole.

Then, up stepped 13-year-old Zach Whitener, whose shot from 100 yards using a 6-iron landed near the pin and gently rolled in.

The U.S. Golf Association does not keep records of holes-in-one, but the National Hole-in-One Registry says the chances of two players acing the same hole in the same round are one in 17 million.

Two groups of players witnessed the feat and joined the celebration.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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