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Hot summer sparks London grass fire warning

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  • August 3, 2010
The hot weather has sparked a big increase in grass fires in the capital, London Fire Brigade has said. Compared to this time last year, grass fires have gone up 25% with barbecues and cigarettes among the causes. The fires pose a threat to wildlife,...

Firefighters tackle 14 camp fires in the Forest of Dean

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  • August 3, 2010
Illegal camp fires are being blamed for 14 fire service callouts so far this summer to a picnic area in the Forest of Dean. Last year, Gloucestershire Fire Service had just one call to the Haywood Plantation. They are now using a new high-pressure ho...

Lorry-load of hay bales catches fire in Ottery St Mary

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  • August 3, 2010
A lorry driver has steered a load of burning hay bales to safety after the 20-tonne load caught fire on the outskirts of a Devon town. The bales caught fire when the vehicle was driving on Tipp Hill, on the outskirts of Ottery St Mary. The driver was...

'Engine fire' forces passenger plane back to Birmingham

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  • August 3, 2010
A Monarch Airlines plane carrying more than 200 passengers has been forced to turn around after a suspected engine fire shortly after take-off. The 1845 BST flight ZB932 from Birmingham to Tenerife landed at Birmingham International Airport at 1855 B...

E.on sub-station fire causes Shrewsbury power cut

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  • August 3, 2010
More than 4,000 properties have been hit by a power cut caused by a fire at an electricity sub-station in Shropshire. Abbey Foregate station in Shrewsbury caught fire at about 1550 BST causing more than 4,000 homes and businesses in Shrewsbury to los...

Fire sees Shropshire family flee hotel in Greece

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  • August 3, 2010
A family from Shropshire are among numerous holidaymakers to be told to leave their hotels due a large forest fire on the Greek island of Samos. Chris Williams, from near Church Stretton, said the fire had skirted their hotel and water from the pool ...

Fires still spreading in parched Russia

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  • August 3, 2010
Moscow is mobilising more forces to fight hundreds of wildfires raging across a vast area of central Russia amid a record heatwave. At least 40 people have died in fires in the past week, and seven regions are under a state of emergency. Some fires a...

Great Ormond Street Hospital patients moved due to fire

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  • August 3, 2010
About 20 people, including patients, were evacuated off their ward during a fire at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Thirty firefighters put out the blaze in the early hours which broke out on the sixth floor on Monday night, London Fire Brigade (LFB) s...

Aberdeen vandal fire 'could have cost lives'

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  • August 3, 2010
A fire started by vandals in Aberdeen could have cost lives, police have said. The front door of a university building on Elphinstone Road was set alight at about 2030 BST on Monday. Grampian Fire and Rescue Service were called out and extinguished t...

Cornish fire crews train ex-offenders to get jobs

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  • August 3, 2010
Firefighters in Cornwall are taking part in a project to help ex-offenders gain new skills and qualifications. The Fire Works project, which also involves probation and adult education staff, aims to help people break any cycles of offending and get ...

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