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Candle fire in Billingham sparks safety warning

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  • September 25, 2010
A house blaze which led to a mother and her young son needing hospital treatment has prompted a safety alert from Teesside fire chiefs. Cleveland Fire Brigade crews were called to Hastings Way in Billingham on Friday after a candle set fire to curtai...

Investigation after man dies in Essex house fire

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  • September 25, 2010
A man, believed to be in his 20s, has died in a house fire which started on Saturday morning in Essex. Firefighters were called to the building in Chestnut Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, just before 0800 BST. After putting out the fire and entering the buil...

Woman killed in Bristol house fire

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  • September 25, 2010
A woman has died in a house fire in the Knowle area of Bristol. Emergency services were called to the three-storey property in Wells Road early on Saturday morning. An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said it was believed the woman was the only...

Two killed in car fire on M5 in Somerset

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  • September 25, 2010
A man and woman have died after they car they were travelling in caught fire on the M5 near Bridgwater, Somerset. The motorway was closed southbound after the crash, which happened near junction 23 at about 1930 BST on Friday evening. An Avon and Som...

Elderly person rescued from Oxford house fire

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  • September 25, 2010
An elderly person has been rescued after a fire started in a three-bedroomed house in Oxford. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the blaze at Druce Way, Blackbird Leys, at 1622 BST on Friday. Crews found one person had already escaped ...

M5 southbound closed at Puriton by serious vehicle fire

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  • September 25, 2010
The M5 has been closed southbound near Puriton in Somerset due to "a serious vehicle fire". An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said officers were diverting traffic, following the incident at junction 23, near Bridgwater. He said two cars had...

Chemical explosion company Biolab UK fined £66,000

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  • September 24, 2010
A chemical company in Gloucestershire has been fined £66,000 following an explosion at its factory in 2006. The incident at Biolab UK's site near Cheltenham saw chemicals leak into the River Coln, killing about 2,500 fish. In May, the firm admit...

Dozens of electric blankets in Herefordshire 'unsafe'

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  • September 24, 2010
More than a third of electric blankets brought to safety testing sessions in Herefordshire were found to be unsafe. A total of 130 were tested Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Leominster, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said. Sixteen blankets ...

Tributes paid to crash pair after car hits parked lorry

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  • September 24, 2010
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to a "happy and caring" 16-year-old fire cadet who died when the car she was in crashed into a parked lorry. Hayley Bates and the car driver Ian Lewkowicz, 26, both from Stoke-on-Trent, died at the scene on the A50...

Car destroyed in suspected arson in Whitchurch

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  • September 24, 2010
A car has been destroyed and a second partially damaged in a suspected arson attack in Shropshire. Fire crews were alerted to the incident in Claypit Street Whitchurch during the early hours of Friday. Entry was gained to a silver Peugeot 306 and the...

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