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Chile prison fire kills scores of inmates

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  • December 8, 2010
A fire in a prison in the Chilean capital Santiago has left at least 81 inmates dead, officials say. The blaze broke out in the San Miguel prison at 0500 local time (0800 GMT), with television pictures showing smoke billowing from the building. Hundr...

Crane and driver fall into Cambridgeshire drain

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  • December 8, 2010
A crane with a driver on board has collapsed into a large drainage channel in Cambridgeshire. The accident happened on Wednesday morning on a riverside track off the A142 at Mepal, halfway between Ely and Chatteris. Fire crews sent to the banks of th...

Sutton power station fire started in furnace

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  • December 8, 2010
A fire at a power station in Cambridgeshire was caused by machinery in the furnace, the fire service has said. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Elean Business Park at Sutton, near Ely, on Tuesday night. Extra crews were called to ...

Merthyr homes evacuated after gas cylinder blast

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  • December 8, 2010
About 60 people were led to safety from their homes following a gas explosion during a garage fire in Merthyr Tydfil. A 200-metre cordon was put in place around the scene in Woodland Terrace, Twynrodyn, where an acetylene gas cylinder exploded. Famil...

Two charged over Canton fire that left boy, seven, dead

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  • December 8, 2010
A woman has been charged with the murder of a seven-year-old boy who died in a house fire in Cardiff. The body of Yassen Ali was discovered after a fire at his home in Severn Road, Canton, on 12 July. A 36-year-old man has also been charged with caus...

Canadian civil servant jailed over bank arson

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  • December 8, 2010
A retired civil servant who firebombed a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Ottawa has been sentenced to three and half years in prison for arson. Roger Clement pleaded guilty to arson causing damage and mischief in November over the 18 May incident. The...

Gas blast kills 26 at Chinese coal mine

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  • December 8, 2010
Twenty-six miners have been killed after a gas explosion at a coal mine in central China, state media says. The blast happened in Mianchi County, Henan Province, about 300km (186 miles) from the provincial capital Zhengzhou, Xinhua news agency said. ...

New inland rescue boat launched by Norfolk Fire Servic

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  • December 8, 2010
A new inland water rescue boat operated by the fire service is to be launched this week in Norfolk. The £30,000 Pioner boat will be based at Dereham in the centre of the county. The boat will be crewed by the urban search and rescue team, funded...

7 July inquest: Safety rules 'delayed firefighters'

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  • December 8, 2010
Badly injured survivors of a Tube bomb had to wait an hour for help as safety rules delayed firefighters from going to their aid, an inquest has heard. A policeman said he saw firemen waiting at the top of an escalator as the first walking wounded ar...

Queen honours Lancashire firefighter Dean Seaward

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  • December 8, 2010
A firefighter who climbed on to the roof of a burning building amid thick smoke to save a family has been given a Queen's Gallantry Medal. Dean Seaward climbed a ladder despite not having breathing apparatus to rescue the family after an arson attack...

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