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Manchester man jailed for Wrexham petrol fire attack

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  • December 16, 2010
A man who poured petrol over a fellow lodger and set him alight causing life-threatening and permanent injuries has been jailed for 10 years. Stephen Welsh's attack on Jim Tudor had a "devastating" effect on the 63-year-old, Caernarfon Crown Court he...

Three injured in garage gas explosion in Gloucester

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  • December 16, 2010
Three people are being treated in hospital following an explosion at a garage in Gloucester. The fire service said the blast was believed to have been caused by fumes from an oxyacetylene tank igniting. One man was airlifted to Bristol's Frenchay Hos...

Firefighters cut woman from car in East Lothian

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  • December 16, 2010
A woman has been cut free from her car after it rolled 10ft down an embankment following a crash in East Lothian. Firefighters managed to rescue the woman, who is in her 50s, after about 45 minutes, using cutting equipment. The crash, between two veh...

No verdict reached in Luton fireman crash death trial

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  • December 16, 2010
The jury in the trial of a fireman accused of causing death by dangerous driving on an emergency call in Luton has failed to reach a verdict. Leteef Kadri Sheikh, 52, of Marlow Avenue, Luton, died a month after his car was hit by the fire engine, Lut...

Avon Fire and Rescue budget cut 'unfair'

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  • December 16, 2010
A cut of £2.3m to Avon Fire and Rescue Service's government grant is "unfair", according to managers. The fire service's two main sources of income are a government grant and the money it receives from the council tax. Kevin Pearson, the service...

Oxford flat fire man taken to hospital

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  • December 16, 2010
A man was taken to hospital after inhaling a serious amount of smoke when fire broke out in his Oxford home. Crews were called to Southfield Road on Thursday at 2250 GMT when they found the man outside the door of his top floor flat. The lounge of th...

Shropshire fire chief warns over cuts to commander jobs

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  • December 16, 2010
Shropshire's chief fire officer has said the service will not be able to deal with more than one major incident at a time due to budget cuts. Paul Raymond said that the number of senior fire commanders was to be cut by a quarter. "Once I've reduced t...

Derbyshire A38 northbound closed after lorry fire

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  • December 16, 2010
A major Derbyshire road was closed for several hours after a lorry caught fire in the early hours. The A38 was shut in both directions at Coxbench at about 0430 GMT but the southbound carriageway re-opened before 0800 GMT. The northbound closure, bet...

Billericay high street shut off in gas leak

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  • December 16, 2010
An Essex high street has been closed off following a "major gas leak", the fire service said. Firefighters were called to Billericay High Street shortly after 0930 GMT on Thursday where they discovered the leak. An exclusion zone has been put in plac...

Two rescued after being trapped by fire in Devon

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  • December 16, 2010
Two people have been rescued from a house fire in Devon after they were trapped upstairs by flames. Fire crews were called to the house in Chapel Place in Ermington, near Ivybridge, just after 0115 GMT. Crews found the fire in the ground-floor kitche...

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