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Fire checks offered for thatched buildings in Cornwall

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  • May 11, 2011
Owners and occupants of thatched properties in Cornwall are being offered free fire safety checks by the county's fire service. Andy Barrett, from the fire service, said there had been "a number" of thatch fires over the last month. He said when such...

Fire at Coatbridge bus depot 'deliberate' say police

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  • May 11, 2011
A massive fire which destroyed 50 buses at a storage depot in North Lanarkshire was started deliberately, police have said. The blaze was reported at the Greenhill Industrial Estate in Coatbridge at about 0200 BST on Tuesday. The homes of about 100 n...

Haiti earthquake rescue dog Echo up for hero award

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  • May 11, 2011
A rescue dog has been shortlisted for a bravery award after searching for people trapped in the Haiti earthquake. Echo - who is part of Greater Manchester Fire Service - worked for 10 days in 40C temperatures amid collapsing buildings and aftershocks...

West Midlands thunderstorms higher than expected

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  • May 11, 2011
The West Midlands is experiencing more thunderstorms than expected, according to a weather expert. John Wright, from Birmingham University's Atmospheric Research Centre, said the storms were causing more damage than usual. In recent days several fire...

South Yorkshire fire service cuts 40 support staff jobs

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  • May 11, 2011
Nearly a fifth of support staff posts at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (SYFRS) are to be cut. The fire service said 40 of its 227-strong support staff would be made redundant by November to minimise the impact of government spending cuts. T...

Pub in Coton declared unsafe after lightning strike

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  • May 11, 2011
An unused pub may have to be demolished after it was struck by lightning causing a "severe" fire. Crews were called to the empty Wheatsheaf pub in Coton, near Stone, on 9 May just before 1915 BST. A spokesman for Staffordshire fire service said crews...

Woman dies at scene of field fire in Essex

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  • May 11, 2011
A woman, believed to be in her 50s, has died at the scene of a large fire in a field in Essex. Four fire engines were called to tackle the blaze at Linford near Stanford-le-Hope on Tuesday evening. The woman was given first aid by crews who called fo...

Fire in Keighley Poundstretcher closes roads

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  • May 11, 2011
A major road had to be shut and homes were evacuated following a possible arson attack at a shop in West Yorkshire. Eight engines attended the fire at Poundstretcher in Keighley's Cavendish Street on Tuesday evening. Most of the single-storey buildin...

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