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Crawley fire death: Man denies murder of girl aged six

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  • May 27, 2011
A man has denied murdering a six-year-old girl who died following a house fire in West Sussex in 2004. George Champion Sithole also pleaded not guilty to charges of arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless whether life was endanger...

Sparks from machinery triggered Byker scrapyard blaze

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  • May 27, 2011
Sparks from machinery triggered a scrapyard blaze on Tyneside, smoke from which could be seen 30 miles away, fire investigators have concluded. At its height, 70 firefighters tackled the blaze at the yard in Albion Row, Byker, on 19 May. No-one was s...

Animal rescues cost UK fire services £3.5m

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  • May 27, 2011
,000 animals in the last three years, a BBC investigation has found. Firefighters got a cow out of a tree, removed a snail from a wall and reunited a duckling with its mother, Radio 4's You and Yours uncovered. The Taxpayers Alliance questioned the u...

Three people rescued during Bilston flat fire

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  • May 27, 2011
Three people have been rescued from balconies during a flat fire in the West Midlands in the early hours. Four appliances from the Wolverhampton area went to Wellington Road, Bilston, after the fire service was called at about 0525 BST on Friday. It ...

Fire crews tackle blaze at farm in Drem

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  • May 27, 2011
Thirty firefighters have tackled a fire which broke out at farm buildings in North Berwick. Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service were called to Muirton Farm in Drem, North Berwick, at about 2000 BST on Thursday. A service spokeswoman said crew...

Running Hare pub staff jailed for arson attack

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  • May 26, 2011
Two former employees at a Flintshire pub admitted carrying out a £500,000 arson on the premises to cover up a £200 theft. At Mold Crown Court, former head chef Clinton James Stephen, 31, was jailed for three years and four months. And ex-as...

Louth warehouse fire tackled

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  • May 26, 2011
Twelve fire engines have been called to a blaze at an industrial estate in Lincolnshire. Ten appliances from Lincolnshire and two from Humberside were called to the Fairfield industrial estate in Louth just after 1730 BST. The fire is in a large sing...

Fire causes train cancellations in Devon and Somerset

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  • May 26, 2011
Train services have been disrupted between Exeter St David's and Taunton because of a fire. First Great Western has advised customers not to travel. The fire service said a blaze by the tracks in Hele, Exeter, had damaged a mobile home, detached bung...

Cambridgeshire Fire Service cutting £4m

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  • May 26, 2011
A £4m package of cuts over four years from the Cambridgeshire Fire Service has been agreed. A meeting of the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority on Thursday backed the cuts, which follow a 12% cut in government grant as part of the spending review. Th...

Blundson waste processing site goes up in flames

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  • May 26, 2011
Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at a waste disposal site in Wiltshire. The fire broke out in about 750 tonnes of commercial and industrial refuse at Hills Waste in Chapel Farm, Blunsdon, just after 1400 BST on Thursday. Fire chiefs said...

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