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Portsmouth student tower sprinkler plan criticised

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  • August 5, 2011
A plan to build a 33-storey accommodation block in Portsmouth without a sprinkler system could put lives at risk, fire chiefs have said. The Blade is being built to house 600 University of Portsmouth students, but the developers said it was not requi...

Tuffley carport fire was arson attack

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  • August 5, 2011
Police in Gloucester investigating a fire in the Tuffley area of the city are treating it as arson. The fire is thought to have started in the early hours of Thursday when a mattress was set alight in a carport in Streamside. The fire caused extensiv...

Woman trapped in Norwich well for six hours

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  • August 5, 2011
A woman has escaped unharmed after being trapped down a well shaft for six hours in Norfolk. Paramedic and firefighters were called to a burial park near woodland in Norwich, at 02:30 BST. The fire crew rescued the 34-year-old woman who had fallen 33...

Angela Sharkey left 'devastated' by family fire deaths

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  • August 5, 2011
A woman has described the heartbreaking moment when she had to tell her sister that her husband and two children had been murdered in a fire. Thomas Sharkey, 21, and Bridget, eight, died after the blaze at their first-floor flat in Helensburgh last m...

Girl, 15, buried digging hole on Caister-on-Sea beach

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  • August 5, 2011
A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after being buried under sand while digging a 7ft hole on a beach. Norfolk Fire Service crews were called at about 15:15 BST to Beach Road, Caister-on-Sea, to reports of a girl, aged 15, who was trapped under...

Fire breaks out at Novartis research plant in Horsham

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  • August 5, 2011
More than 200 people had to leave a drugs plant in West Sussex after fire broke out in a research laboratory. Firefighters from Sussex and Surrey were called to the incident at Novartis in Horsham and stayed at the scene for several hours on Thursday...

Eleven beach huts torched by 'arsonists' in Weymouth

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  • August 5, 2011
Eleven beach huts have suffered fire and smoke damage in a blaze thought to have been started by arsonists. A cafe above the huts in Green Hill also suffered smoke and heat damage, a Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said. Fire crews, who we...

Fire pumps 'improve safety at Douglas fuel site'

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  • August 5, 2011
The Manx government has spent more than £2m improving safety measures at the oil and gas depots on Douglas Harbour. A new pump house containing three fire pumps has been built near the Battery Pier Yard. In the event of a fire in the area the pu...

Arson arrest over Billinghurst lorry fires

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  • August 5, 2011
A man has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately setting alight two lorries at a West Sussex business park. West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Coneyhurst Road in Billinghurst at 01:45 BST. Sussex Police said a 51-year-old man from...

Woodingdean fire: Man and dog 'saved by smoke alarm'

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  • August 5, 2011
An elderly man and his dog escaped from a ground floor flat in East Sussex after being woken by a smoke alarm early on Friday. Fire crews were called at 01:56 BST and three pumps put out the fire which caused major damage to the block of flats in Cow...

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