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India crash: 41 pilgrims killed when truck overturns

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  • August 22, 2011
At least 41 people have been killed after a truck overturned and fell into a roadside ditch in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say. The truck was carrying pilgrims to a temple in the state's Ballia district. There were more than 60...

Kayakers rescued on river island near Aberystwyth

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  • August 22, 2011
Two young kayakers have been rescued from an island in the River Rheidol near Aberystwyth after getting into difficulty. Firefighters were alerted to the incident in Lovesgrove just after 14:15 and sent crews to help the trapped paddlers from Aberyst...

Flash flooding warning issued for London by Met Office

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  • August 22, 2011
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said it is on stand-by to help anyone hit by flooding after heavy rain was predicted for the capital. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning, with torrential, thundery rain predicted early on Tuesday morn...

Woman, 77, trapped by bin arson attack in Huddersfield

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  • August 22, 2011
Firefighters rescued a 77-year-old woman after a bin was set on fire outside her home in Huddersfield. West Yorkshire Police said the woman was trapped in her house on Holmfield Road in the Clayton West area after the fire started at about 01:00 BST....

Building fire near Auchmuty Mill investigated

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  • August 22, 2011
An investigation has begun into a fire that broke out in a building next to a paper mill in Fife. Fife Fire and Rescue Service was called to the Glenrothes building, which was under demolition, next to Auchmuty Mill, which is part of the Tullis Russe...

Alderney lifeboat rescues five people from cruiser

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  • August 22, 2011
Five people were rescued by the Alderney lifeboat after they reported a fire on board their motor cruiser. The RNLI said the skipper of the 35ft Varga Girl reported an engine room fire and the subsequent loss of engine power and hydraulics. The cruis...

Twenty people escape fire at Branson's holiday home

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  • August 22, 2011
Twenty people have escaped unhurt from a fire that broke out at Sir Richard Branson's luxury home in the Caribbean. British actress Kate Winslet was among those staying on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands when a tropical storm broke out an...

Cause of Billingshurst fuel depot fire still a mystery

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  • August 22, 2011
Extensive damage has so far prevented investigators from discovering the cause of a fire at a fuel depot near Billingshurst, West Sussex. Firefighters were called to Four Seasons Fuel Limited at Coneyhurst just before 22:00 BST on Friday and a 200m c...

Brighton home evacuated after garden shed destroyed

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  • August 22, 2011
A house in Brighton was evacuated after a suspected arson attack on a neighbouring property. The occupants were led to safety by firefighters after smoke from a blazing shed and garden play equipment filled their home in Barcombe Road. The owners of ...

Highlands and Islands brigade aims to cut CO2 emissions

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  • August 22, 2011
A fire brigade has drawn up a plan to reduce C02 emissions from its buildings and non-emergency travel. Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service's (HIFRS) proposals have been approved by the Carbon Trust. Water used for tackling fires, fuel for ...

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