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Woman 'lucky to be alive' after Huddersfield bin arson

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  • August 23, 2011
Fire crews have said a 77-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after arsonists targeted her Huddersfield home while she was asleep. Sheila Handy was woken by a neighbour who banged on her walls to wake her during a fire at the house in Holmfield Road ...

Firefighters tackle blaze at former Jewson site, Bangor

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  • August 23, 2011
Fire crews are battling a large blaze at the former Jewson builders merchants in Bangor, Gwynedd. The building, which has been empty for a while, is described as being well alight and the fire has spread through the roof. North Wales Fire and Rescue ...

Dumfries Mulligans Bar fire starter made payment claim

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  • August 23, 2011
A man serving a 13-month jail term for starting a fire that burned down a Dumfries pub claimed he did it because he had been told he would be paid £500. James McClone's prison sentence was imposed in May, but the details have only just been reve...

Kate Winslet offered London Fire Brigade training

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  • August 23, 2011
Actress Kate Winslet has been offered the chance to train with firefighters after she rescued Sir Richard Branson's mother when a fire broke out. Winslet, 35, was among those staying at Sir Richard 's luxury Caribbean home when lightning hit the hous...

Seven empty homes are burnt by arsonists in Donegal

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  • August 23, 2011
There have been seven suspected arson attacks on unoccupied houses in Donegal since the start of August. On Saturday an empty home in Elaghbeg, Bridgend, was completely destroyed by fire. Irish police have said they are investigating whether the atta...

Year's work lost in fire at Brockham barn

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  • August 23, 2011
A farm manager said a year's work was lost in an hour when a barn and 400 bales of straw went up in flames. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was called at 22:45 BST on Monday to Strood Green Farm near Brockham. At its height, about 20 firefighters foug...

Somerset Home Farm barn fire destroys 200 tonnes of hay

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  • August 23, 2011
About 200 tonnes of hay is on fire at a farm in Chilcompton, Somerset. The fire began in a barn at Home Farm, Rock Road, at 08:30 BST on Tuesday and 25 fire fighters were sent to tackle the blaze. A fire service spokesman said the blaze was under con...

Five rescued from Malvern flats fire

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  • August 23, 2011
Five people were led to safety when fire broke out in a block of flats in Worcestershire. Crews were called to Duke of Edinburgh Way, in Malvern, at about 22:50 BST on Monday. Three of the six flats in the building were occupied as the fire broke out...

Cumbria Police to share Sedbergh fire station

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  • August 23, 2011
Police in a Cumbrian town are to move into their neighbouring fire station to cut costs. The Sedbergh police station will close and officers will move into the fire station next door on 20 September. The force, which needs to trim £18.7m from it...

House fire and gun shots investigated at Kirkby house

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  • August 23, 2011
Police investigating a suspected arson attack on Merseyside believe shots may have been fired at the scene. A fire broke out at a house on Mossdale Road in Kirkby at about 23:15 BST on Monday, damaging the ground floor. One person received slight bur...

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