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Row over part-time firefighters in Cambridgeshire

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  • August 25, 2011
A row has broken out after leaked figures suggested some part-time fire engines in Cambridgeshire were often unavailable for use. The figures from June this year showed Swaffham Bulbeck's pump could not be used for 77% of the time - compared with the...

Warning after storm damage hits Crumlin and Newbridge

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  • August 25, 2011
A sharp storm has brought disruption to parts of south Wales, with warnings of localised flooding. South Wales fire service responded to reports a roof had been blown off a house in Crumlin, Caerphilly county. Residents in Newbridge, Caerphilly, also...

Boy, 15, quizzed over Huddersfield arson

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  • August 25, 2011
Police investigating an arson attack on a property in West Yorkshire have arrested a 15-year-old boy. Fire crews said 77-year-old Sheila Handy was lucky to be alive after the fire at her Huddersfield home while she was asleep on Monday. Ms Handy was ...

Weymouth Old Fire Station redevelopment plans referred

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  • August 25, 2011
Plans to redevelop Weymouth Old Fire Station and build 52 retirement flats have been referred to the Planning Inspectorate, according to the council. The proposals for the building on North Quay have been recommended for refusal for reasons which inc...

Fire crews and farmers tackle Orkney blaze

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  • August 25, 2011
Several fire crews spent nine hours tackling a serious blaze in Orkney. A total of 27 crew members from Kirkwall, Stromness and St Margaret's Hope were called to Vestrafiold farm. Local farmers were also at the scene helping to get bales out of the s...

Police seek arsonists after Harwich and Jaywick fires

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  • August 25, 2011
A fire at a derelict hotel in Essex could have been started deliberately, police said. Several roads around the High Street, Harwich, remained closed on Thursday after the fire badly damaged the former Queen's hotel leaving it unsafe. Detectives said...

Chinese lantern field fire narrowly averted by farmer

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  • August 25, 2011
An Oxfordshire farmer narrowly avoided losing a field of straw after a flaming Chinese lantern landed near him while he was working. Brian Henman, from Pegtop Farm, near Woodeaton, had just finished baling on Wednesday evening when the lantern landed...

Kent crews warn about asbestos after Isle of Grain fire

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  • August 25, 2011
Firefighters warned the public to stay away from the site of a barn fire in Kent because the roof of the building may have contained asbestos. About 20 firefighters fought the blaze at the farm in West Lane on the Isle of Grain at 22:20 BST on Wednes...

Speke flat fire: Ten rescued from apartments

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  • August 25, 2011
Firefighters have rescued ten people from a blaze in a block of flats in Speke, Liverpool. Five women, three men and two children were led to safety by Merseyside Fire Service from the fire at a three storey apartment block in Alderwood Avenue. A fir...

Wallow Fire: Cousins charged over Arizona wildfire

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  • August 25, 2011
Two cousins have been charged with negligently setting the largest wildfire in Arizona history. The Wallow Fire, which consumed 804 sq miles (2,080sq km), started from a campfire lit by Caleb Malboeuf, 26, and David Malboeuf, 24, both of Arizona, ...

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