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Boat fire closes Devon's M5 carriageways at junction 30

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  • August 26, 2011
Both carriageways of the M5 in Devon were closed after a boat being towed by a car caught fire, police have said. The incident happened on the west-bound carriageway at junction 30, near Exeter, at about 17:30 BST on Friday. Police said the boat cont...

Fire at battery recycling plant at Lasham near Basingstoke

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  • August 26, 2011
A major fire broke out at a battery recycling plant in Lasham, near Basingstoke in Hampshire. About 300 tonnes of alkaline zinc chloride batteries and metal oxides were thought to have been involved in the fire which sent plumes of black smoke high i...

Canterbury city centre closed as fire and 'package' investigated

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  • August 26, 2011
Trains have been halted and areas of Canterbury city centre evacuated while police investigate a suspect package and a fire they believe may be linked. Emergency services were alerted at 16:21 BST to a suspicious package near the railway in Old Dover...

Reward offered over deadly Mexico casino blaze

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  • August 26, 2011
Mexico's government is offering a 30m peso ($2.4m, £1.47m) reward for information leading to those behind a casino attack which killed over 50. Several gunmen burst into the building in broad daylight, dousing it with fuel and setting it alight....

Man jailed for New Year's Day arson attack in Blackburn

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  • August 26, 2011
A Blackburn man has been jailed after setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's flat in the early hours of New Year's Day. Keiron Gray, 42, started the fire on Wellington Road at about 02:00 GMT on 1 January, after his girlfriend ended their relationship. ...

Fresh efforts to recruit to Foula and Muck fire crews

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  • August 26, 2011
Members of Highlands and Islands Fire Board have heard about difficulties in recruiting officers in some of the area's most remote islands. But councillors have voted to retain the status quo in terms of the range and spread of stations and not to do...

Flash flooding hits Port Talbot, Neath and Baglan

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  • August 26, 2011
Parts of Port Talbot, Neath and Baglan have been hit by flash flooding. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said parts of the Sandfields estate and Baglan were under about 2ft (61cm) of water. A spokeswoman said numerous properties were floode...

Chesterfield Royal Hospital fire repairs to cost £1.8m

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  • August 26, 2011
Damage caused by a Derbyshire hospital fire is expected to cost £1.8m to repair, a spokesman has said. Chesterfield Royal Hospital's main entrance was severely damaged after an electrical fault on 25 June. Work to repair the damage has been put ...

Hereford High Town fire damaged shops could open in 2012

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  • August 26, 2011
Shops damaged in a fire in Hereford should reopen in time for Christmas 2012 if plans are approved. One store was completely destroyed and two others badly damaged by the fire in High Town last year. Chris Woodall, from architects Hook Mason, said: "...

Fire breaks out on Skelmersdale industrial estate

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  • August 26, 2011
Firefighters are damping down at the scene of a blaze on an industrial estate in Skelmersdale. Crews were called to the building off Pimbo Road just after midnight and were still at the scene at 10:00 BST. A 200m cordon was put in place over fears th...

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