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New foam used to help tackle blaze at recycling centre near Kettering

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  • October 26, 2011
Firefighters are using a special foam to bring a two-week-old fire at a waste recycling centre near Kettering under control. The fire at Blackbridge Farm in Burton Latimer started on 9 October. At the height of the fire plumes of smoke were seen 25 m...

Sussex fire chiefs want smoke alarm law

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  • October 26, 2011
Private landlords should be forced, under the law, to fit smoke alarms at their properties, the fire service in Sussex has said. SEE VIDEO REPORT........... Reproduced under licence from BBC News © 2011 BBC...

Merseyside Fire chief Dan Stephens warns of funding cuts

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  • October 26, 2011
Merseyside's chief fire officer has warned of "substantial consequences" if the service's budget is cut further. Dan Stephens said fire stations could close, fire engine numbers be reduced and firefighters made redundant if there were any future cuts...

Scottish data reveals alcohol and drug fire link

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  • October 26, 2011
Alcohol or drugs were a factor in at least one in six accidental house fires in Scotland over the past year, according to government figures. In 2010-11, they were suspected to have contributed to 835 of the 5,254 accidental fires, and caused 11 deat...

Weston house wrecked in gas heater explosion

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  • October 26, 2011
Two people escaped with minor injuries when a gas explosion wrecked a house in Somerset. Firefighters were called to the house in Brean Down Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, at 19:45 BST on Tuesday. An investigation by Avon Fire and Rescue concluded the ex...

Farms in Leicestershire hit by arson attacks

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  • October 26, 2011
Farmers in Leicestershire are being advised to step up security following a spate of barn fires in recent months. The fire service said out of 13 barn fires in the county and Rutland since July, eight had taken place in Hinckley and Bosworth, of whic...

Gas leak in Swanage, Dorset, 'has been capped'

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  • October 26, 2011
A gas leak which led to 28 homes being evacuated in Dorset has been capped, Purbeck District Council has said. About 100 people are thought to have been affected by the leak in Victoria Avenue, Swanage, which was spotted shortly before 09:30 BST on T...

St John's Wood flats fire: Ten rescued and 150 escape

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  • October 26, 2011
Ten people have been rescued by firefighters and 150 residents escaped after fire broke out in a block of flats in north London. More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze at the seven-storey South Lodge on Grove End Road, St John's Wood, which was ...

'Social value' to become factor in public services

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  • October 26, 2011
Councils, government departments and bodies like the NHS could be required to consider "social value" - as well as cost - when awarding contracts. The plans are part of a private member's billput forward by Conservative MP Chris White. He says i...

Nottinghamshire lightning strike: Two moved from house

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  • October 26, 2011
Two people have been moved out of their Nottinghamshire home after it was by hit by lightning. Fire crews were called to the property in Welfitt Grove, Nether Langwith, near Mansfield, just before 18:30 BST on Tuesday. Neither of the residents were h...

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