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Exeter's Mark Clark jailed for Royal Clarence Hotel arson

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  • February 20, 2012
A kitchen porter has been jailed for two years for setting fire to a hotel while 56 guests were sleeping upstairs. Mark Clark, 49, of Lloyds Crescent, Exeter used a lighter to start a fire in a bin, in the basement of The Royal Clarence Hotel in the ...

Peckham riots shop arsonist jailed for eight years

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  • February 20, 2012
A 23-year-old man who set fire to a shop and a post office in Peckham in south London during the summer's riots has been jailed for eight years. Andrew Burls started a fire at Regen's Lingerie boutique in Rye Lane and a post office, causing £1m wort...

Inquest into woman's fire death at Trinity Avenue, Llandudno

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  • February 20, 2012
An inquest has been opened into the death of an 82-year-old woman who was rescued from her Llandudno home by firefighters last Wednesday. Nora Jones of Trinity Avenue died the following day in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. One of Mrs Jones' sons was also taken ...

Sailors jump into water from burning ship

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  • February 20, 2012
Several sailors have been rescued from a fire on board a ship in the Persian gulf by a TV crew who happened to be filming in the area. Iranian state television reported the ship was carrying fuel to Iran's Bandar Abbas port when a large blaze broke o...

Hertfordshire firefighters learn sign language

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  • February 20, 2012
Firefighters in Hertfordshire have been taught basic sign language. Commander Justin Jones said 11 officers at Stevenage fire station had learned phrases and the alphabet to help communication with deaf people. The training was conducted by British S...

Wrexham firefighters offer advice to prevent kitchen blazes

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  • February 20, 2012
More than half of all house fires in north Wales start in the kitchen, according to the fire service. A campaign by the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service called Time it Right - Don't set it alight is warning of the risks. The town was chosen for th...

Grampian fire chief concerns for Highlands fire service

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  • February 20, 2012
Concerns about safety, training and organisational failings at a fire service have been raised in a chief officer's letter seen by BBC Scotland. David Dalziel, of Grampian's fire service, is leading an operational audit of Highlands and Islands Fire ...

17th Century Totnes hotel damaged by fire

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  • February 20, 2012
A former coaching inn has been damaged by a fire in Devon. Fire crews were called to the Royal Seven Stars in The Plains, Totnes, at about 06:30 GMT, after the fire started in a chimney. Sixteen guests were evacuated from the 21-bedroom hotel by staf...

Van driver dies in Aberdeenshire crash on A944 near Westhill

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  • February 20, 2012
A van driver has died after a crash on the A944 west of Aberdeen. Grampian Police said the 59-year-old man died at the scene of the collision, which happened shortly before 07:00 at Mason Lodge, near Westhill. The road was closed for several hours to...

Three men injured in petrol explosion at Barnsley garage

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  • February 20, 2012
Three men have been taken to hospital after an underground petrol store exploded in a Barnsley garage. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to a home in Dodworth Road at about 14:30 GMT on Saturday. Two men were taken to Sheffie...

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