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Bodmin explosion house owner admits arson

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  • April 18, 2012
A man who destroyed a house after a fire he set caused an explosion has been jailed for four years. Glen Heather, 50, admitted at Truro Crown Court destroying the uninsured house in Bodmin, Cornwall, to deprive his ex-wife of her share of its value. ...

Rosepark prosecution loophole could be closed

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  • April 18, 2012
A legal loophole which enabled owners of the Rosepark nursing home - where 14 elderly people died in a fire in 2004 - to avoid prosecution, could be closed under new plans. The UK government has launched a consultation focused on Scots law and the cr...

How often are people jailed after safety breaches?

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  • April 18, 2012
A gas fitter has been jailed for three years after a boiler he installed led to the death of a woman from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Zoe Anderson, 24, was found dead at her father's home in Lansdown, Bath, in December 2010. Andrew Hartley, 36, o...

Police believe fatal fire 'was started deliberately'

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  • April 18, 2012
Police have said they believe a flat fire which claimed the lives of a mother and daughter in County Tyrone was started deliberately. Elizabeth McGirr, 71, and her daughter, Deirdre, 38, died in the blaze at Dunlea Vale, Dungannon, at about 22:00 BST...

Joint Warrior flare started West Freugh fire

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  • April 18, 2012
A flare fired as part of a military training operation accidentally started a wild fire in the south of Scotland, it has emerged. It broke out on Monday at the same time as emergency services were tackling a hillside blaze nearby in Wigtownshire. Exe...

Dock fire: Firefighters will be tackling blaze for days

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  • April 18, 2012
Firefighters believe they will be battling a large fire at Southampton Docks for the next few days. Crews were called to King George V Dry Dock in Millbrook Road shortly after 09:00 BST where about 5,000 tonnes of scrap metal were alight. Smoke was s...

Jersey launderette badly damaged by fire

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  • April 18, 2012
A launderette in First Tower, St Helier, was left badly damaged after a fire on Tuesday. No-one was in the building at the time, but people in nearby flats had to leave their homes. The inner road between Nigel Mansell's garage and the pet cemetery w...

MPs given Cumbria fire control centre petition

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  • April 18, 2012
Members of Cumbria's Fire Brigades Union are taking a petition opposing the closure of the county's fire control centre to Westminster. More than 21,500 have signed the petition against outsourcing emergency fire calls to Cheshire Fire & Rescue S...

Fire destroys historic Newland House in Forest of Dean

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  • April 18, 2012
A historic 17th Century house in the Forest of Dean has been gutted by a fire tackled by about 60 firefighters. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the home in Coleford, Gloucestershire, on Monday evening. The fire service confirme...

Deliberate grass fires 'socially accepted', says Forestry Commission Wales

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  • April 18, 2012
t is "quite normal" for people to start grass or forest fires in parts of Wales and it has being happening for generations, claims a forestry expert. Jake Morris of Forestry Commission Wales said it was seen by young people as a way of having fun and...

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