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Pontefract 'blue light' and Normanton fire stations open

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  • April 28, 2012
Two fire stations and a £2m combined emergency services complex have officially opened in West Yorkshire. Fire, ambulance and police will share facilities at the Pontefract station in Stump Cross Lane. It replaces two stations at Pontefract and Knot...

Man charged over Friars Vennel fire in Dumfries

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  • April 28, 2012
A 27-year-old man has been remanded in custody on a charge of starting a blaze which damaged a Dumfries flat. Andrew Haigh, said to be of no fixed address, appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court. He was on a petition alleging that he wilfully set fire to...

Southampton docks crane driver rescued from cab 150ft up

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  • April 28, 2012
A crane driver was trapped in his cab at Southampton docks for two-and-a-half hours after sustaining back injuries. The man in his 40s was treated by paramedics 45m (148ft) off the ground inside his dockside crane around 09:00 BST. Ambulance crews an...

Solihull arson: 17 attacks on driveways and gardens

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  • April 28, 2012
Arsonists have carried out 17 attacks on driveways and gardens in a West Midlands town, say police. Insp Darren Wilson said trees, mostly conifers, had been set alight and a car and car port had been damaged in the attacks in Solihull. He said "thank...

Sheep die in farm steading blaze near Nairn

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  • April 28, 2012
Eighteen sheep have perished in a fire in a farm steading, Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service has reported. Four ewes and 14 lambs died in the incident, which had involved burning straw, near Nairn. Emergency services were alerted to the f...

Pair rescued from flood waters in Somerset

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  • April 28, 2012
Two people were rescued when their car became trapped in 3ft of flood water in south Somerset. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to North Perrott, near Crewkerne on Thursday night. On arrival, they found a woman and a teenage boy...

Australia bushfire starter Sokaluk jailed for 17 years

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  • April 28, 2012
An Australian man has been sentenced to 17 years and nine months in jail for starting a blaze that killed 10 people. Former volunteer firefighter, Brendan James Sokaluk, 42, started what became known as a "Black Saturday" bushfire in February 2009. I...

Brighton seafront hotel guests evacuated after fire spreads

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  • April 28, 2012
Guests at a Brighton hotel had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the basement of the 21-floor building. The fire broke out in an electrical room two floors below ground level at the Holiday Inn in Kings Road just before 23:00 BST on Thursday....

Willington cylinder fire residents 'home by noon'

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  • April 27, 2012
Dozens of villagers moved from their Derbyshire homes after a gas cylinder fire should be allowed back home by midday, a fire official has said. The residents of 12 homes in Sealey Close in Willington were moved out after a fire at a garage involving...

Investigation into Bradford fire after homes evacuated

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  • April 27, 2012
An investigation has started into a garage fire which forced the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Bradford. The houses were evacuated after acetylene cylinders were found near a fire at a garage on Woodhall Terrace, in the Thornbury area, on Wedne...

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