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Shirley Towers flat fire 'left residents in fear'

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  • July 10, 2012
More than two years after a fatal fire at a Southampton tower block, the events of the night are still fresh in the memories of residents caught up in the tragedy. Firefighters Jim Shears and Alan Bannon were overcome by excessive heat inside flat 72...

Shirley Towers inquest: Deaths by misadventure verdict

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  • July 10, 2012
The jury at the inquest into the deaths of two firefighters in a Southampton tower block has returned a verdict of death by misadventure. Jim Shears, of Poole, Dorset, and Alan Bannon, of Southampton, died inside flat 72 of Shirley Towers in 2010. Th...

Fire rescue trawler Denarius towed to port

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  • July 10, 2012
A fishing boat gutted by fire is being towed back to port as an investigation into the blaze gets under way. Six fishermen were airlifted to safety from life rafts after the Banff-registered Denarius caught fire off Orkney on Monday. The crew were re...

Light aircraft crashes at Cotswold Airport

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  • July 10, 2012
A light aircraft has crashed at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire. A Great Western Air Ambulance spokesman said the aircraft appeared to have crash-landed and caught fire just before 15:00 BST. The 48-year-old pilot suffered serious burns and was f...

Shirley Towers inquest jury considers firemen death verdicts

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  • July 10, 2012
The jury at the inquest into the deaths of two firefighters in a Southampton tower block has retired to consider its verdicts. Jim Shears, from Poole, Dorset, and Alan Bannon, from Southampton, were overcome by excessive heat inside flat 72 of Shirle...

Joint Berkshire Oxfordshire fire HQ location chosen

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  • July 10, 2012
The proposed location for a joint control centre for Berkshire and Oxfordshire's fire services has been revealed as Calcot near Reading. The two county's fire teams want a combined operation to receive their 999 calls and to mobilise fire engines. Th...

Lorry crashes into Ilford house injuring woman

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  • July 10, 2012
A woman has been left with a head injury after a lorry crashed into a house on Eastern Avenue in Ilford, east London. The lorry smashed into the building at about 13:00 BST. London Fire Brigade said it received reports of the lorry first colliding wi...

Guernsey to hold emergency exercise after Jersey gas fire

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  • July 10, 2012
Emergency services are to stage an exercise at Guernsey's gas storage facilities after a fire in Jersey last week. Paul Whitfield, Chief Officer of the Home Department, said the simulated blaze would take place in November. A fire at a gas storage ta...

Tin of spaghetti on toaster causes London flat fire

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  • July 10, 2012
A fire which damaged a north London maisonette was probably caused by a toaster being used to heat a tin of spaghetti. Two men escaped the fire in Upper Holloway, on Monday night, said London Fire Brigade. Watch manager Adam Barnett said: "The two me...

Colchester chemical scare: Council 'puzzled' by cause

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  • July 10, 2012
A council in Essex has said it is "very puzzled" by the cause of a second suspected chemical leak at one of its buildings in 10 days. Essex County Council's offices in The Crescent, Colchester, were evacuated on Monday morning after 11 staff complain...

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