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Man survives gas cooker explosion in Southsea

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  • July 25, 2012
An elderly man escaped unhurt from a large explosion caused by a gas cooker left on overnight in his house in Hampshire. Fire crews were called to Welch Road in Southsea shortly before 04:00 BST following a report of a loud explosion. There was no fi...

Walsall town centre remains partly closed after fire

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  • July 25, 2012
Roads around a six-storey former leather factory gutted by fire in Walsall remain closed off, police say. The fire broke out at the old Boak building on Station Street on Monday night and much of the surrounding area was closed off on Tuesday. West M...

Body of boy, 14, recovered from River Avon in Saltford

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  • July 25, 2012
The body of a 14-year-old boy has been recovered from a stretch of the River Avon between Bristol and Bath. The boy was swimming in the water behind the Jolly Sailor pub in Saltford at about 17:40 BST on Tuesday when he disappeared beneath the surfac...

Stevenage lake jetty fire 'caused by heat'

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  • July 24, 2012
The "heat of the day" caused a rubber jetty to catch fire at a lake in Stevenage, creating a plume of black smoke, Hertfordshire fire service said. The service was called to the blaze at Fairlands Valley Park at about 17:30 BST. The cloud of smoke fr...

Fire breaks out at Stiperstones nature reserve

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  • July 24, 2012
About 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a Shropshire nature reserve. Crews were called out to the Stiperstones in the south Shropshire hills at about 15:00 BST. The landlord at the Stiperstones Inn, Philip Jones, said: "Outside the pub you can ...

Listed Friars Mill in Leicester guarded after fire

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  • July 24, 2012
A Grade-II listed former factory which was severely damaged in a fire will now be guarded 24 hours a day. Leicester city mayor Peter Soulsby said Friars Mill is of "enormous historical and architectural importance" and the council wants to protect it...

Person trapped under rocks after Dorset landslide

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  • July 24, 2012
A person has been trapped on a beach after a landslip of hundreds of tonnes of rocks near a Dorset holiday park, sparking a major search effort. Helicopters are being used to search the area around Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, near Bridport. It is ...

Fire destroys part of St Clement house in Jersey

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  • July 24, 2012
Part of an abandoned house has collapsed after it caught fire in St Clement in Jersey. Jersey's fire service has been tackling the blaze while police said nobody was in the house at the time and nobody is believed to have been hurt. A police spokesma...

Olive Williamson, 97, 'saves neighbours' in fire

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  • July 24, 2012
A 97-year-old woman "saved" residents at a sheltered housing complex in Essex by raising the alarm during a fire. "Quick thinking" Olive Williamson detected the fire, which had failed to set off a smoke alarm, at Langland Close, Corringham, early on ...

Spain wildfire: Officials hope to tame Catalan blaze

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  • July 24, 2012
More favourable weather conditions have raised Spanish hopes of bringing a deadly wildfire burning in Catalonia since Sunday under control. Officials in the north-eastern region point to a drop in temperatures coupled with increased humidity and the ...

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