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Fire crews tackle Walthamstow warehouse blaze

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  • August 26, 2012
More than 70 firefighters have tackled a warehouse blaze in east London that threatened to spread to neighbouring buildings. In total 15 fire engines were sent to Hookers Road, off Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow, at 03:37 BST. By 12:00 BST, the fire ...

Pensioner dies in blaze at house in Downpatrick

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  • August 26, 2012
A pensioner has died in a fire in Downpatrick, County Down. The blaze took hold in the Bridge Street area of the town at 06.35am on Saturday. The woman who died was in her 70s. The police have not yet released her name. The fire is not being treated ...

M4 crash: Three in hospital after lorry and car collide

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  • August 26, 2012
Three people, including a baby, have been taken to hospital following a crash on the M4 on Saturday morning. South Wales Fire Service said a car and lorry collided westbound between junctions 36 and 37 (Sarn and Pyle). Firefighters had to use special...

Huge blast stops Venezuela's main oil refinery Amuay

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  • August 26, 2012
A huge explosion at Venezuela's biggest oil refinery has killed at least 26 people and halted production for two days, officials say. At least 80 people were also injured in the blast which started a fire at the Amuay plant in Falcon state in the nor...

Kilbirnie Street fire deaths marked in 40th anniversary service

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  • August 26, 2012
A service is being held at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the 40th anniversary of a blaze in a warehouse in the city in which seven firemen died. They were rescuing a trapped colleague when a flashover occurred - a burst of flame and intense heat up to 1,...

Malton jockey fire deaths: Flat owner appears in court

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  • August 26, 2012
The owner of a block of flats in North Yorkshire where two jockeys died has appeared in court charged with 17 breaches of safety regulations. Alan Foster, 65, of Commercial Street in Norton, was bailed and is due to appear at York Crown Court in Octo...

Traders stalls damaged in suspicious fire in Edinburgh

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  • August 26, 2012
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious fire damaged a number of traders' stalls in Parliament Square. The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday, and damaged seven stalls, causing an estimated £3,500 worth of damage....

Kenya sackings after deadly school dormitory fire

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  • August 26, 2012
Kenya's education minister has sacked two top education officers after the deadly fire at a private junior school near the lakeside city of Kisumu. Eight girls died on Wednesday night when they were unable to open the dormitory's door to escape the b...

Firefighters showcase rescue work at Lincoln event

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  • August 26, 2012
Car crashes, river rescues and collapsed buildings are all challenges being faced by teams taking part in the UK Rescue Challenge in Lincoln. The event involves 130 firefighting teams competing against each other in a series of simulated rescues. The...

Plan to end Orkney, Shetland and Highland fire units

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  • August 26, 2012
Three retained fire stations in the Northern Isles and a community response unit in the Highlands look set to be discontinued. The stations on Foula and Outer Skerries in Shetland, Flotta in Orkney, and Boat of Garten's community unit have been deeme...

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