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Electrical fire at Saudi wedding 'kills 25'

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  • October 31, 2012
Twenty-five people have died and 30 others were hurt in a fire at a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports say. Hundreds were inside the courtyard of a home in the village of Ain Badr, in the Abqaiq region, when the blaze began. A high-voltage powe...

Carbon monoxide alarms in new NI homes now compulsory

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  • October 31, 2012
Carbon monoxide alarms have become a legal requirement in all new homes in Northern Ireland. The new law comes as research suggests half of the UK population mistakenly believe their household smoke alarms will alert them to the gas. The law follows ...

Berkshire fire team's rescue challenge win

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  • October 31, 2012
A team of Berkshire firefighters has successfully defended the world championship title for rescuing people trapped in vehicles. The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Extrication team competed against firefighters from across the world at the W...

Catherine Junior School in Leicester closed after fire

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  • October 31, 2012
A Leicester school will be closed until further notice following a fire which caused 400 children to be evacuated. The fire started at Catherine Junior School, in Brandon Street, at about 14:00 GMT. Firefighters had to break their way into a sealed r...

Sandy: Storm-hit New York declared major disaster area

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  • October 31, 2012
US President Barack Obama has declared a "major disaster" in New York state after storm Sandy smashed into the US East Coast, causing flooding and cutting power to millions. A record 4m (13ft) tidal surge sent seawater cascading into large parts of N...

Hurricane Sandy: NY firefighter tells of Queens rescue

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  • October 31, 2012
"Super-storm" Sandy has swept into the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds, bringing flooding, cutting power and claiming at least 13 lives. The BBC's Ben Thompson in New York says it does appear as if the city's worst fears have been realised. ...

Work on Bromsgrove emergency hub gets under way

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  • October 30, 2012
Building work has started on a combined emergency services station in Worcestershire. The new police and fire station in Bromsgrove will also incorporate an ambulance response post. The development will replace the police and fire stations currently ...

Fire causes explosion near Mullingar shopping centre

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  • October 30, 2012
A fire has caused an explosion at the back of a shopping centre in County Westmeath. Police said the fire broke out in a storage shed behind a Penneys and a Marks and Spencer shop in Mullingar on Monday afternoon. It quickly spread and led to the exp...

Woman's four murder charges after Prestatyn flat fire

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  • October 30, 2012
A 42-year-old woman has been charged with four counts of murder following a Denbighshire flat fire. Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her 15-month-old son Charlie, nephew Bailey Allen, four, and two-year-old niece Skye died after the blaze in Prestatyn on 19 Octo...

Fairnilee House blaze fought by firefighters

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  • October 30, 2012
About 40 firefighters are battling a "fierce" blaze at a mansion house in the Scottish Borders. The alarm was raised at about 12:20 at Fairnilee House near Yair and a number of vehicles were sent to the scene. When crews arrived, they found a fire on...

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