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M6 closed in West Midlands after lorry fire

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  • January 9, 2013
Part of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands had to be closed northbound when a lorry caught fire. The carriageway was closed between junction seven for Walsall and junction nine for Wednesfield at about 16:00 GMT, the Highways Agency said. West Midl...

Fire service in Highlands 'will need more support after merger'

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  • January 9, 2013
Problems at Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service will not be resolved by the time it is replaced by a new single service, a review has found. The chief inspector of fire services said HIFRS had made "impressive" progress after concerns were ...

Seastreak Wall Street ferry crash hurts 57 in New York

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  • January 9, 2013
A New York passenger ferry has hit a dock during the Manhattan rush hour, injuring 57 people and tearing a hole in the vessel's bow. Eleven people have been seriously injured, the Associated Press reports. The Seastreak Wall Street ferry hit the moor...

Injured Strathclyde firefighters win £445,000 damages

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  • January 9, 2013
Two firefighters have been awarded damages totalling more than £445,000 after being injured while tackling a garage blaze in South Lanarkshire. Former Motherwell FC player Brian Dempsie, 29, who was a trainee at the time, was awarded £332,500. His ...

Nigeria: Explosion in Lagos port

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  • January 9, 2013
An oil depot in the port area of the Nigerian city of Lagos has been hit by a major explosion and fire. The blast, which shook buildings in the Apapa area, happened during a transfer of fuel, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said. Fire...

Weymouth caravan fire body 'woman in 20s'

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  • January 9, 2013
A body found following a fire in a caravan in Dorset is that of a woman, police have said. Firefighters were called to Ryemead Lane, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, at 22:00 GMT on Monday. The body was discovered in the remains of the caravan. Dorset police sa...

Planning approval for training college at Desertcreat

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  • January 9, 2013
Planning permission has been granted for NI's first police, prison and fire officer training centre. The facility at Desertcreat, just outside Cookstown will provide new teaching, training and residential facilities. It is comprised of more than 23,0...

Oxfordshire fire and rescue call-outs down by 15%

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  • January 9, 2013
The budget to pay retained firefighters in Oxfordshire has been cut following a 15% fall in the number of emergency call-outs in the last five years. Oxfordshire's fire service said there were 1,020 fewer call-outs in 2011/12 compared with 2007/08. T...

Man held after fire at Govan flats

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  • January 9, 2013
A man has been arrested after a fire was set in a tenement flat in the Govan area of Glasgow in the early hours of Wednesday. The man was spotted by witnesses after curtains at the property were set on fire. A number of people were forced to flee the...

Morecombe buildings on fire in shopping area

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  • January 9, 2013
More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a fire in one of Morecambe's major shopping streets. Crews from Lancaster, Carnforth and Bolton le Sands joined Morecambe crews to tackle the fire at the corner of Yorkshire Street and Regent Road. Firefig...

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