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Lakanal House fire: Victim's 'hour-long 999 call'

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  • January 14, 2013
An inquest has heard that a woman who was killed in a fire at a tower block in south London fell unconscious while making a 999 call to the fire brigade. Catherine Hickman was one of six people who died inside their flats at Lakanal House in Camberwe...

Harlow fire deaths: Two people may have vital information

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  • January 14, 2013
Two people who left information for police investigating the deaths of a woman and her five children in Essex are being asked to make contact again. Seventy officers are investigating the fatal fire in Barn Mead, Harlow. Sabah Usmani, sons Muneeb, ni...

Blackpool club fire: Manager pleads not guilty to arson

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  • January 14, 2013
A man has pleaded not guilty to causing a fire which destroyed the social club he managed in Blackpool. The fire at the Trades and Social Club in Chadwick Street in October 2011 led to the top floor of the building being demolished. Barry Griezans, f...

Man dies after Ledbury garden bonfire 'fireball'

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  • January 14, 2013
A man who was severely burned by a fireball from a garden bonfire has died, hospital staff say. Lee Vine, 50, was flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 30 December after fire crews were called to Falcon Lane in Ledbury. He died on Fr...

London fire station closure plans opposed by council

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  • January 14, 2013
Concerns over plans to close a fire station close to the Houses of Parliament have been raised by a Conservative council. London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson has unveiled plans to close 12 fire stations with the loss of 520 jobs, to save £45m over t...

Fire crews tackle major blaze at a Co-op store in Troon

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  • January 14, 2013
Fire crews from Ayrshire have battled to prevent a blaze at a Co-op store in Troon from spreading to nearby homes and businesses. Emergency services were alerted to the fire, at the store in the town's Dundonald Road, following reports of smoke in th...

Sheerness dockworkers injured in warehouse blaze

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  • January 14, 2013
Five people have been injured in a large blaze at a warehouse at a Kent dockyard. Six fire engines and up to 50 firefighters spent about 90 minutes tackling the fire at a building at Sheerness docks on the Isle of Sheppey. Five men suffered smoke inh...

Hawick pensioner badly burned in fire

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  • January 14, 2013
A pensioner is being treated in hospital after being badly burned in a weekend fire in Hawick. The 75-year-old woman suffered 25% burns after a dropped cigarette set her night clothes alight. Fire crews raced to the house in the town's Wellogate Brae...

Lakanal House fire: Victim's 'hour-long 999 call'

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  • January 14, 2013
A woman who died in a fire at flats in south London fell unconscious while on a 999 call pleading for help for almost an hour, an inquest heard. Catherine Hickman, 31, made the call from her 11th-floor home in Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3 July 200...

Weymouth hamster rescue fire woman criticised

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  • January 14, 2013
A woman has been criticised by a fire chief after she re-entered her burning flat to try to rescue her pet hamsters. Residents at the block in St Mary Street in Weymouth, Dorset, managed to escape the blaze which started just after 18:00 GMT on Sunda...

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