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China mine fire kills at least 11 in Hebei

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  • February 28, 2013
A fire at a mine in China's Hebei province has left 11 miners said, state media report. The Xinhua news agency said the miners were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, after a fan at the mine in Huailai County caught fire. Two other workers were sti...

Sandhill Park fire: Four jailed for mansion arson attack

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  • February 28, 2013
Arsonists who torched a Grade II-listed mansion in Somerset have been jailed. Stuart Walter, 23, of Lympsham, Nathan Goldfinch and Marcus Tancock, both 20 and from Weston, and Liam Grant, 19, of Cheddar all pleaded guilty to arson. The "particularly ...

Derby death blaze accused conversations played in court

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  • February 28, 2013
Covert recordings by police of conversations between a couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire have been played in court. Mick and Mairead Philpott were heard talking in a hotel room, which was being monitored 24 hours a day. In ...

UK Fire Service College sale completed to Capita

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  • February 28, 2013
The UK's main national training centre for fire and rescue workers has been sold to a private company for £10m. Capita has bought the 365-acre Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, which was previously owned by the government. T...

Essex fireman Peter Ballisat was 'too tall' for tanks

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  • February 28, 2013
A firefighter has told how his dreams of driving an army tank were dashed - because he was too tall. At 6ft 8in (2m), Peter Ballisat, of Halstead, is thought to be Essex Fire and Rescue Service's tallest fireman. The 20-year-old joined the Household ...

Plymouth's Boringdon Hall hotel evacuated after fire

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  • February 28, 2013
Guests were evacuated from a 16th Century hotel in Devon when a fire broke out. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews used breathing apparatus to tackle the fire in the ground floor laundry room at Boringdon Hall, Plympton. Forty gues...

McElhill fire deaths: Relatives sue for damages

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  • February 28, 2013
A health authority and a police force are being sued over a case in which a convicted sex offender killed himself and his family in a house fire. Relatives are claiming there was negligence in the supervision and monitoring of Arthur McElhill, who se...

Horses rescued from New Forest farmhouse fire

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  • February 28, 2013
About 12 horses have been rescued from their stables after a blaze at a farm in Hampshire. Firefighters were called to the fire in Hill Top, Brockenhurst just before 16:30 GMT on Wednesday. Some of the horses were led to safety, others were cared for...

Derby death blaze accused trio 'rehearsed fire'

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  • February 28, 2013
Three people accused of killing six children in a fire "rehearsed" the act six weeks before, a court heard. Witness Melissa John told Nottingham Crown Court she heard the plan was for Mr and Mrs Philpott to run into the road and shout for help. She s...

Firefighters tackle Wepham cottage blaze

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  • February 28, 2013
About 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze which badly damaged a thatched cottage near Arundel. West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews were called to the incident in the village of Wepham on Wednesday night and were still fighting the fire o...

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