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Lakanal House Fire: 'No fire risk assessment' done of tower

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  • March 6, 2013
No valid fire risk assessment was in place when a fire broke out in a south-east London tower block claiming six lives in 2009, an inquest has heard. New rules from 2006 meant all councils were required to carry out fire risk assessments on their pro...

Man dies in Datchet house blaze

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  • March 6, 2013
A man has died in a house fire in Berkshire. Crews were called to the two-storey detached property on Linchfield Road in Datchet, Slough, at about 08:20 GMT. It took about 25 firefighters to put out the blaze, which caused 80% damage to the first flo...

Merseyside police and fire control centre to go ahead

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  • March 6, 2013
Emergency control rooms for the police and fire service on Merseyside will soon be based in the same building. Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has signed a contract giving the go-ahead for a new joint Police and Fire Command and Control Ce...

Partnership plans for Northamptonshire police and fire backed

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  • March 6, 2013
Plans to merge some police and fire service functions in Northamptonshire, put forward by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), have been backed by the crime panel. Commissioner Adam Simmonds said the police and fire services were looking to work ...

Derby death blaze: Mick Philpott 'couldn't believe arrest'

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  • March 6, 2013
A father accused of killing six of his children in a house fire expressed disbelief he was being arrested over the blaze, a court has heard. Det Con Steven Barnes told Nottingham Crown Court Mick Philpott, 56, said: "I just can't believe this is happ...

Man escapes from car in sea in Jersey

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  • March 6, 2013
A man had to smash his window to escape after his car ended up in the sea at Bouley Bay in Jersey. Jersey's emergency services received a call to say a car had gone off the slipway at about 22:45 GMT on Tuesday. The 50-year-old driver was taken to Je...

Patrol cars set alight outside Abbotts Langley police station

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  • March 6, 2013
A man who set two patrol cars on fire outside a Hertfordshire police station has cost the taxpayer "thousands", police said. CCTV footage showed him smash the rear side windows of the cars, which were were parked at the Abbots Langley police station ...

Pat Watters gives fire service accountability assurance

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  • March 6, 2013
The chairman of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has said there will be no loss of local accountability when services amalgamate on 1 April. Pat Watters was in Dumfries inspecting a new £1.2m training centre on the outskirts of the town. Sco...

Woman in her 60s dies in Leeds house fire

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  • March 6, 2013
A woman believed to be in her 60s has died after a house fire in Leeds. Police said they were called to the property in Brownhill Crescent, Harehills at 01:25 GMT. Firefighters searched the property and found the unconscious woman who was taken to ho...

Lakanal House had 'little resistance to fire'

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  • March 6, 2013
An inquest into the deaths of six people who died in a tower block blaze in 2009 has heard the exterior of the flats provided "very little resistance to fire". The window and panel system of Lakanal House in Camberwell, south-east London, was said to...

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