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Why Grampian is losing its unusual white fire engines, and other questions...

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  • March 30, 2013
Scotland's eight regional fire and rescue services are to merge into a single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 1 April. But what exactly will be different if you ring 999? And what is the future for Grampian's unusual white fire engines? When Gram...

Fire in Mumbai's Andheri factory kills five people

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  • March 30, 2013
Five people have been killed and three others injured in a fire that swept through a factory in the western Indian city of Mumbai, fire brigade officials said. The fire broke out after an explosion in the chemical factory in the Andheri area early on...

Lakanal House: 'Missed opportunities to make tower safe'

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  • March 30, 2013
The jury at an inquest into the deaths of six people killed in a south-east London tower block fire found "numerous opportunities" were missed to carry out fire safety checks inside the building. Narrative verdicts into the victims' deaths at Lakanal...

Man dies four months after Wigan flat fire

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  • March 30, 2013
A man rescued from a fire at his flat in Greater Manchester has died after spending four months in hospital. The 54-year-old man suffered burns to his body in the fire on Livingstone Street, Ashton, Wigan, in December. Firefighters were called to rep...

Lakanal House fire: A tragedy waiting to happen?

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  • March 30, 2013
Six people died when fire swept through a London block of flats in July 2009. But was this a tragedy waiting to happen? Huddled in a flat as flames spread through the building, their terror can only be imagined. They had had been advised to stay put ...

Children rescued from house fire started by hair straighteners

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  • March 30, 2013
Two children have been rescued from a house fire started by hair straighteners. The boys, aged four and five, were taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation after the fire in Pinner, north-west London. The London Fire Brigade said a woman at the a...

Lakanal House fire: Inquest verdicts due into six deaths

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  • March 28, 2013
Verdicts are due in the inquests into the deaths of six people killed in a huge tower block fire in south-east London. Three children were among those who died in the blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell in July 2009. The inquest has heard 10 weeks o...

Spate of Highland wildfires tackled

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  • March 28, 2013
Firefighters have been tackling a series of large wildfires across the Highlands. The most serious blaze was at Strontian on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, where flames two miles across were encroaching on the village. Crews have also been battling wild...

South Wales fire crews tackle two house fires

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  • March 28, 2013
Fire crews have spent the evening tackling two separate house fires in the Cynon and Rhondda Valleys. Crews from Tonypandy and Porth were called to a terraced house in Tonypandy at 18:30 GMT on Wednesday, where the ground floor was badly damaged. Fir...

3,400 set for World Police and Fire Games in Belfast

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  • March 28, 2013
Organisers of the World Police and Fire Games have confirmed that just under 3,500 athletes have registered for this summer's event. That is almost 7,000 down on the government's projected target of 10,000 participants. World Police and Fire games pr...

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