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Bangladesh Dhaka building collapse leaves 87 dead

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  • April 24, 2013
At least 87 people have been killed and many others trapped after an eight-storey building housing garment factories collapsed outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Firefighters and army personnel are leading the operation to rescue those caught be...

Sheffield Ski Village: Fourth fire in a year breaks out

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  • April 24, 2013
A fire has broken out at a Sheffield outdoor ski centre, nearly a year after a series of fires shut down the site. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the service had received more than 120 calls about the latest blaze at Ski Village on Vale Road, w...

Prestatyn fire deaths trial's closing speeches

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  • April 24, 2013
A woman killed five members of the same family in a house fire in an act "driven by a desire for revenge", a court has heard. In his closing speech, Ian Murphy QC, prosecuting, said Melanie Smith, 43, "had all the ingredients of murder". She denies m...

Call for NIFRS chairman to resign

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  • April 24, 2013
Members of the Public Accounts Committee have called for the resignation of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). The SDLP's John Dallat called for "a further deep-dive investigation" into the affairs of NIFRS and said...

Gloucestershire disaster simulation for emergency crews

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  • April 24, 2013
A "tragedy on a massive scale" has been simulated in Gloucestershire as a training exercise for emergency crews. Search-and-rescue teams, on both land and water, responded to a fabricated mid-air collision between two aircraft at the Cotswold Water P...

MP calls for rethink on Taunton fire service cuts

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  • April 24, 2013
A Somerset MP is urging the local fire authority to rethink plans to cut firefighters at Taunton Fire Station. Taunton Deane Lib Dem Jeremy Browne is concerned that Devon and Somerset Fire Authority wants to reduce its two full-time fire crews at the...

Man 'critical' after Abingdon care home fire

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  • April 24, 2013
A man is in a critical condition after he was rescued from a fire at a care home in Oxfordshire. The 48-year-old was rescued from The Knowl on Stert Street, Abingdon, after the blaze broke out at about 04:15 BST. He was treated at the scene for burns...

Dozens of homes destroyed in Chile forest fire

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  • April 24, 2013
A fire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, north west of the capital Santiago has forced the evacuation of 150 families. The blaze has destroyed at least 60 homes and devastated around 60 hectares (148 acres) of land. This is the second major fir...

Horwich recycling plant blaze tackled by 40 firefighters

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  • April 24, 2013
A blaze at a waste recycling plant in Bolton has been brought under control by up to 50 firefighters. Residents were told to keep their windows and doors shut because of smoke from the Armstrongs plant in Horwich. Crews were called to the plant on Ch...

Bexhill sheltered housing fire: Eight residents rescued

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  • April 24, 2013
Eight people were rescued from a smoke-filled sheltered housing complex in Bexhill after fire broke out. They were led to safety by fire crews after the fire was discovered on the second floor of Thalia House, in London Road, just after 07:20 BST. Am...

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