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Homes in Grays evacuated after crash causes gas leak

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  • May 29, 2013
Sixty properties have been evacuated in Grays after a car crash caused a ruptured gas main. Essex Police said a Nissan Almera and a Toyota Hiace crashed on Stanford Road and one car hit a green box containing a gas main. East of England Ambulance, Es...

Sharkey fire deaths: Accused 'slashed man on face'

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  • May 29, 2013
A man who was slashed on the face has told a jury that he was attacked by one of two men accused of murdering three people in a house fire in Helensburgh. At the High Court in Glasgow, Richard McKinney identified Robert Jennings as the man who slashe...

California wildfires: Thousands forced to evacuate

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  • May 29, 2013
Thousands of holiday campers and nearby residents have been forced to evacuate the mountains of Santa Barbara County, California. The fire broke out in the White Rock camping area of Los Padres National Forest but spread quickly due to heavy winds. H...

Royal Caribbean cruise cancelled in Bahamas after fire

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  • May 29, 2013
A fire has broken out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, forcing more than 2,200 passengers to end their trip early. The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was en route to CocoCay in the Bahamas when fire broke out in the moorin...

Camberley fire station gets 4x4 to tackle heath fires

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  • May 27, 2013
A new 4x4 fire and rescue vehicle designed to tackle heath and woodland fires is being used by firefighters at a fire station in Camberley, Surrey. The Unimog can be used off-road and has capacity for 5,000 litres of water and 200 litres of foam. Sta...

Tate Gallery St Ives fire: Fears over smoke damage

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  • May 27, 2013
Staff at the Tate Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall, fear some its artworks may have suffered smoke damage in a fire. The blaze, which is thought to have started in the kitchen corridor just after 12:30 BST, has been extinguished, a gallery spokesman has ...

Police officer finds man on fire in Bishop Auckland garden

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  • May 27, 2013
A man found on fire in the front garden of house in County Durham, is being treated for serious burns. The 30-year-old, who has not been named, was found by a police officer on the Woodhouse Close Estate, Bishop Auckland, on Sunday evening. A Durham ...

Llandudno: Alexandra Hotel evacuated after fire in roof

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  • May 27, 2013
A hotel in the north Wales resort of Llandudno was evacuated after a fire in its roof space. Crews were called to the five storey Grade II listed Alexandra Hotel in the town centre at 20:11 BST on Sunday. The blaze was in the roof space and five appl...

Fire at Hexham's Egger chipboard factory under control

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  • May 27, 2013
A fire which ripped through a timber processing plant in Northumberland has been brought under control. The blaze at Egger's Hexham plant on the banks of the River Tyne began at about 22:30 BST on Sunday and at its height was attended by 60 firefight...

Nurse pleads guilty to deadly Sydney nursing home blaze

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  • May 27, 2013
A nurse who started a fire at a Sydney nursing home has admitted 11 counts of murder. The guilty plea came as Roger Dean, 37, went on trial over the 18 November 2011 blaze at the Quakers' Hill Nursing Home. The fire engulfed a building that was home ...

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