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Fuel tanker fire in Uganda kills 30 people

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  • July 1, 2013
At least 30 people have died in a fire after a fuel tanker was hit by another vehicle on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Passers-by and road-users, who had crowded around to salvage the spilling fuel, were caught in flames when a fire ...

Smethwick fire: Chinese lantern 'caused largest blaze'

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  • July 1, 2013
A huge fire involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material, thought to have been sparked by a Chinese lantern, has been contained say firefighters. Crews described the blaze, which also involved a factory unit, as the largest they had seen in...

Arizona wildfire near Yarnell kills 19 firefighters

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  • July 1, 2013
At least 19 US firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona, local officials say. They died while fighting the blaze threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix. The fire was started by lightn...

Smethwick fire: Saving wildlife after a huge blaze

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  • July 1, 2013
As fire crews battle to put out a major blaze involving plastic recycling material in Smethwick, thoughts turn to protecting the surrounding environment. Key concerns in the immediate hours after the fire began are the impact of potential pollutant...

Five problems caused by Chinese lanterns

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  • July 1, 2013
A massive fire at a recycling plant in the West Midlands is thought to have been started by Chinese lanterns. As well as fire risk they're associated with other problems. Fire chiefs called for an "urgent review" into the use of Chinese lanterns afte...

South Wales fire service crews attacked attending blaze

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  • July 1, 2013
Fire crews have been attacked by a group of youths while attending a call in Abersychan near Pontypool, says South Wales fire service. Crews had been called to reports of a small fire when a group of youths threw cans at the appliance. A spokeswoman ...

Smethwick recycling factory fire: 'Largest blaze' in West Midlands

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  • July 1, 2013
Firefighters tackling a blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory unit say it is one of the largest fires seen in the West Midlands. The fire service said 200 firefighters were at the scene in Smethwick. Three firefig...

Firefighters die battling Arizona wildfire

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  • July 1, 2013
At least 19 US firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in central Arizona, local officials say. They died while fighting the blaze threatening the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles (130km) north-west of Phoenix. The fire was started by lightn...

Welsh civil emergency plans need improving say AMs

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  • July 1, 2013
The way Wales responds to big civil emergencies such as flooding needs to improve, say assembly members. There is "room for improvement" in the way police, fire, medical services and local councils respond, according to the Public Accounts Committee....

Call by assembly members to improve emergency response

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  • July 1, 2013
Parts of Wales have been devastated by floods in recent years and a new report by a committee of assembly members says the way organisations respond to major floods and other civil emergencies could be improved. The assembly's public accounts committ...

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