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Smethwick blaze: Suppliers asked to stop lanterns sale

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  • July 3, 2013
Chinese lanterns suppliers have been urged to stop selling them after one caused a blaze at a recycling plant. A team of firefighters is still at the scene of the fire, involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic, at the Jayplas depot in Smethwick, West Midl...

Janitor rescued from fire at Gowanbank Primary school

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  • July 3, 2013
A janitor has been rescued from the grounds of a burning school in a major blaze firefighters believe was started deliberately. Fire crews were alerted to the blaze at Gowanbank Primary in the Nitshill area of Glasgow at about 05:00. They helped jani...

Faringdon flat fire man rescued

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  • July 3, 2013
A man survived a flat fire which left him "completely blackened by smoke" after being rescued by firefighters. Fire crews were called to a low-rise block of flats in Russ Avenue, Faringdon, after a neighbour raised the alarm on Tuesday evening. They ...

Fire Union 'shocked' at further cuts announcement

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  • July 3, 2013
The Fire Brigades Union said it was shocked and confused" after Devon's fire chief announced an extra £2.5m worth of cuts. The Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell, has announced that 40 back room posts are likely to go, on top of plans to axe 149 front-l...

One dead in Walton-on-Thames town centre flat fire

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  • July 3, 2013
A person has died in a fire in a flat in Walton-on-Thames. Firefighters went to the flat in a block of apartments above the town's Heart shopping centre in the early hours. Surrey Police, who were alerted by fire crews at about 01:00 BST, said the oc...

Smethwick fire: Government rejects lantern ban

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  • July 3, 2013
The government has rejected the idea of a ban on Chinese lanterns after one was found to have caused a fire at West Midlands recycling plant. About 60 firefighters remain at the fire involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic material in Smethwick. The MP f...

Smethwick recycling plant fire: CCTV shows lantern landing

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  • July 3, 2013
CCTV footage showing a Chinese lantern landing at a recycling plant in the West Midlands before a huge fire started has been released. At its height, about 200 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic material ...

Sharkey fire trial accused 'seen on CCTV'

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  • July 3, 2013
A CCTV analyst has told a trial that one of the men accused of murdering a father and his two children was captured on film minutes before the fatal fire. Det Con Jennifer Bell told the High Court in Glasgow that she viewed the clip, taken from a cam...

Devon and Somerset Fire Service savings plans increased to £8m

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  • July 3, 2013
Devon and Somerset's fire service needs to save a further £2.5m on top of £5.5m already planned over the next two years, managers say. Firefighting equipment and stations also faced going from being crewed full-time to just being on-call under the ...

Arson arrest after two men die in Southport house fire

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  • July 3, 2013
A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following the deaths of two men in a house fire on Merseyside. The men's bodies were found by firefighters called to the blaze at a property in Eden Avenue, Southport, at about 03:00 BST on Monday. A Mers...

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