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Petrochemical train explodes in Quebec's Lac-Megantic

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  • July 6, 2013
A driverless train carrying light crude oil has exploded in a Canadian town, forcing the evacuation of 1,000 people. The blast sent a fireball and black smoke into the air, destroying dozens of buildings in Lac-Megantic, some 155 miles (250 km) east ...

Thornhill house fire leaves two in hospital

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  • July 6, 2013
Two people have been taken to hospital after a house fire in Southampton. The blaze at Hinkler Road in Thornhill broke out just after 12:00 BST - the fire service said seven people were inside the house at the time. Station manager Nigel Cooper said ...

Hundreds of firefighters compete in Liverpool rescue event

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  • July 6, 2013
Six hundred firefighters from across the UK and Europe took part in a series of rescue challenges at an event to showcase their skills in Liverpool. Hundreds of spectators watched teams compete in vehicle, water and rope rescue situations in the Unit...

Arsonist search after Slough car park blaze

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  • July 6, 2013
An arsonist is being sought by police after cars were set on fire in a car park below a block of flats. The vehicles underneath Queen's Court, Baylis, Slough were set on fire in the early hours. Det Insp Nicola Denard said: "The vehicles were set ali...

Mansfield house fire probe after couple rescued

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  • July 6, 2013
Two people had to be rescued from a house fire in Nottinghamshire. The couple were trapped by the fire in the house in Beck Crescent, Mansfield, which started at about 22:45 BST on Friday night. Both were led to safety and the woman needed oxygen tre...

Man burnt 'lighting barbeque with petrol' in Rayleigh

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  • July 6, 2013
A man who tried to light a barbeque with a can of petrol suffered burns to his right arm, Essex Fire Service has said. The 42-year-old man was injured on Friday evening in Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, and treated by paramedics. Stuart McMillan, divisiona...

Poundland withdraws Chinese lanterns from sale

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  • July 6, 2013
Poundland will stop selling Chinese lanterns after one, not sold by the company, sparked a huge fire. More than 200 firefighters attended a blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic in Smethwick in the West Midlands on Sunday. "We have made a decisio...

Piper Alpha: How we survived North Sea disaster

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  • July 6, 2013
On 6 July 1988 a series of explosions ripped through the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea. In the space of two hours, 167 men lost their lives. It remains the world's worst offshore oil disaster. Amazingly 61 men survived - some by jumping 175ft...

Man arrested over suspected Downpatrick arson

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  • July 6, 2013
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of arson endangering life. It follows a fire at Colmcille Road area in Downpatrick on Friday evening. Police and firefighters were called at around 1715 BST following reports of a fire at a house in...

Merseyside skip fire creates smoke plume across Liverpool

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  • July 6, 2013
A fire at a Merseyside skip firm created a plume of black smoke visible across Liverpool. The blaze started in a pile of waste materials measuring 20m (65ft) squared and 6m (19ft) high at the site on Redfern Street, Kirkdale. A large number of plasti...

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