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Hydro arena blaze damage bill could reach £5m

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  • July 26, 2013
The cost of the damage caused by a blaze at Glasgow's new Hydro arena could reach £5m, it has been estimated. Last month's fire, which broke out in the roof during construction work, led to fears that the official opening would be delayed. But John ...

Dozens die as Spanish train derails in Galicia

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  • July 25, 2013
A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 of its 218 passengers and injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region say. All eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de...

Rock water sports centre on fire

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  • July 25, 2013
More than 40 firefighters are battling to control a fire at a water sports centre in north Cornwall The fire started early in the morning at the centre in Rock near Wadebridge. Crews from Wadebridge, Bodmin, Delabole and St Austell are at the fire, w...

Arson suspected in Padiham recycling plant blaze

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  • July 25, 2013
A fire which sent a huge plume of thick black smoke from a recycling plant in Lancashire was probably caused deliberately, the fire service said. Firefighters spent the night damping down after the blaze at a plastics recycling plant in Padiham on We...

World Police and Fire Games: Ice hockey matches to begin

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  • July 25, 2013
The first event in the World Police and Fire Games takes place in Belfast on Thursday with the start of the ice hockey tournament. The opening ceremony of the games is on Thursday of next week, but the 26-team international ice hockey competition is ...

Gas drilling rig on fire in Gulf of Mexico

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  • July 25, 2013
A fire has broken out on a rig drilling for gas in the Gulf of Mexico, 55 miles (85km) off the Louisiana coast, US officials say. A blowout at the well on Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of 44 workers from the platform. US Coast Guard and feder...

Snowden and Jennings guilty of Sharkey fire murders

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  • July 25, 2013
Two men have been convicted of murdering three members of the Sharkey family by setting fire to their home in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute. Scott Snowden, 38, and 50-year-old Robert Jennings had denied torching the house in the town's Scott Court. Th...

Freckleton fire: Dyson Allen guilty of sibling deaths

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  • July 25, 2013
A teenager has been found guilty of manslaughter after starting a fire that killed four siblings in Freckleton, Lancashire. Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and brothers Jordan, two, and Reece, 19, died on 7 January last year. Dyson Allen, 19...

Man arrested after fire damages four houses in Tiverton

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  • July 25, 2013
A man has been arrested after a fire broke out in a house and damaged three other neighbouring homes. Seven fire pumps were called to Magnolia Court in Tiverton, Devon, after several people reported the fire at about 16:00 BST on Tuesday, Devon and S...

Derbyshire fire strike cover plan prompts FBU dismay

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  • July 25, 2013
Volunteers with two weeks of training are to be used as cover in the event of a firefighters strike in Derbyshire. The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU) is considering industrial action in a national dispute over pensions. Fire service bosses are looking to...

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