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Gravesend fire: Evacuation amid blaze near gas tanks

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  • August 31, 2013
People have been evacuated from the area around a large fire in a yard next to gas holders in Gravesend. The blaze in Canal Road was reported at just after 11:20 BST. Kent Fire Service said at its height more than 70 firefighters with 12 fire engines...

Fire rips through primary school in Braintree, Essex

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  • August 31, 2013
A primary school in Essex is on fire, with the building about 90% alight, according to firefighters. The fire broke out at the John Ray School in Braintree on Saturday afternoon and was being tackled by about 30 firefighters. The incident commander s...

Ashton Court Mansion 'saved from being gutted by fire'

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  • August 31, 2013
Firefighters pulled off a "tremendous save" to prevent a mansion house being completely gutted by fire, the service has said. Crews from across Bristol were called to a blaze in Ashton Court Mansion's northern wing at about 21:00 on Friday. Matt Hunt...

Woodford Green tower block fire destroys flat

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  • August 31, 2013
A fire on the 10th floor of a tower block in north-east London has destroyed one flat and damaged two others. The fire service was called to the 11-storey building in Liston Way, Woodford Green, at about 10:50 BST. A man was taken to hospital for tre...

Multi-vehicle crash closes A75 near Twynholm

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  • August 30, 2013
A crash involving three cars and an articulated lorry has closed the A75 road near to Twynholm. Police said "several" people had been taken to hospital as a result of the accident but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The incide...

Derbyshire fire strike cover plan faces shortfall

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  • August 30, 2013
A move to recruit fire strike cover in Derbyshire has reached only just over half its original target. Last month managers said they would give basic training to 65 people to help provide a legal minimum service. The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU), which...

Pony killed in Ogwell barn 'arson'

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  • August 30, 2013
A barn fire which killed a pony is believed to have been started deliberately, the fire service says. The blaze ripped through the 30m by 50m (100ft by 165ft) structure in Ogwell, Newton Abbot, causing more than £200,000 worth of damage. Fire crews ...

Woman charged over fire at St Austell home for the vulnerable

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  • August 30, 2013
A 21-year-old woman accused of arson with intent to endanger life after a fire at a home for vulnerable people in Cornwall has been remanded in custody. Eleven people were evacuated from the sheltered accommodation on Eastbourne Road in St Austell on...

Cooking caused fatal Poole house fire

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  • August 30, 2013
A fire at a house in Dorset in which a man died was caused by cooking, an investigation has found. The fire broke out in the kitchen of the semi-detached home in Beamish Road, Canford Heath, on Tuesday afternoon. The man in his 60s was rescued by fir...

Portishead police firearms training centre fire investigation 'days away'

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  • August 30, 2013
An investigation into the cause of a blaze which seriously damaged a police firearms training centre is not likely to start for several days. The fire at the £16m centre at Black Rock, Portishead, was spotted early on Tuesday by a passing police off...

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