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Man dies in Townhill Park flat fire

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  • September 27, 2013
A man has died in a fire at a block of flats on an estate in Southampton, the BBC understands. The blaze broke out in the first floor flat at Dyneley Green in Townhill Park, at about 19:40 BST on Thursday. The man, who has not been identified, was re...

West Thurrock chemical blast heard in Essex and Kent

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  • September 27, 2013
An "almighty bang" caused by a chemical factory explosion was heard by people living in south Essex and north Kent, it has emerged. The explosion - which involved caustic soda - happened at Industrial Chemicals Ltd in West Thurrock, at 20:00 BST on T...

Three people from Caia Park, Wrexham, rescued from fire

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  • September 27, 2013
Three people have been rescued from a flat fire in Wrexham. They were trapped in a first floor apartment during the blaze at Y Wern flats on the Caia Park Estate on Friday shortly after midnight. More than a dozen fire fighters attended and used ladd...

Scottish fire board consults on closure plans

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  • September 27, 2013
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Board has voted to consult on plans to reduce the number of fire control rooms. Members rejected the idea of moving towards just two centres from the current eight - backing the principle of retaining three. Johnstone in ...

Stone fire deaths caused by wardrobe light fitting

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  • September 27, 2013
A house fire in Staffordshire which killed an elderly couple was caused by a light fitting in a wardrobe, fire investigators have concluded. Peter Goffe, 86, and his wife Beryl, 85, died in the blaze at their detached house in Lichfield Road, Stone o...

Edinburgh junction closed after flat fire in Morningside

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  • September 27, 2013
A large junction in Edinburgh has been closed while firefighters tackle a flat fire. Firefighters were called to a first-floor flat in Morningside Road just after 15:30 after a fire broke out in a bathroom ceiling. At least 15 firefighters are at the...

One man aged 75 dead after Balmedie house fire

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  • September 27, 2013
A 75-year-old man has died after a house fire in Aberdeenshire. The emergency services were called to Eigie House Cottages in Balmedie shortly before 06:00. The building was found to be "well alight". A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Unfortunate...

Birmingham's Paragon Hotel guests evacuated due to fire

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  • September 27, 2013
Nearly 300 guests had to be evacuated in the early hours from a Birmingham hotel after a fire broke out on the second floor. An electrical fault is being blamed for the fire at the five-storey Paragon Hotel in Alcester Street. About a fifth of the fi...

Battersea Power Station fire fear after TV stunt

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  • September 27, 2013
Firefighters were called to Battersea Power Station after a TV stunt caused concerns the historic building was alight. Flames were projected on to the Grade II*-listed building in south-west London to promote explorer Bear Grylls' new show on the Dis...

Essex fire crew rescues man from paper roll at industrial estate

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  • September 27, 2013
A man in his 40s suffered life-threatening injuries when he was crushed by a large roll of paper. The accident happened at about 11:00 BST at the Childerditch Industrial Park in Brentwood. The man, who was rescued by paramedics and firefighters, suff...

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