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Family of five escapes injury in Lurgan arson attack

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  • September 24, 2013
A family of five, including two teenage boys and a five-year-old girl, have escaped injury in an arson attack at their County Armagh home. The children's 42-year-old mother and their 61-year-old grandfather were also in the house. A bag of rubbish wa...

Part-time Devon and Somerset firefighters 'affect fitness figures'

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  • September 21, 2013
Figures revealing that nearly a third of firefighters in Devon and Somerset are not deemed fit are because the service has a high level of part-time staff, a union has said. About 30% failed to reach a recommended fitness standard in the past year, a...

Crews deal with Castle Street fire in Inverness

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  • September 21, 2013
Emergency crews have been dealing with a fire at a derelict building in the Castle Street area of Inverness. Police Scotland said buildings in the area had been evacuated as a precaution on Friday evening and building safety would need to be assessed...

Fire crews from 10 stations called to former supermarket

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  • September 21, 2013
Crews from 10 fire stations across Cornwall have been dealing with a blaze at a derelict supermarket building. The fire at North Roskear, Camborne, was reported at about 01:00 BST. Eight fire pumps and other specialist vehicles were called to the inc...

Fire breaks out at Blisworth business park

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  • September 21, 2013
About 50 firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at business park in Northamptonshire. The fire started at the JBJ site in Northampton Road, Blisworth, at about 10.30 BST, creating a large plume of black smoke. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue ...

More than 10% of UK firefighters 'not fit enough'

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  • September 20, 2013
More than one in 10 firefighters failed to reach a recommended fitness standard in the past year, the BBC has found. Results in Scotland were worse than the UK average, with only a third of staff in Strathclyde meeting the standard. A Freedom of Info...

Eddie Maher: Fugitive thief's £129k pension pot seized

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  • September 20, 2013
A fugitive thief who escaped justice for nearly 20 years after driving off in a security van containing £1.17m is to have his £129,000 pension seized. Eddie Maher was jailed for five years in March after being arrested on firearms offences in the U...

Alert over Hove pupils 'exposed to chemical fumes'

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  • September 20, 2013
Twenty-one students are reported to be suffering from the effects of being exposed to chemical fumes after an incident at a school. Emergency crews were called to Hove's Cardinal Newman School earlier. Sussex Police said pupils were being taken to ho...

Cwmbran house fire investigation after two hurt

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  • September 20, 2013
Two people needed hospital treatment for smoke inhalation following a house fire. The cause of the fire at Coed Eva, Cwmbran, is being investigated, said Gwent Police. Three crews from south Wales fire service rescued three dogs trapped in the proper...

Chinese lanterns face Birmingham parks ban

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  • September 20, 2013
Chinese lanterns could be banned from parks in Birmingham under plans being discussed. It follows a fire at a waste recycling plant in Smethwick in June, thought to have been caused by a lantern. About 200 firefighters tackled the blaze, described by...

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