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China Tiananmen Square car blaze kills five people

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  • October 29, 2013
Chinese state media have said at least five people died and 38 others were injured after a vehicle crashed in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Three of those killed were inside the car and the other two were bystanders. The square was evacuated and quick...

Rubbish and fly tipping fires cost £16m to tackle

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  • October 29, 2013
Rubbish fires are costing taxpayers millions of pounds a year, according to the Scottish Fire Service. Its latest figures showed there were 7,937 blazes involving refuse and fly-tipping in 2012/13, with almost 90% started deliberately. The cost of de...

Hounslow homes collapse after tree fall 'causes gas explosion'

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  • October 28, 2013
Three houses have collapsed and two others damaged in a suspected gas explosion after a tree fell on a house in west London during high winds. The explosion happened after the tree collapsed in Hounslow at about 07:35 GMT. Surrounding homes were evac...

Travel disruption in south Wales as 'major Atlantic storm' passes through

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  • October 28, 2013
Flooding is bringing travel disruption as what forecasts described as a "major Atlantic storm" passes through. Wales escaped the worst of the winds with the Met Office reporting gusts of 99mph (159km/h) on the Isle of Wight. The second Severn cross...

Storm winds pick up across Berkshire

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  • October 28, 2013
Homes have been evacuated after a gas main was fractured by a fallen tree during overnight storms. About 40 properties were emptied in the Calcot area of Reading after damage was reported at 07:20 GMT. Firefighters enforced a 560m (1,830ft) cordon as...

UK storms: Teenager killed by falling tree in Kent

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  • October 28, 2013
A teenage girl was killed when a tree fell on to a mobile home in Kent. The 17-year-old suffered fatal injuries when the tree came down where she was sleeping in Hever, Edenbridge, at about 07:20 GMT. Police confirmed that the death was weather relat...

Tree crashes through roof of Cornwall house

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  • October 28, 2013
A family of four escaped unhurt after a tree hit their house in strong winds. The parents and their two children were sleeping when the tree crashed through the roof of their house in Camborne at about 01:00 BST. The family are staying in a hotel ami...

Manhole fall in Penarth leaves two people injured

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  • October 28, 2013
Two people are understood to have been hurt after falling 15 feet through a manhole shaft into sewer pipes in the Vale of Glamorgan. South Wales Fire Service sent twelve appliances to Northcliffe in Penarth at around 17:00 BST on Saturday. The fire c...

Two people injured in house fire in Dover

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  • October 28, 2013
Firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a two-storey house in Dover. Two people were treated by paramedics after the blaze broke out in Barton Road just before 09:00 GMT. About 40 firefighters were called to the blaze at its peak. The cause i...

Carer saves woman from burning Didcot flat

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  • October 28, 2013
A "brave" carer has been praised for entering a burning flat to rescue the elderly woman she cares for. She managed to help the woman to safety after a discarded cigarette ignited materials in a wooden wicker basket at the flat in Fairacres Road, Did...

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