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Fire closes Chessington World of Adventures

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  • December 21, 2013
A fire in a cafe at a popular Surrey theme park has forced it to close. London Fire Brigade said the alert was raised at Chessington World of Adventures just after 08:30 GMT. The Metropolitan Police tweeted officers were at the scene along with eight...

London bus crash: Six people seriously injured

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  • December 21, 2013
More than 30 people have been injured, six of them seriously, in a bus crash in south London. Two passengers who were trapped on the double-decker bus in Kennington had to be freed, London Fire Brigade said. The number 59, heading to King's Cross, sw...

Petition opposing Derbyshire Fire Service cuts handed in

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  • December 21, 2013
More than 40,000 people have signed a petition opposing cuts to Derbyshire fire service. It announced proposals in September that could see the number of stations reduced by a third and full-time firefighters cut by a quarter. The service said it h...

Firefighters still at scene of Aberdare tanker crash

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  • December 21, 2013
Firefighters are struggling to remove gas from a tanker that crashed into a bridge in Rhondda Cynon Taf causing homes to be evacuated. The lorry, carrying 3,519 gallons (16,000 litres) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), hit the bridge near Werfa, Aber...

Apollo Theatre collapse: 'Fortunate more people not hurt'

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  • December 21, 2013
It is lucky more people were not injured when part of a ceiling collapsed at a packed theatre, London Fire Brigade has said. Seventy-six people were hurt when ornate plasterwork at the Apollo fell during a production of The Curious Incident Of The Do...

Biting by pet cat Taffy 'saved me from fire'

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  • December 21, 2013
A woman rescued from a fire at her home says she owes her life to her pet cat. Tracie Horgan-Hodgkiss, 39, was woken in the early hours by two-year-old tortoiseshell Taffy biting her hand. She found the bedroom of her home in Brackla, Bridgend, was f...

Q&A: Theatre safety in the West End

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  • December 21, 2013
  After a partial collapse of the ceiling during a show at the Apollo theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, West End theatre owners have reassured audiences all venues have valid safety certificates. What is required to get these certificates, an...

London councils lose appeal against fire station closures

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  • December 21, 2013
Seven London councils have lost their High Court battle over Boris Johnson's proposals to shut 10 fire stations in the capital. More than 500 firefighters' jobs will be lost under the plans, which have been approved by the London Fire and Emergency P...

Girl, 4, dies in north London flat fire

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  • December 21, 2013
A four-year-old girl died in a fire in north London on Thursday evening, London Fire Brigade has said. She was rescued from a burning ground floor flat in Soloman Avenue, Upper Edmonton, at about 17:00 GMT but was pronounced dead. A 50-year-old woman...

Family tribute to grandmother killed in Cellardyke fire

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  • December 21, 2013
The family of a grandmother killed in a Fife fire have paid tribute to the woman relatives and friends all called "mum". Catherine Walkingshaw, 83, was killed in the blaze at her home in Cellardyke on Saturday. Mrs Walkingshaw was with her husband, A...

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