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30 coaches in Merthyr depot destroyed in huge blaze

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  • December 29, 2014
A huge blaze has swept through a depot in Merthyr Tydfil, destroying 30 coaches, five minibuses and a car. The inferno triggered a series of explosions at First Call Coaches at Pant Industrial Estate on Sunday. More than 40 firefighters tackled the b...

Man killed in fire at city home

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  • December 29, 2014
A man has been killed in a fire in Oxford. Firefighters were called to a home in Marlborough Road just after 22:00 GMT on Saturday after a fire developed in the first floor and roof. A man was removed from the home by firefighters, but later died in ...

Rochdale house fire: Seven people and a puppy rescued

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  • December 29, 2014
Seven people and a puppy have been rescued after a car fire in Rochdale set a nearby house ablaze. Firefighters were called to Manchester Road, Castleton, at 03:30 GMT after an "intense fire" started in a Volkswagen Golf and left a family trapped. Gr...

Italy ferry fire: Evacuation hampered by winds

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  • December 29, 2014
Ships and helicopters are taking part in a major rescue operation after an Italian ferry carrying 478 people caught fire north-west of Corfu. One person has died after jumping from the ship and another has been confirmed injured, officials say. A tot...

Hickling Hall fire: Grade II-listed home destroyed

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  • December 29, 2014
An 18th Century home in Norfolk has been destroyed in a suspected chimney fire. More than 50 firefighters from across Norfolk were called to the Grade II-listed Hickling Hall, Hickling, at about 19:50 GMT on Boxing Day. Norfolk Fire Service said the ...

Whitchurch fire station 'could be shared with police'

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  • December 29, 2014
Police in north Shropshire could share a base with the county's fire service, according to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Whitchurch is one of several police stations in Shropshire due to close as part of £30m savings over the next three y...

Fareham bungalow fire: Man dies while woman is saved

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  • December 29, 2014
An elderly man died in a fire at a bungalow in Hampshire. An elderly woman managed to escape the property in Nicholas Crescent, Fareham, and was taken to hospital as a precaution. The man died at the scene. The alarm was raised by a working smoke det...

Belfast hostel fire: Three led to safety

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  • December 29, 2014
Three people have been led to safety after a fire broke out at a hostel in Belfast. The Fire and Rescue Service were called out just before 01:30 GMT on Friday to Ormeau Centre hostel in Verner Street. One person was taken to hospital as a precaution...

Berkshire and Oxfordshire crews fight factory fire

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  • December 29, 2014
A major blaze on an industrial estate in Berkshire has left clouds of thick black smoke "floating across the sky". People living near Red Shute Hill in Hermitage reported being awoken by an explosion at about 09:00 GMT. A caller to BBC Radio Berkshir...

Marlie Farm fire deaths compensation appeal dropped

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  • December 29, 2014
An appeal against a High Court ruling to pay compensation to the families of two men killed in a fireworks blast has been dropped, it has been confirmed. Firefighter Geoff Wicker, 49, and fire service cameraman Brian Wembridge, 63, died in the fire a...

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