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Deadly fire in Colombia prison leaves 10 inmates dead

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  • January 30, 2014
At least 10 inmates have died in a fire at a prison in the Colombian city of Barranquilla on the country's Caribbean coast, police say. More than 40 prisoners were taken to hospital, where they are being treated for burns. The fire reportedly started...

University of Kent student campus evacuated after fire

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  • January 30, 2014
More than 40 students had to be moved out of their rooms overnight after a fire broke out in their accommodation block at the University of Kent. A student raised the alarm after the blaze was spotted in an extractor fan in a first-floor bathroom at ...

Middlesbrough fire: Householder believed dead

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  • January 30, 2014
A body has been found by firefighters tackling a large blaze at a house in Middlesbrough. The fire, at a property in Burlam Road, was described as "well developed" by the time emergency services arrived at the scene at about 10:21 GMT. No details of ...

Specialist fire knowledge 'will not be lost' if control room closes

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  • January 30, 2014
Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham has insisted specialist knowledge will not be lost if Aberdeen's fire control room closes. The Scottish Fire Board will discuss a proposal to reduce control rooms from eight to three. If the recommendatio...

Arsonist Dave Potts 'had threatened to kill before'

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  • January 30, 2014
A man who started a fire that killed his former partner and her 15-year-old son had threatened to set fire to himself a month before, a report found. A serious case review criticised health officials and police for inaction before Dave Potts caused...

Leicester fire deaths: Five deny murder charges

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  • January 28, 2014
Five people have denied starting a fire at a Leicester house which killed a mother and her three children. Shehnila Taufiq, 47, and her children Zainab, 19, Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, died in the fire in Wood Hill. Shaun Carter, 24, Jackson Powell, 20...

Herbert Street fire: crews battle greenhouse blaze

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  • January 28, 2014
Fire crews are tackling a blaze at three commercial greenhouses in Crewe. A number of residents living near by the premises in Herbert Street have been evacuated. Five crews are at the scene of the fire which is thought to have started shortly after ...

Kings Monkton School in Cardiff evacuated after fire

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  • January 28, 2014
A school in Cardiff has been evacuated following an electrical fire. The blaze was confined to the basement of Kings Monkton School in Roath. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent three fire crews, from Roath, Cardiff Central and Whitchurch, at ab...

Santa Maria fire: Victims' families await justice a year on

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  • January 28, 2014
The BBC's Julia Carneiro reports from Santa Maria, southern Brazil, where a vigil was held overnight to mark the first anniversary of the deadly nightclub fire that killed 242 people last year. It is well past midnight and the hundreds of people gath...

Three people hurt in tower block fire in Whitlawburn

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  • January 28, 2014
Three people have been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire in a bin chute of a tower block in Whitlawburn, South Lanarkshire. Fire crews were called to the blaze at Bute Tower, on Clifton Terrace, near Cambuslang, at about 21:00 ...

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