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Bushfires spark emergency alerts in south-east Australia

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  • February 15, 2014
Dozens of bushfires are sweeping across southern Australia, fanned by hot weather and strong winds. Officials say an unknown number of homes have been destroyed and a firefighter has been injured in the state of Victoria. Some residents have been ord...

Man rescued and homes evacuated in Torquay fire

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  • February 15, 2014
A man has been taken to hospital and up to a dozen people evacuated from their homes after a fire in Torquay. A police spokesman said he believed all people in the house had been accounted for, but the fire service was yet to enter the property on Du...

At least 15 pilgrims killed in Saudi Arabia hotel fire

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  • February 15, 2014
At least 15 people have been killed and 130 injured in a fire at a hotel used by pilgrims in the Saudi holy city of Medina, state media report. The blaze started on Saturday afternoon, the authorities say, in the eastern part of the city. The victims...

Man's body found after Croydon house fire

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  • February 15, 2014
A man's body was found by firefighters called to a house fire in south London. Firefighters were called to Addiscombe Court, in Croydon, just after 11:30 GMT where crews found the body of a man in the bedroom on the ground floor. London Fire Brigade ...

Cleveland Fire Brigade rally against cuts

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  • February 15, 2014
About 200 firefighters have held a rally against government cuts in Middlesbrough. The Fire Brigades Union said a £6m funding cut meant 130 of its almost 400 full-time posts would be cut and the town's Marine Fire station closed. Cleveland Fire Brig...

Jobs could go in East Sussex fire service cuts

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  • February 15, 2014
More than 40 firefighter jobs could go as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESF&RS) looks at ways to save money. The service is considering removing an engine from either Preston Circus or Hove station in Brighton, cutting 24 jobs to save over...

Factory 251 ceiling collapse: Seven people hurt at club

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  • February 15, 2014
Seven people have been taken to hospital after the ceiling collapsed in a central Manchester nightclub. Four men and three women suffered "minor" injuries after a second floor ceiling caved in at Factory 251. Clubbers reported that the plasterboard b...

Surrey fire station closure legal challenge considered by FBU

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  • February 15, 2014
Plans to close two fire stations in Surrey may be challenged in the courts after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) accused the county council of not consulting properly. On Tuesday, Surrey County Council's cabinet approved plans to close Sunbury and Stai...

Suffolk Fire Service considers retained crews changes

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  • February 15, 2014
Suffolk's fire service is considering changing conditions for its on-call firefighters, after a union called the current system a "broken model". Retained firefighters in the county currently have to be available for a minimum of 90 hours per week. T...

Man dies after fire in West End maisonette

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  • February 15, 2014
A 55-year-old man has died following a fire at a maisonette in Surrey. He was found lying on the floor of the property in Meadow Way, West End, Woking, on Monday after neighbours raised the alarm at about 22:45 GMT. His two pet dogs were outside the ...

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