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Leicester fire deaths was 'revenge attack' on wrong house

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  • April 25, 2014
A fire which killed four members of the same family was a revenge attack on the wrong house, a jury has heard. Seven men and a youth have gone on trial accused of setting fire to a house in Leicester on 13 September. They are charged with the murder ...

Fire brigade worried about London's 'hidden homes'

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  • April 25, 2014
Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere. The BBC has found people paying to live in shop storerooms, above car repair garages, on industrial estates and ...

Discarded cigarette caused fatal fire in Milton bungalow

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  • April 25, 2014
A bungalow fire which killed a 76-year-old woman in Staffordshire was caused by a discarded cigarette, firefighters have revealed. Crews were called to Mauveen Bowyer's bungalow in Barratt Gardens, Milton, at about 11:00 BST on Friday. She was rescue...

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue 'does not have flood plan'

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  • April 25, 2014
A fire brigade in Somerset does not have a written emergency plan to deal with flooding, a union has claimed. Large parts of the Somerset Levels spent much of the winter under water after the South West of England was battered by high winds and heavy...

MSPs hear Inverness and Aberdeen control room concerns

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  • April 25, 2014
MSPs have heard concerns about moves to close emergency control rooms in Inverness and Aberdeen. Campaigners Jody Curtis and Laura Ross told the petitions committee that shutting the centres would lead to the loss of local knowledge. They said some l...

Welsh control rooms to merge and move

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  • April 25, 2014
Three south Wales emergency control rooms are to be based at one site under plans aimed at saving £1m per year. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are to merge their control rooms and relocate to the S...

Horses killed in arson attack on Bolton stables

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  • April 25, 2014
Two horses have been killed in a "deliberately started" fire at a stables in Bolton, police have said. Greater Manchester Police said the fire at the stables off Ashworth Lane began between 04:30 and 05:00 BST, destroying a block housing the horses. ...

Huge fire on Leeds industrial estate

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  • April 21, 2014
A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds has sent flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city. Up to 80 firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Tradpak, a packaging and recycling firm in the Armley area, since about 01:50. People in t...

Gibraltar fire disrupts online gambling industry

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  • April 21, 2014
An explosion and fire on Gibraltar disrupted a number of online betting operations on Sunday. Most residents of the British territory were also left without power. Local media reported a generator at Waterport Power Station caught fire and exploded d...

Bradford tournament marks Valley Parade fire deaths anniversary

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  • April 21, 2014
A football tournament to mark the 29th anniversary of the Bradford City football stadium fire, which killed 56 people, has taken place this weekend. The fire broke out during a match between Bradford and Lincoln at the Valley Parade stadium on 11 May...

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