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Over 100 grass fire calls for south Wales firefighters

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  • April 17, 2014
South Wales fire fighters say they have had to deal with over 100 grass fire calls in an 11 hour period. The blazes included a fire covering eight hectares (20 acres) of scrub land at Ogmore Vale, Bridgend county. Crews from six stations had to fight...

Fire destroys two thatched cottages in Barham

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  • April 17, 2014
Two thatched cottages in Suffolk have been destroyed by a fire. The blaze started at 15:35 BST on Monday at the semi-detached homes in Norwich Road, Barham. Firefighter Steve Morgan said crews had limited access to the cottages due to fears a chimney...

Wrexham recycling blaze tackled by six crews

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  • April 17, 2014
A fire at a recycling centre building on Wrexham Industrial Park has been put out by six fire crews. The building was evacuated and no injuries were reported. North Wales Fire and Rescue Services said the fire was confined to a conveyer belt being bu...

Amazon trees vulnerable to fire and climate combination

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  • April 17, 2014
The combination of fire and extreme weather could accelerate tree mortality in the Amazon, a study has suggested. Researchers said field experiments showed that severe droughts could trigger dieback of forests in the near-term. Efforts to curb defore...

Chileans survey Valparaiso fire damage

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  • April 17, 2014
Thousands of Chileans who had to flee their homes in Valparaiso as a forest fire razed parts of the port city, have been returning to survey the damage. Officials said about 2,500 homes had been destroyed, leaving 11,000 people homeless. The fire, th...

Wellingborough industrial estate blaze 'accidental caused by sparks'

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  • April 17, 2014
A blaze which engulfed a recycling plant in Northamptonshire was most likely caused by sparks from a hand-held grinder, the fire service said. The fire at Environmental Storage Solutions on the Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough, started at about...

Grosvenor Square building collapse leaves man dead

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  • April 15, 2014
A man working on a construction site in central London has died after a building partially collapsed. The man, thought to be in his early 30s, died at the site, a former US naval building in Grosvenor Square, after the collapse at 15:45 BST. At least...

Grass fires cost South Wales Fire Service £850,000 so far this year

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  • April 15, 2014
Fighting grass fires in south Wales has cost £850,000 so far this year and at least 90% were started deliberately, claim fire chiefs. Crews were called to several incidents over the weekend in Rhondda Cynon Taf and this week is regarded one of the b...

Colchester garrison fire: MP critical of 'lax security'

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  • April 15, 2014
The owner of a former military garrison that caught on fire on Saturday should be "held responsible for lax security", Colchester's MP has said. The fire engulfed a former stable block at the Roman Circus Walk site, which is being converted into hous...

Isle of Man 999 warning after 'costly' call-out

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  • April 15, 2014
The Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service has warned against "reckless" use of the 999 system, after a "costly" false alarm near Douglas. Electricians failed to notify the emergency services last week that they would be testing a fire alarm system. A s...

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