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GM recalls more cars over ignition concerns

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  • June 14, 2014
General Motors (GM) has recalled more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaro cars, mostly in North America, after finding a fault with the ignition system. The car manufacturer said a driver's knee could bump the key fob and turn it out of the "run" position,...

Fire-raiser who torched Dundee flats facing long sentence

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  • June 14, 2014
A fire-raiser is facing a lengthy prison term for burning down a block of flats in Dundee. A firefighter was injured falling through a set of stairs while battling the blaze that Brian Martin started on Garland Place. Residents were put "in mortal da...

Large fire at Morecambe Mega Zone laser tag attraction

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  • June 14, 2014
Firefighters have launched an investigation into a large fire at a laser tag attraction in a Lancashire seaside resort. Crews tackled the blaze at Mega Zone, in Marine Road West, Morecambe, because of a national strike by firefighters. No-one was i...

Flood rescue hovercraft 'never used in an emergency'

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  • June 14, 2014
Two rescue hovercraft, bought after parts of Gloucestershire flooded in 2007, have never been used in an emergency, the BBC has learned. The two vehicles, which cost £110,000, were paid for with cash from Severn Trent's Community Recovery fund. Glou...

Llanelli firefighters go to tribunal over 96-hour shift system

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  • June 14, 2014
Twenty-three firefighters are taking legal action against their employers amid claims a 96-hour shift system made them seek work elsewhere. The officers previously worked together at Llanelli fire station before changes to their working hours, an emp...

Fatal Altrincham fire: Police 'acted properly' IPCC find

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  • June 14, 2014
Police acted appropriately in the case of a fire started deliberately by a woman's ex-partner that killed her and her son, the police watchdog said. Tracy Jones, 40, Shaun Van Stratten, 15, and David Potts, 39, died in the fire in Barlow Street, Broa...

Blackpool 'death risk' hotel manager jailed for 18 months

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  • June 14, 2014
The owner of a hotel where firefighters found a chained fire exit and blocked escape routes showed a "callous disregard" for safety, a judge said. Peter Metcalf, who owned the Kimberley Hotel, Blackpool, was convicted of 15 fire regulation offences i...

Essex Fire Service abuse probe court date set

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  • June 14, 2014
Two former firefighters are to appear in court after an investigation into claims of institutional abuse. The men have been summonsed to Basildon Magistrates' Court over allegations of misconduct in public office. The summonses follow an Essex Police...

Chemical reaction caused Leicestershire factory fire

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  • June 14, 2014
A large Leicestershire factory fire that led to hundreds of staff being evacuated was caused by a chemical reaction, the fire service said. More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze on Monday morning at GE Druck Limited, in Fir Tree Lane, in Groby....

Woman injured jumping from burning house in Carmarthenshire

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  • June 14, 2014
A woman has been taken to hospital after jumping from the first floor of a burning house in Carmarthenshire early on Wednesday. Firefighters said the property in Tir Einon, Cefncaeau, Llanelli was well alight when they arrived at the scene just after...

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