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Stroud aerospace factory fire prompts chemical fears

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  • July 13, 2014
There are fears chemicals could ignite at an aerospace firm's factory where a massive fire has erupted. The blaze broke out at Nu-Pro's factory in Stroud shortly after 20:00 BST. Nearby businesses have been evacuated and police have urged residents i...

Clapham house fire caused by crystal doorknob

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  • July 9, 2014
A house fire was caused by sunlight refracting through a crystal doorknob. The fire in Clapham, south London, was started when the sun's refracted rays shone onto a dressing gown, which then set alight. The house was empty at the time and a smoke ala...

Man dies in Fincham after falling into grain silo

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  • July 9, 2014
A man has died after falling into a grain silo in Norfolk. Norfolk Police said they were called to reports of an industrial accident at a business in Swaffham Road, Fincham, near Downham Market, at 11:05 BST. Fire and ambulance services, including th...

Remembering the York Minster fire 30 years on

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  • July 9, 2014
York's divisional fire commander was fast asleep when the phone rang in the early hours of 9 July 1984. But within minutes, Alan Stow was fighting to save the city's most significant building from destruction. Thirty years on, witnesses clearly remem...

Mum and daughter rescued from fire in Agincourt Street, Newport

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  • July 9, 2014
A mother and daughter have been rescued from a house fire in Newport. Firefighters saved the pair from an upstairs window of a terraced house in Agincourt Street, Crindau. The fire began just after 20:00 BST on Tuesday on the ground floor and the dau...

Man's body found in Warrington house fire

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  • July 9, 2014
A 94-year-old man has died in a house fire in Warrington. Firefighters were called to Gerosa Avenue, Winwick, at about 15:00 BST on Monday. They extinguished the blaze and found the body of the man, who lived at the property. His family have been inf...

Oxfordshire to outsource to Hampshire council firm

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  • July 9, 2014
Human resources and finance staff at Oxfordshire Council Council could be moved to Hampshire or face redundancy if an outsourcing plan is approved. About 140 staff would be affected if the authority goes ahead with a plan to transfer the teams to a b...

Boden Hughes admits DFDS ferry arson

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  • July 9, 2014
A man has admitted starting a fire on a North Sea ferry, which resulted in six people being winched to safety and 15 others injured. Boden George Hughes admitted arson and affray on the DFDS vessel from North Shields to Amsterdam on 28 December. But ...

Man who burned down Dundee flats jailed for over eight years

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  • July 9, 2014
A fire-raiser who burned down a block of flats in Dundee has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years. A judge at the High Court told Brian Martin his "wicked crime" had put residents of the Garland Place block in "real and substantial danger". Residen...

'World's biggest naan bread' made by Hampshire firefighters

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  • July 9, 2014
A huge naan bread made by a team of firefighters, led by a fire officer called Dave Curry, is believed to be the biggest the world has ever seen. The giant Indian bread, weighing 26kg (57lb 5oz) and measuring 3.79m (12ft 5in) by 1.4m (4ft 7in), was c...

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