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Taiwan safety probe ordered after deadly gas explosion

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  • August 2, 2014
Taiwanese authorities say they are stepping up inspections of underground chemical pipelines after a series of explosions killed at least 26 people. The underground blasts rocked the southern industrial city of Kaohsiung late on Thursday. The search ...

Eastbourne Pier blaze: Arson probe launched by police

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  • August 2, 2014
A fire that ripped through Eastbourne Pier is now feared to have been started deliberately. The blaze on Wednesday afternoon destroyed about a third of the 1,000ft (300m) long structure. Sussex Police said the force had received information suggestin...

Surge in arsons over school holidays

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  • August 2, 2014
There have been more than 300 fires started deliberately since the school holidays began 10 days ago, figures show. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fire at a Cardiff primary school on Tuesday. Elsewhere in south Wales, crews hav...

M5 crash firefighters given bravery medals by fire service

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  • August 2, 2014
The bravery of 12 firefighters who battled a crash on the M5 in Somerset in which seven people died when 34 vehicles collided, has been honoured. The men, members of Taunton Blue Watch and Taunton Retained, were first on the scene in November 2011....

Elderly man dies after Llanaelhaearn outbuilding fire

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  • August 2, 2014
An elderly man has died after a fire in a garden outbuilding in Gwynedd. Fire crews and North Wales Police were called to Bryn Ffynnon Terrace, Llanaelhaearn, shortly before 15:00 BST on Thursday after a gas cylinder caught fire. The body of a man in...

Boys arrested for Cadbury Northfield Manor arson attack

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  • August 2, 2014
Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed a former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham. More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Northfield Manor House on Wednesday night. No-one was injured. The fire ser...

Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 25

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  • August 2, 2014
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 25 people and injured 267 others, officials say. The blasts rocked the city's Cianjhen district, scattering cars and blowing deep trenches in roads. The exact cause of ...

Ferrybridge Power station fire causes tower's partial collapse

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  • August 2, 2014
A fire at Ferrybridge C power station in West Yorkshire has caused the partial collapse of a tower on the site. At its height some 75 firefighters tackled 100ft (30m) high flames, after the blaze broke out at about 14:00 BST. Black smoke coming from ...

Body found in Nottingham factory after fire

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  • August 2, 2014
A body has been found at a building destroyed by fire in Nottingham. The Sherwood Works near Nottingham Road, New Basford, was found to be well alight when emergency crews arrived at about 01:30 BST. A number of other buildings, including a Sainsbury...

Firefighters to strike over eight days in August - FBU

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  • August 2, 2014
Firefighters in England and Wales are to strike over eight consecutive days in an ongoing row with the government, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says. The latest action, from 9 August, will be held over three hours each day during the eight-day perio...

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