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Elderly woman dies in Andover house fire

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  • January 31, 2015
An elderly woman has died in a house fire in Hampshire on Saturday morning. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the terraced house in Pen Close, Andover at 06:15 GMT after reports of the fire. A spokeswoman for the service said the blaz...

Accused Derbyshire fire chief Sean Frayne: I was a fool

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  • January 31, 2015
Derbyshire's chief fire officer broke down in tears as he told jurors he was not a rapist and had "never harmed anyone in my life". Sean Frayne, 48, is accused of raping a woman in a pub in 2006 while his wife was in another room.  He said he had be...

Bryn Melyn care fire report says girl's death 'preventable'

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  • January 31, 2015
The death of a teenage girl in a fire at a Shropshire children's home could have been prevented, a report has said. Kelly Button, 17, from Wolverhampton, barricaded herself in a bedroom and set fire to a mattress at Bryn Melyn Care Home near Ellesmer...

St Helens house fire: Elderly woman dies in 'accidentally started' blaze

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  • January 31, 2015
An elderly woman was found dead after firefighters tackled a house fire in St Helens. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath at about 23.20 GMT on Thursday.  The body of the woman, who has not yet been iden...

Mexico City gas truck explodes near maternity hospital

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  • January 30, 2015
A gas tank lorry has exploded outside a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing a woman and a baby, the city's mayor said. The explosion, on the western edge of Mexico City, was so large that much of the building was destroyed. Offi...

West Cumberland Hospital: Fire destroys part of building

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  • January 30, 2015
Part of a new £90m hospital in Whitehaven has been damaged in a fire. The fire broke out at about 22:45 GMT on Friday at West Cumberland Hospital, destroying the energy building which will supply the hospital's power. North Cumbria University Hospit...

Large animal rescues scrapped in north Wales fire cuts

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  • January 30, 2015
Firefighters in north Wales will stop rescuing large trapped animals from April because it can no longer afford it. National Farmers Union Cymru (NFU) said that unlike farmers, firefighters had the necessary equipment to deal with such emergencies. T...

Edward McArthur admits setting partner on fire in Darlington

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  • January 30, 2015
A man has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight and trapping her in a burning flat. Rebecca Major, 32, escaped by smashing a window with a table and jumping from an upstairs window of the flat on Geneva Road, Darlington, last...

Two suffer 'chemical burns' in Rassau Industrial Estate fire

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  • January 30, 2015
Two people had to be taken to hospital with suspected chemical burns following reports of a fire and an explosion on an industrial estate. Emergency crews were called to Sears Seating on Rassau Industrial Estate near Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, at arou...

Arsonist jailed after Stockport bungalow fire

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  • January 30, 2015
A man with a "morbid" obsession with arson has been jailed for seven years after a fire at the home of a wheelchair-bound woman in Stockport. James Bellamy, 21, set fire to a wheelie bin outside the bungalow on Short Street, Heaton Norris, in the ear...

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