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Hockmore Tower fire sees residents evacuated from block

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  • February 26, 2015
Residents have been evacuated from one of Oxford's tower blocks after a fire broke out on the fifth floor.  About 40 firefighters battled the blaze inside the Hockmore building at about 10:30 GMT. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue crews entered the flat w...

Tyldesley man dies in electric heater fire

  • News Item
  • February 25, 2015
A 49-year-old man has died in a fire caused by an electric heater at a house in Greater Manchester. His body was found in a bedroom of the property in Ash Street, Tyldesley at about 18:40 GMT on Tuesday. Firefighters believe the blaze, which was out ...

Leicester Sikh temple damaged in fire

  • News Item
  • February 25, 2015
A fire has severely damaged the inside of a well-known Sikh temple in Leicester. The blaze at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in East Park Road was reported to the fire service at 11:15 GMT by a member of the public. The fire service said the blaze wa...

Fuel tanker truck catches fire in New Jersey

  • News Item
  • February 25, 2015
  A fuel tanker truck caught fire on a New Jersey highway after it overturned and burst into flames. Reports said the vehicle was carrying around 9,000 gallons (40,914 litres) of fuel. The driver managed to escape without injury from the fire. The c...

'Chesterfield fan' charged over Bradford City fire disaster posts

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  • February 25, 2015
  A man has been charged with posting offensive remarks about the Bradford City fire disaster online. Police said Mark Randall, a Chesterfield supporter, from Pleasley, near Mansfield, was arrested after comments were posted on Facebook. The posts -...

Man dies in Bath bungalow fire

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  • February 23, 2015
An elderly man has died in a house fire in Bath.  Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service were called to a semi-detached bungalow in Weatherly Avenue in Odd Down just after 23:15 GMT on Saturday. The fire service said the property was "engulfed in f...

London warehouse fire treated as arson

  • News Item
  • February 23, 2015
A fire which destroyed a storage warehouse in south-east London is being treated as arson, police have said.  Up to 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at industrial units off Yarnton Way in Erith for more than three hours on Saturday morning.  Two ...

Fire rips through Torch skyscraper in Dubai

  • News Item
  • February 21, 2015
A fire has swept through the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Strong winds helped the blaze to spread across the 336.1m (1,105ft) high building in the marina district. One eyewitness told the BBC "ther...

Ulfah Arts Centre fire: Birmingham man jailed

  • News Item
  • February 21, 2015
A 40-year-old man has been jailed for five years after setting fire to an arts centre in Birmingham. Leon Smythe targeted the Ulfah Arts Centre in Highgate Square in May, destroying media equipment and "10 years of work". Smythe, from Washington Cour...

Hampshire to manage Isle of Wight Fire Service

  • News Item
  • February 21, 2015
The Isle of Wight's fire is to be managed from mainland UK. Hampshire's fire authority voted in favour of forming the partnership with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue. Under the deal, Hampshire will provide strategic leadership, although both services...

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