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King's Lynn fire: Family homeless after lighter refuelling blaze

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  • March 9, 2015
  A family has been left homeless after a fire, believed to have been started by the refuelling of a cigarette lighter, spread through a house causing an explosion. Fire crews were called to the house in Winston Churchill Drive, King's Lynn, Norfolk...

Kendal industrial estate fire blazes for 14 hours

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  • March 9, 2015
A fire blazed for 14 hours at an industrial estate as 60 firefighters battled to bring it under control. The blaze broke out at a building on Kendal Industrial Estate in Mintsfeet Road at about 20:15 GMT on Saturday. Dozens of nearby homes were evacu...

Headington flat fire forces man to leap from window

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  • March 9, 2015
A man had to jump to safety from a first-floor window after he was woken by a fire which engulfed a block of flats. He leapt from the window at Colemans Hill, Headington, in his pyjamas after the blaze broke out in a bin store at about 17:00 GMT on S...

Woman, 23, dies after Rochdale flat 'smoking' fire

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  • March 9, 2015
A 23-year-old woman has died after a flat fire in Greater Manchester. Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Tweedale Street, in Rochdale, in the early hours of Saturday. Station Manager Jon Crawley said the groun...

Woman dies in Basingstoke house fire

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  • March 9, 2015
A woman has died in an "intense" house fire in Hampshire in the early hours. Two people managed to escape the blaze in the end-of-terrace property in Buckfast Close, Basingstoke. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said the woman was pronounced dead at the sce...

Two people hurt in house fire in Heath, Cardiff

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  • March 9, 2015
Two people have been treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a serious house fire in Cardiff. Firefighters were called to the property in Heathwood Road at 18:44 GMT after the blaze broke out in an upstairs bedroom. Crews from Cardiff Centr...

Dorset and Wiltshire fire authorities merger approved

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  • March 6, 2015
A merger between the Wiltshire and Swindon fire authority and its Dorset counterpart has been formally approved by the government. Fire officials believe the move will help to protect frontline services. The new authority will come into being on 1 Ap...

Lichfield fire engine could go amid fire service budget cuts

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  • March 6, 2015
Lichfield could lose one of its two fire engines and see firefighter shift times reduced by an hour in an attempt to save money. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has saved £4m since 2010 and must cut a further £5.7m over the next five years. C...

Electric arc 'probably caused' Eurotunnel lorry fire

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  • March 6, 2015
An electric arc between an overhead power line and a Eurotunnel shuttle train probably caused a fire that shut the tunnel, investigators have said. The fire, which destroyed two lorries, took hold on 17 January at 12:00 GMT. The fire led to the closu...

Eaglescliffe chemical fire: Factory blaze burns through afternoon

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  • March 6, 2015
A major blaze at a chemical company saw plumes of black smoke sent into the air near houses. The blaze at Melbray Chemicals in Eaglescliffe, Cleveland, which broke out at about 13:00, was extinguished by the evening. The Durham Lane industrial estate...

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