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Man found dead in fire at flat in Sparkbrook, Birmingham

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  • September 17, 2015
A man has died in a fire at a flat in Birmingham. Firefighters were called to Anderton Road in Sparkbrook at 03:30 BST, West Midlands Fire Service said. Police were contacted by fire crews after the body of a man, believed to be in his 50s, was disco...

Fire chiefs could run English police forces under plans

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  • September 12, 2015
Fire chiefs could become chief constables despite no previous experience of arresting criminals, the government has proposed. The idea appears in proposals to allow elected Police and Crime Commissioners to take over fire services in England. The con...

Berkshire fire service considers smaller vehicles to tackle crew shortage

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  • September 12, 2015
The Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service (RBFRS) is looking at replacing some of its traditional fire engines to tackle a shortage of crews. Chief fire officer Andy Fry told the BBC he was considering "a different kind of vehicle that has less c...

Jersey firefighter concern over impact of cuts on fire service

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  • September 12, 2015
Jersey's fire service workforce could be reduced by 10 per cent because of cuts, according to a firefighter. In an open letter posted on Facebook, Craig Channing said cutting the number of firefighters could affect response in the first few minutes o...

Warwick train fire 150 passengers evacuated

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  • September 12, 2015
A train carrying 150 people was evacuated when a fire started underneath a carriage at Warwick Parkway railway station. The 07:46 Leamington to Worcester Shrub Hill via Birmingham service caught fire just before 08:00 BST. The fire had started in the...

Major fire in Macduff flats leaves man dead

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  • September 12, 2015
A man in his early 20s has died and five other people were treated for smoke inhalation following a major fire in Macduff. Emergency crews were called to the block of flats in the Aberdeenshire town's Newtown Drive shortly after midnight. It took 29 ...

Man, 67, dies after setting fire to himself in Lowestoft

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  • September 12, 2015
A 67-year-old man has died from his injuries five days after setting fire to himself in a Suffolk street. The man, who has not been named died in Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, on Tuesday after suffering burns to his legs and body. Suffolk...

Wood burning stove fire warning over thatched roofs

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  • September 12, 2015
Thatched cottage owners are being warned about the fire risk posed by the fashion for wood burning stoves. Modern stoves concentrate heat more efficiently than traditional open fires, heating up chimney brickwork and embers which are blown onto the r...

One person dies in Waterlooville house fire

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  • September 12, 2015
One person has died in a fire at a house in Hampshire. Two fire crews tackled the blaze in the Woodsedge area of Waterlooville after the alarm was raised shortly after 10:30 BST. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said one person died at the scene and...

Fire crews tackle oil tank blaze in Ogmore-by-Sea

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  • September 12, 2015
Firefighters are tackling an oil tank blaze which has spread from one building to a neighbouring property in Vale of Glamorgan. The fire, at two detached properties in Ogmore-by-Sea, has caused one roof to collapse. South Wales Fire and Rescue Servic...

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