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Birmingham cinema fire sparked by electrical fault

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  • December 8, 2015
A fire at a cinema in Birmingham's entertainment district was caused by an electrical fault, firefighters say. Crews received more than 20 calls about the blaze at Cineworld in Broad Street on Sunday evening. Hundreds of people were evacuated from th...

Fire crews in County Durham and Teesdale respond to more than 200 flood-related calls

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  • December 8, 2015
Firefighters in Durham and Teesside were called out more than 200 times to help people affected by flooding, including two women stranded in a car. The Durham and Darlington Fire Service said staff from all of its 15 stations were involved after the ...

Colchester mother and baby trapped by candle fire

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  • December 8, 2015
A woman and her one-year-old baby were trapped in their home by a fire sparked by a candle that had not been properly blown out. The pair were asleep in Manor Road, Colchester, when the woman was woken by the sound of the fire on the stairs. They wer...

Sixfields pub on fire near Northampton football stadium

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  • December 8, 2015
A pub was engulfed in flames just yards from a football stadium where an FA Cup match was under way. The fire at Sixfields Tavern in Northampton began at about 14:30 GMT, half an hour before kick-off between The Cobblers and Northwich. Northamptonshi...

Azeri oil rig fire: Rescue bid as 30 workers missing

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  • December 8, 2015
At least one oil worker is dead and 30 are missing after a platform in the Caspian Sea caught fire in a storm, the office of President Ilham Aliyev says. State oil company Socar told the BBC that 63 workers had been on the Guneshli platform at the ti...

Man charged with care home arson fire in Barking

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  • December 8, 2015
A man has been charged with arson after a fire tore through the ground floor of a care home in east London. A woman, 43, with learning disabilities was rescued from the Beccles Drive property in Barking on 13 November. Sabbir Ahmed, 22, of Doveton St...

Explosions at scene of battery fire in Elland business park

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  • December 8, 2015
Up to 50 firefighters have battled a large fire involving batteries at a recycling centre in West Yorkshire. The blaze, at North Dean Business Park on Stainland Road, Elland, started at about 10:15 GMT. Several explosions were witnessed at the fire's...

Man found dead in house fire in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

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  • December 8, 2015
A man has been found dead after a house fire in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call just before 08:30 GMT on Thursday. The man was found dead in an upstairs bedroom, after fire crews arrived at the hou...

Fire engines in Scotland 'regularly' unstaffed, claims Fire Brigades Union

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  • December 3, 2015
Fire engines are regularly unstaffed in some areas of Scotland because of an increasing pressure on budgets, the Fire Brigades Union has claimed. Its Scottish secretary Stephen Thomson told the BBC that a lack of cover meant appliances in the Grampia...

Lichfield substation fire leaves 25,000 homes without power

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  • December 3, 2015
A large fire at an electrical substation caused the loss of power to up to 25,000 homes in Staffordshire. Several fire appliances were sent to the site, behind a petrol station in Eastern Avenue in Lichfield, at about 20:50 GMT on Wednesday. Western ...

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