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Kentucky firefighters injured in ice bucket challenge

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  • August 23, 2014
Two Kentucky firefighters are being treated for severe burns after suffering electric shocks while helping students participate in the "ice bucket challenge", local media report. The ladder from which they dumped water on a marching bad on Thursday w...

'Irritant smoke' warning as crews tackle Sheppey blaze

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  • August 23, 2014
People have been warned to stay inside their homes while fire crews tackle a large blaze at a Kent farm. At its height, about 50 firefighters were trying to extinguish fires at three barns in Elm Lane, Minster, the Isle of Sheppey, which began at abo...

Rescuers save sailor from burning yacht off Seaham

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  • August 23, 2014
A lone French yachtsman has been rescued after his boat burst into flames off the North East coast. The 36ft vessel caught fire at 05:45 BST off Seaham, County Durham. RNLI rescuers said thick plumes of smoke were spotted by boat crews in the area an...

Japan landslide: Death toll rises to 39 in Hiroshima

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  • August 23, 2014
Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 39 people. The number of people missing has risen to 51 after police cross-checked information with fire crews, officials quoted by Kyodo news...

Egypt tour bus collision kills 33 near Sharm El-Sheikh

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  • August 23, 2014
Two tour buses have collided near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say. One of the vehicles overturned in the crash which happened early in the morning about 50km (31 miles) from the popular...

Cambridgeshire thatched roof arson warning after five fires

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  • August 23, 2014
Arsonists set fire to five thatched roofs in the space of two hours in Cambridgeshire, the fire service said. The first blaze was reported in Offord Cluny at 00:37 BST and four further thatched roofs were set alight in Brampton. About 50 firefighters...

Five taken to hospital after house fire in Abergele

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  • August 23, 2014
Five people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Conwy. Six crews from Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Prestatyn were sent to Ffordd y Morfa, Abergele at about 11:00 BST. The blaze, which spread into the roof space, was brought under control mo...

Driver in 30ft cliff edge rescue at Bracelet Bay

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  • August 23, 2014
A woman has been rescued after her car was left hanging over a cliff edge - with a 30ft drop below. The incident happened at Bracelet Bay, Swansea, on Monday at about 21:20 BST. Mid and West Wales Fire Service, Mumbles Coastguard and South Wales Poli...

Westcliff gas main fire: Man charged with arson

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  • August 23, 2014
A man has been charged after gas main supplying a Tesco store and a block of flats was set alight. An area around London Road in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, was evacuated early on Monday by emergency services. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said t...

Firefighters attacked as they worked to save flats

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  • August 23, 2014
Firefighters were attacked as they tried to stop a blaze spreading to homes near a bonfire at the weekend. The Fire Service said a crew was working to drench the roofs of houses near the 15 August bonfire in the Bogside, Londonderry, on Friday. They ...