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Fire crews tackling docks blaze

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  • July 27, 2011
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with a fire at King George V docks in the Govan area of Glasgow. The brigade said the blaze involved a large amount of scrap and that no-one had been injured. Large amounts of smoke were visible from th...

Somerset firefighter retires after 47 years' service

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  • July 27, 2011
A retained firefighter is set to retire after 47 years of service in Somerset. Dave Hares joined in 1964 when he was 17 years old after telling "a porky" about his real age because he needed to be 18 to work at the station in Winscombe. In the first ...

Fire destroys plastics factory in Fairfield, California

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  • July 27, 2011
A major fire has destroyed a plastics factory in California. Firefighters arrived at the Macro plastics factory at around 13:20 local time (22:20 BST) to find the building engulfed by flames. Concerns about the possible toxicity of the smoke meant lo...

Book blaze at Holme Lacy tackled by fire crews

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  • July 27, 2011
A large pile of books caught alight in Herefordshire and firefighters were sent out to extinguish the blaze. About 50 sq metres of books stacked on a pallet were on fire at Shipley Gardens, in Holme Lacy. Three fire engines were called to the tourist...

Fforestfach tyre fire: Swansea arrest over waste dump

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  • July 27, 2011
A 42-year-old Swansea man has been arrested over the alleged illegal dumping of large-scale tyre waste at a factory destroyed in a major blaze. The fire at the former Mettoys site on the Fforestfach industrial estate in Swansea took 23 days to put ou...

Swansea factory blaze smoke roads reopen

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  • July 27, 2011
Roads have started to reopen as firefighters tackle a blaze at a factory in Swansea. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fire on the Morfa industrial estate at 06:13 BST on Wednesday. The fire involves acetylene and oxygen c...

Marlie Farm depot blast report gives 66 findings

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  • July 27, 2011
A report into a fireworks factory blast that killed two firefighters has made 66 recommendations. Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, both died in the fire at Marlie Farm, in Shortgate, Sussex, in 2006. Details in the report said firefigh...

Hovercraft rescues three women from Weston beach

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  • July 27, 2011
Firefighters have rescued three women and a dog who became trapped in the mud on Weston-super-Mare beach. The incident happened at 11:53 BST when the tide came in, leaving the group stuck thigh-high in mud between Royal Sands and Weston Pier. They we...

Marlie Farm fireworks blast widows win right to damages

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  • July 27, 2011
The families of two Sussex firefighters killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory near Lewes have won the right to damages from the site's owner. Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, died in the bla...

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