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Fire engulfs Mexico City marketplace

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  • February 27, 2013
A fire has swept through a historic marketplace in the Mexican capital, Mexico City, causing extensive damage. Images broadcast on Mexican television network Televisa showed smoke pouring from the Merced market, east of the city's main square, the Zo...

Death blaze dad Mick Philpott 'laughed and joked'

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  • February 27, 2013
A father accused of killing his six children in a house fire joked about the night of the blaze to a police officer, Nottingham Crown Court heard. Mick Philpott, 56, was described as "jovial" by PC Joanne Halford when she spoke to him at Royal Derby ...

Parked cars 'could stop fire engines' in Staplehurst

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  • February 27, 2013
Fears that rail commuters' parked cars could block emergency services getting to parts of a Kent housing estate have sparked an online campaign. Residents of Lime Trees, near Staplehurst station, are posting photos of the parked cars on a Facebook pa...

Firefighters could be helped by holograph technology

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  • February 27, 2013
Infra-red holography could be more useful than the camera imagery currently used by firefighters searching for people trapped in burning buildings, researchers in Italy say. They have built an imaging system that uses an infra-red laser to penetrate ...

Fire engine in collision with car in Liverpool

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  • February 27, 2013
Two people were injured when a fire engine collided with a car as it responded to reports of a blaze in Liverpool. The crash happened at about 10:45 GMT at the junction of Parliament Street and Park Road. A 40-year-old man and a firefighter were take...

Bravery award for South Yorkshire car rescue woman

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  • February 27, 2013
A woman who pulled an injured driver from his crashed car seconds before it burst into flames has been given a fire service award. Catherine Neary, 43, ran to the vehicle after it hit an electricity pylon on the A631 near Maltby, South Yorkshire in J...

Calcutta illegal market hit by deadly fire

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  • February 27, 2013
At least 19 people have been killed in a fire that swept through an illegal market in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, police officials say. The Surya Sen Market was housed in an old multi-storey building in the crowded Sealdah area of the city. ...

Pensioner dies in sheltered housing fire

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  • February 27, 2013
A woman has died in a fire at her sheltered accommodation in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Firefighters were called to the blaze in the living room of the property just before 18:45 GMT on Tuesday. The woman, believed to be in her late 80s, was found by fire...

London Fire Authority agrees to allow cuts consultation

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  • February 27, 2013
The London Fire Authority has decided not to challenge Mayor Boris Johnson's order to hold a public consultation on proposed cuts to London Fire Brigade. Shutting 12 fire stations, cut 520 jobs and axe 18 fire engines to save £45m, by 2015, are prop...

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to cut 140 jobs

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  • February 27, 2013
More than 140 posts, 90 of them firefighters jobs, are to go at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service over the next three years. Reductions in central government grants means it has to make savings of nearly £10m over the next two years on top of £9.2...

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