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Train crash: Toxic chemicals on fire near Belgium's Ghent

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  • May 4, 2013
Two people died and 14 were injured when a train carrying toxic, flammable chemicals derailed and caused a major fire near the Belgian city of Ghent. The train was travelling from the Netherlands to Ghent's seaport when it derailed as it changed trac...

California's Springs Fire nearly triples in size

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  • May 4, 2013
A wildfire raging on the coast of Southern California has nearly tripled in size inside 24 hours, engulfing an area of 43 sq miles (111 sq km). Firefighters have been using engines, aircraft, bulldozers and other equipment to battle the flames 50 mil...

Toddler rescued from Iffley hotel roof

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  • May 4, 2013
A toddler has been rescued from the roof of a hotel after a passer-by climbed a drainpipe to reach him. The two-year-old was spotted by a man on the ridge of the roof at the Tree Hotel in Iffley, Oxfordshire on Friday evening. He held the boy on the ...

Church Stretton hotel fire victims remembered

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  • May 4, 2013
Two victims of a fire that claimed the lives of five people at a Shropshire hotel 45 years ago have had their names added to a memorial. Olive Guest and Mary Wilkinson were the only members of staff to perish in the blaze at The Hotel in Church Stret...

Boy, 9, impaled through leg by metal bar after fall

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  • May 4, 2013
A nine-year-old boy has been rescued by firefighters and paramedics after becoming impaled on a metal bar. The boy had fallen about 12 ft (3.6m) from a car park on Westmoreland Road, Douglas, fire station officer Mark Christian said. He landed betwee...

Grass fires: FBU concern as call-outs rise

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  • May 4, 2013
Resources are being stretched as the numbers of grass fires in south Wales reached 200 in a week, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). It has concerns too that the fires could result in a member of the public or a fire fighter being injured. T...

Three rescued after flats blaze in Maryhill, Glasgow

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  • May 4, 2013
Three people have been rescued by firefighters after a blaze tore through part of a block of flats in Glasgow. Crews arrived at the building in the Maryhill area at about 20:30 on Friday after 999 calls from the public. They were confronted by a "wel...

Summerland memorial planning application submitted

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  • May 4, 2013
Plans for a memorial to remember the 50 people killed in the Summerland fire in 1973 have been submitted by Douglas Council. It will be the 40th anniversary of the tragedy on the 2 August 2013. If the application is approved a three-column memorial w...

Elderly Hackney woman dies in flat blaze

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  • May 4, 2013
An elderly woman has died in a fire at her Hackney flat. The woman in her 70s died in the fire which took hold at about 20:00 BST on Friday at Knightland Road in Upper Clapton. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 21 firefighters were involved in tackling ...

California firefighters tackling six major wildfires

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  • May 4, 2013
One of the fiercest blazes has shut the famous Pacific Coast Highway for the second time in as many days, with a 30-mile (50-km) stretch off-limits. The so-called Springs fire has reached the coast north-west of Los Angeles, threatening thousands of ...

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