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Fire at South Ockendon disused school prompts home evacuations

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  • May 17, 2013
About 20 homes surrounding a disused school building were evacuated after it went up in flames. Fire crews have worked through the night after the fire took hold at the former Dilkes Wood Centre in Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon. Officers said there w...

Fire service needs transforming, says government review

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  • May 17, 2013
Fire and rescue services in England need to be "transformed" to become more efficient and effective, a government-commissioned review has said. Sir Ken Knight said incidents were down 40% over the past decade but the number of firefighters was roughl...

Causes of Texas fertiliser plant blast mooted

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  • May 17, 2013
Investigators in Texas searching for clues to last month's deadly blast at a fertiliser plant say they have identified three possible causes. Arson, an electrical wiring fault or even a broken golf buggy may have been responsible, they say. Investiga...

National Library of Wales fire damage repairs put at £5m

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  • May 17, 2013
The cost of repairs to the National Library of Wales after a fire gutted a section of roof last month is expected to be up to £5m. Managers in Aberystwyth are in talks with insurance companies and the Welsh government over the bill. It follows an in...

Five firefighters hurt in Monmouthshire engine crash

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  • May 17, 2013
A firefighter has been seriously hurt and four others have suffered minor injuries after a fire engine crashed in Monmouthshire. A crew from the Blaenavon station were involved in the incident on the Blaenavon to Govilon road. The five were taken to ...

Beenham compost fire: Legal notice served on company

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  • May 17, 2013
A blaze at a recycling plant in Berkshire that began in a pile of wood mulch in November has been declared a "public nuisance". A legal abatement notice has been served on Good 2 Grow Recycling which owns the pile at Beenham, giving them 14 days to t...

AWE admits safety breach over 2010 Aldermaston fire

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  • May 17, 2013
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) failed to properly protect its workers during a fire at its Berkshire site. Reading Crown Court heard the fire in Aldermaston in August 2010 happened in a building which housed explosives. Ashley Emery, from Bas...

St Brigid's Church in Newmains, Lanarkshire, damaged in fire

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  • May 17, 2013
A Lanarkshire church has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in its roof. Firefighters found St Brigid's Parish Church in Newmains' Westwood Road well alight. Three appliances attended the incident and by 14:00 the fire was under control. St Br...

National Library of Wales fire 'started by blowtorch'

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  • May 17, 2013
A fire that gutted a section of roof at the National Library of Wales was started accidentally by workers using a blowtorch, an investigation has found. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the propane-powered device set fire to wood behin...

Sharkey fire deaths: Witness wanted to 'do the right thing'

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  • May 17, 2013
A drug dealer sent a message to a woman who lost her family in a house fire, telling her that he was going to "do the right thing", a court has heard. Lee McCarthy, 31, told the High Court in Glasgow that he sent the message to 48-year-old Angela Sha...

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