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House in Tinsley, Sheffield, destroyed by 'gas blast'

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  • May 29, 2013
A house has been destroyed and two more badly damaged in a suspected gas explosion in Sheffield. The blast was reported at the mid-terrace property at 09:05 BST in Dundas Road, Tinsley, South Yorkshire Fire Service said. A 150m (490ft) cordon has bee...

Woman's death triggers evacuation over gas leak fears

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  • May 29, 2013
A woman has died and neighbours have evacuated their homes after a suspected gas leak in the Scottish Borders. The emergency services were called to Fairhurst Drive in Hawick at 13:15 to help a 79-year-old woman who was suffering from a medical condi...

Sharkey fire deaths: Accused 'shown on Crimewatch film'

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  • May 29, 2013
A jury has heard that a figure shown on CCTV footage on the BBC's Crimewatch programme resembled a man accused of murdering three people in a house fire. George Murray, 58, told the High Court in Glasgow that when he saw the footage he realised the p...

Tender process under way for renovation of Houses of Parliament

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  • May 29, 2013
Parliament has begun a tender process for the renovation of the historic Palace of Westminster. The building suffers from flooding, has outdated electrical and drainage infrastructure, is full of asbestos and has fire safety issues. One of the option...

Hoax calls down by almost half over two years

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  • May 29, 2013
The number of hoax calls made to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has almost halved over two years. In 2012 the service dealt with 144 hoax callouts at a cost of £63,000, compared with 260 in 2011, totalling £137,000. Paul Slaven from the service...

Homes in Grays evacuated after crash causes gas leak

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  • May 29, 2013
Sixty properties have been evacuated in Grays after a car crash caused a ruptured gas main. Essex Police said a Nissan Almera and a Toyota Hiace crashed on Stanford Road and one car hit a green box containing a gas main. East of England Ambulance, Es...

Sharkey fire deaths: Accused 'slashed man on face'

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  • May 29, 2013
A man who was slashed on the face has told a jury that he was attacked by one of two men accused of murdering three people in a house fire in Helensburgh. At the High Court in Glasgow, Richard McKinney identified Robert Jennings as the man who slashe...

California wildfires: Thousands forced to evacuate

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  • May 29, 2013
Thousands of holiday campers and nearby residents have been forced to evacuate the mountains of Santa Barbara County, California. The fire broke out in the White Rock camping area of Los Padres National Forest but spread quickly due to heavy winds. H...

Royal Caribbean cruise cancelled in Bahamas after fire

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  • May 29, 2013
A fire has broken out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, forcing more than 2,200 passengers to end their trip early. The Grandeur of the Seas had left Baltimore on Friday and was en route to CocoCay in the Bahamas when fire broke out in the moorin...

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