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West Midlands Fire Service Academy to close

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  • November 27, 2013
A fire service training academy, once regarded as a national centre of excellence, is to be closed. The West Midlands Fire Service Academy, in Smethwick, once trained officers from forces across the country. However, the authority said falling number...

Dorset men get blaze bravery awards after tanker fire

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  • November 27, 2013
A man who helped put out a major fire after a tanker was driven into a bungalow, has said he didn't realise the danger he was in at the time. Darren Fletcher from Wareham was one of two Dorset men who leapt into action after the incident in 2012. Mr ...

Worcestershire leisure park fire 'caused by Chinese lantern'

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  • November 27, 2013
A fire at a camping and caravanning centre in Worcestershire is thought to have been started by a Chinese lantern. About 50 caravans and mobile homes were damaged in the blaze at Croft Farm Leisure Park, near Tewkesbury, in the early hours of Sunday....

Tassagh fire deaths: Stephen Smith recalls sex abuse by Thomas O'Hare

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  • November 27, 2013
One of four brothers on trial for double murder has recalled in court the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of one of the murder victims. Stephen Smith had just turned 24 when he and his brothers attacked the County Armagh home of Thom...

Portishead gun centre arson 'act of domestic extremism'

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  • November 27, 2013
An arson attack on a partially-constructed police firearms centre was an act of domestic extremism, Avon and Somerset Police has said. Chief Constable Nick Gargan said a significant investigation into the blaze at Black Rock Quarry, Portishead, was c...

Large fire tackled at Vale Business Park, Llandow

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  • November 26, 2013
About 60 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at an industrial estate in the Vale of Glamorgan, the second outbreak in less than a month. Eight pumps, four water bowsers and other appliances are being used in the operation at the Vale Business Par...

China Qingdao oil pipe blasts: Nine arrested

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  • November 26, 2013
Police in China have arrested nine people in relation to explosions that killed 55 people, state media report. The blasts in the eastern city of Qingdao took place on Friday, after a leaking oil pipeline owned by oil refiner Sinopec caught fire. Seve...

Rhyl house blast couple's 'lucky escape'

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  • November 26, 2013
An elderly couple had an "extremely lucky escape" after a cigarette caused an explosion of pressurised oxygen cylinders in their Denbighshire home. They escaped unhurt from the bedroom fire in Rhyl on Monday after 05:30 GMT. But the oxygen line conne...

Wigan fireman jailed for car blaze insurance fraud

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  • November 26, 2013
A former firefighter, commended for saving a life, has been jailed for five years over an insurance fraud. Anthony Murray, 43, of Orrell, Wigan, earlier admitted torching his BMW behind Skelmersdale fire station where he was the watch manager. He was...

Four rescued after suspicious fire in Perth High Street

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  • November 26, 2013
Three men and a woman have been rescued from the roof of a block of flats after a blaze in Perth High Street. Police said two of the four were treated at Perth Royal Infirmary before being discharged. The fire was reported at about 05:21 on Monday an...

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