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Fire damages at former Reading University halls Bulmershe Court

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  • December 26, 2013
A fire has damaged a hall of residence recently sold by the University of Reading. The blaze, at the Bulmershe Court Campus in Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, started on Tuesday evening. Prince Gibril, 36, who works as a security guard on site, said: "I s...

Rebuilding lives after Australia bushfires

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  • December 26, 2013
Among the contorted metal and charred remains of what were once proud family homes, tiny green shoots are starting to emerge from the blackened soil of the fire-hit Blue Mountains in eastern Australia. In October, three large blazes devoured vast are...

Kent fire crews refrain from strike amid flooding

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  • December 26, 2013
Firefighters decided not to take part in a strike on Christmas Eve after flooding in Kent was declared a "major incident". Crews had been due to go on strike from 19:00 to 00:00 GMT but their union said its members had been recalled. Kent fire servic...

Firefighters to strike on Christmas Eve over pensions

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  • December 26, 2013
Fire services across Wales have prepared for a "challenging" five-hour strike by crews on Christmas Eve as the dispute over pension changes continues. Firefighters walked out at 19:00 GMT to return at midnight but senior officers said they had contin...

Surrey flooding: Firefighters refrain from striking for 'major incident'

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  • December 26, 2013
Firefighters in Surrey decided not to take part in a strike on Christmas Eve when flooding on the River Mole was declared a major incident. Dorking, Leatherhead and Guildford were all placed on flood alert as storms hit the county. Crews were due t...

Dorset firefighters rescue 30 people from flood waters

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  • December 26, 2013
Fire crews in Dorset rescued 30 people trapped in their cars by flood water after strong winds and torrential rain. Firefighters helped people in Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Wimborne. The fire service said it received mo...

Man dies after Newton Abbot dog river rescue bid

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  • December 26, 2013
A man has died after trying to rescue a dog from a fast-flowing river in Devon. Witnesses said the man was swept away by the current after he went into the River Lemon, in Newton Abbot, at about 11:15 GMT. The dog was rescued unharmed. Elsewhere, pro...

Shropshire crash: Woman dies in three-car collision

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  • December 26, 2013
A woman has died and a man was seriously hurt in a crash involving three cars in Shropshire. Weather conditions were very difficult when it happened on the A458 about a mile to the west of Dinky's Dinah in Ford, the ambulance service said. The woman ...

Firefighters meet Dumfries family they saved 20 years ago

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  • December 26, 2013
Firefighters who rescued four small children from a fire in a Dumfries home 20 years ago have returned to their old station to meet the family they saved. Phillip Tate suffered 40% burns and spent seven months in hospital as a result of the fire in D...

Woman suffers burns in Stoke-on-Trent flat fire

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  • December 26, 2013
A woman has been treated for burns following a fire at a flat in Stoke-on-Trent. The fire started at Marchwood Court in Penkhull, at 21:30 GMT on Monday and was brought under control by about 22:40 GMT. The woman was taken to hospital with significan...

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