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Electric blanket fire in Stoke-on-Trent led to man's death

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  • January 19, 2016
A 30-year-old electric blanket caused a fire which killed a man in Stoke-on-Trent. People are now being advised to check theirs after 69-year-old Dave Jackson died in November when his faulty blanket set alight. The Electrical Safety Council says mor...

Chiswick office block fire: More than 70 firefighters tackle blaze

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  • January 19, 2016
Twelve people were evacuated from their homes during the night after a large fire broke out at a riverside office block in west London. Ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters were called the blaze at the Strand-On-The-Green in Chiswick shortl...

Ellen Finnegan: Fire victim's last words to dad were 'I love you'

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  • January 19, 2016
A priest has revealed that the father of a young woman killed in a fire in Castlewellan is taking solace from her last words which were "I love you dad". Ellen Finnegan, who was 18, died in a blaze in her flat above the family's butcher's shop on Sat...

Woolsington Hall fire treated as arson

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  • January 19, 2016
A blaze which gutted a Grade II listed mansion near Newcastle, causing millions of pounds of damage, is being treated as arson. The fire at derelict Woolsington Hall began sometime between 18:00 and 20:00 GMT on 29 December. Thirty firefighters tackl...

Death crash driver 'steered into fire engine'

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  • January 19, 2016
A man who died in a head-on collision with a fire engine probably steered into the vehicle deliberately, an inquest has heard. Father-of-two Darren Mark Harvey, 25, of Portsmouth Road, Woolston, died in the crash in the New Forest in August. The coro...

Brazil fire: Explosion unleashes toxic gas in Santos

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  • January 19, 2016
A chemical explosion at a cargo warehouse in Brazil has spread toxic gas over the country's biggest port. The company owners said the containers in Santos were full of acid and a disinfectant which came into contact with rainwater, causing a reaction...

Inquiry after man dies in Blaenau Ffestiniog home fire

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  • January 19, 2016
An inquiry has been launched after an elderly man died a following a fire in a Gwynedd home, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has said. Crews were called to the house in Bowydd Road, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, at 21:30 GMT on Thursday after reports of...

One dead in New Forest flat fire

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  • January 19, 2016
One person has died in a fire at a flat in the New Forest. The blaze broke out at the property above a hairdressers in Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, just before 02:30 GMT. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said a joint investigation with police was under ...

Cawsand fire death likely caused by cigarette, inquest hears

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  • January 19, 2016
A pensioner whose poor health left him unable to move or call for help when fire engulfed his home most likely died after dropping a cigarette, an inquest heard. Ivor Houson, 79, had to "sit there" as flames tore through his bungalow in south east Co...

CCTV appeal after 'suspicious' Swansea housing office fire

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  • January 19, 2016
Police investigating a suspicious fire at a Swansea council housing office have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the blaze. The fire broke out at Housing Options premises on High Street in the city centre at around 19...

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