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Sunday, 4 November 2007, 06:59 GMT
Papers dominated by fire tragedy

The fire in Warwickshire, in which it is feared four firefighters died, is extensively covered across the Sunday papers.

The story leads both the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday .

The Sunday Times says the fire service is mourning its worst night for 35 years.

The News of The World reports one of the victims recently became a father.

According to the Telegraph , one firefighter at the scene was understood to be mourning the loss of his son, who had died just yards away from him.

'Deadly cocktail'

The Independent on Sunday highlights what it calls "Britain's deadly cocktail" - children and alcohol.

It says under-18s in alcohol treatment programmes have soared by 40% in the past year, to more than 6,500.

Health professionals are said to be particularly concerned about the number of young girls requiring treatment.

The paper reports that experts are blaming pop stars for appearing to glamorise excessive drinking.

Kate and Gerry

The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Star focus on the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Mirror reports Portuguese detectives plan to close the case by Christmas, leaving official suspects Kate and Gerry McCann under suspicion.

The reports appear against the background of a picture of Madeleine sitting on the back of a Shetland pony next to her mother.

The newly-released photo was taken less than three weeks before she vanished.

Failing rule

President Musharraf's imposition of a state of emergency in Pakistan is, the Observer believes, a desperate bid to shore up his flagging rule.

The Sunday Times says he has put himself on a collision course with Britain, America, his own country's Supreme Court and Benazir Bhutto.

For the Telegraph , he has signed away his chances of political survival.

To rule now through naked fear alone will prove impossible, the paper's political commentator reports.