Miscellaneous category

04 Jan 2014

Surrey school fire destroys swimming pool complex

About 50 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a school in Surrey. A swimming pool complex was destroyed in the fire at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead Park, Surrey Fire and Rescue said. No-one was hurt in the blaze, which started at about 22:30 GMT on Friday, the fire service said. One […]

30 Dec 2013

Wilton UK Wood Recycling plant fire left to ‘burn itself out’

Thousands of tonnes of wood which have been on fire at a Teesside recycling plant for a week are to be left to burn out. The fire began on 23 December in a stack of wood in the UK Wood Recycling plant at the Wilton site near Redcar. Cleveland Fire Brigade said allowing the 16,000 […]

30 Dec 2013

London Fire Brigade to charge for false alarms

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is to charge businesses for call outs if they attend more than 10 false alarms in a 12-month period, from 1 January. During the last financial year the service was called to 403 locations more than 10 times, costing the brigade about £800,000. Had charges been in place, nearly £500,000 would […]

27 Dec 2013

Teesside UK Wood Recycling fire ‘escalates’

A fire at a wood recycling plant on Teesside has escalated due to extremely high winds, the firm has said. The blaze began on Monday in a small stack of wood at the UK Wood Recycling plant at the Wilton site near Redcar. Cleveland Fire Brigade said high winds had caused the fire to take […]

24 Dec 2013

Firefighters to strike on Christmas Eve over pensions

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 contingency plans. The three Welsh fire services warn homes face an increased risk of fire at […]

23 Dec 2013

Residents flee flats after blaze in Stewarton cafe

Residents in an East Ayrshire town fled from their flats after a fire broke out in a ground-floor cafe. Fire crews were called to the blaze in Avenue Square, Stewarton, in the early hours of Monday morning. They checked flats on the above two floors and extinguished the blaze. No-one was injured during the incident. […]

23 Dec 2013

Fire destroys Wolverhampton Strykers bowling alley

A fire has destroyed a closed-down bowling alley in Wolverhampton. The blaze at Strykers, which shut in October, was brought under control by 22:00 GMT on Sunday. About 100 firefighters were there at the height of the fire at the single-storey building in Shaw Road. West Midlands Fire Service said its officers and the police […]

21 Dec 2013

Fire closes Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures theme park in Surrey has been forced to close after a fire broke out in a cafe on the site. London Fire Brigade said the alert was raised at the attraction just after 08:30 GMT. In a statement, the theme park said the fire started before the venue opened and no-one […]

20 Dec 2013

London councils lose appeal against fire station closures

Seven London councils have lost their High Court battle over Boris Johnson’s proposals to shut 10 fire stations in the capital. More than 500 firefighters’ jobs will be lost under the plans, which have been approved by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA). The seven councils argued the plans are “legally flawed” and […]

19 Dec 2013

Northampton Red Hot Buffet destroyed by overnight fire

Fire crews were still tackling flames at what remains of a Northampton restaurant 12 hours after fire broke out. A joint police and fire service investigation is under way after the destroyed the Red Hot Buffet and Bar on Wednesday night. A nearby cinema was evacuated and roads closed as a result of the fire […]