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20 Feb 2014

Blackdown Hall fire was ’caused by electrical fault’

A severe fire at an Edwardian apartment block in Leamington Spa was probably caused by an electrical fault, a chief firefighter has said. The blaze at Blackdown Hall started on the first floor of one of the flats at around 13:45 GMT on Wednesday before spreading to the roof. At its height 50 firefighters were […]

10 Feb 2014

Torquay house fire man dies

A man who was rescued from a house fire in Torquay has died in hospital, police have said. Emergency services were called to the house in Dunmere Road at about 06:20 GMT on Sunday. The man, who was taken to Torbay Hospital, has not been identified and the cause of the fire is unclear. Neighbouring […]

09 Feb 2014

Woman’s body found after Wallasey house fire

A woman’s body has been found after a house fire on Merseyside. Firefighters were called to Village Way, Wallasey, at 04:30 GMT after smoke alarms alerted neighbours. Three fire engines attended, with firefighters wearing breathing apparatus finding the body in a bedroom on the first floor. Mark Thomas, of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said […]

09 Feb 2014

Man dies in ‘deliberate’ house fire in Dudley

A man in his 40s has died in a house fire in the West Midlands which police said was started deliberately. A 42-year-old woman and two boys, nine and 15, escaped from the fire which started in the house in Wood Street in Dudley at about 18:10 GMT on Saturday. Police said they had been […]

08 Feb 2014

Man’s body found after Croydon house fire

A man’s body was found by firefighters called to a house fire in south London. Firefighters were called to Addiscombe Court, in Croydon, just after 11:30 GMT where crews found the body of a man in the bedroom on the ground floor. London Fire Brigade said the ground floor of the terraced house was damaged […]

04 Feb 2014

Devizes waste recycle centre fire still alight after a week

A fire at a waste recycling centre in Devizes is still burning a week after it began, the fire service has said. The blaze broke out at the Wiltshire Waste site in Nursteed Road last Tuesday. A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said a quantity of rubbish was still smouldering, and was expected to […]

04 Feb 2014

Walsall crews tackle severe fire at battery warehouse

Fifty firefighters are tackling a “severe” fire on an industrial site near Walsall. The blaze, at G and P Batteries Ltd in Darlaston, is believed to be in a warehouse storing lithium batteries, the fire service said. Ten fire engines were sent to the site on Willenhall Road after being called at 14:25 GMT. Some […]

04 Feb 2014

Llandow fire lasting two weeks was accident, fire service finds

A huge blaze at a Vale of Glamorgan industrial estate that burned for more than two weeks started accidentally, investigators say. The fire at Siteserv on the Vale Business Park in Llandow could be seen across the Bristol channel when it broke out on 26 November. Almost 90 firefighters tackled the blaze of recycled material. […]

04 Feb 2014

Ironbridge Power Station fire tackled

Fifty firefighters have tackled a blaze in a turbine hall at a power station. Crews called to the site in Ironbridge, Shropshire, waited more than an hour to begin tackling the fire with water while the electricity generating turbines were isolated. The fire service said there had been no reports of injuries after the blaze […]

02 Feb 2014

Smoke advice over Sherburn-in-Elmet tyre fire clean-up

More smoke will come from a huge tyre fire as clean-up teams begin removing debris, residents have been warned. The fire, involving more than 15,000 tonnes of tyres, started on 16 January at the Newgen Recycling Centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire could burn “for another week”. Crews […]