Soldier hurt at blaze in motorcycle repair shop

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A soldier was injured while trying to rescue a couple and baby from a fire at a motorcycle repair shop. Two Green Goddesses attended the blaze in Liversedge, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in the early hours of yesterday.

WEST YORKSHIRE

A soldier was injured while trying to rescue a couple and baby from a fire at a motorcycle repair shop. Two Green Goddesses attended the blaze in Liversedge, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in the early hours of yesterday.

Despite exploding gas canisters fuelling the flames, the troops managed to extinguish the fire within four hours. But one soldier was injured when he was hit in the leg by flying debris from an explosion.

The military also had to tackle a fire for the second night running at Firth Park Comprehensive School in Sheffield. In York, firefighters abandoned the picket line to free a man impaled on railings in Poppleton Road. Overnight, the military responded to 67 incidents across Yorkshire.

CARDIFF

Sixteen people were rescued from their homes yesterday after a fire broke out in a terraced house. Two Green Goddesses and two breathing apparatus rescue teams contained the flames under the guidance of two fire officers.

WEST MIDLANDS

Police officers broke into a blazing block of flats and rescued three residents, including an 86-year-old man. The four officers from Bloxwich also put out the fire, using portable extinguishers, on Monday night. They controlled the flames, and then battled through thick smoke to try and find any residents.

Elsewhere, a pensioner was rescued from his burning flat by neighbours before the Green Goddesses could get to him. Ken Jordan, 78, was in a critical but stable condition last night having suffered burns at his home in Halesownen on Wednesday. Three Green Goddesses and a Red Goddess were at the fire within 14 minutes. It happened just a couple of minutes away from where 86-year-old John Davies died in a flat fire during the first night of the two-day strike on 14 November.

LANCASHIRE

Firefighters broke the picket line yesterday to cut a man out of a car crash

OXFORDSHIRE

Military firefighters in Oxford were called to reports of a pedestrian knocked down by a car on Monday evening. The woman was pronounced dead by paramedics.

ESSEX

Striking firefighters left the picket line to help their military counterparts when a privately-owned Gazelle helicopter crashed in a field in Hadleigh.

The Ministry of Defence said a Green Goddess went to the crash, but the 53-year-old pilot managed to get out of the wreckage himself, having suffered only minor injuries. The striking firefighters did not offer assistance when they realised no lives were at risk.

HAMPSHIRE

Firefighters in Portsmouth broke their picket to rescue two people from a house fire yesterday. By the time a fleet of Army Green Goddesses arrived at the fire, crews were damping down the blaze and the victims had already been taken to hospital.An ambulance crew helped extinguish a house blaze after spotting it on the way to another emergency yesterday evening.

SUSSEX

A Royal Navy fire crew put out a chimney fire using a fir tree after being called to a house in Seddlescombe. The crew could not reach the fire in the chimney because it was blocked with debris and resorted to using a tree from the garden.

DEVON

Fire officers urged the public to help protect their station after lifesaving equipment was sabotaged. At Totnes, South Devon, intruders tampered with breathing apparatus and at Kingsbridge two rear tyres of a fire engine were deflated. Both stations employ retained firemen who have not joined the strike.

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