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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Fireman Christian McClean comforts colleague Alex Badcock (right) after they both finished the last ever shift at Clerkenwell fire station in London.

Firefighters cry as 10 London stations including Clerkenwell close due to cuts

There were emotional scenes as firestations across the capital closed their doors

Woman who died after being found on fire in street is named as Rachel Osei

Police and fire services have launched an investigation after the woman, believed to be 18 years old, suffered burns to every part of her body

Crazy Cafe at Chessington World of Adventures where a large blaze has gutted the inside of the building

Chessington World of Adventures: Theme park closed after fire at cafe

The Chessington World of Adventures theme park has been forced to close after a major fire in an on site cafe.

Spider on a pillow is among non-emergency calls to firefighters

London Fire Brigade has revealed some of the strangest requests their control room has received recently

The London Duck Tours boat, left, as rescue services extinguish the flames after it caught on fire near to the houses of Parliament

Duck boat trips on Thames halted after fire

30 passengers were rescued close to Lambeth Bridge in the heart of London

Firefighters tackle blaze at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant

Around 150 people were evacuated from a shopping centre after a fire at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant.

Firefighters will not respond to less urgent calls during strike

Firefighters may not respond to calls about gas leaks, flooding, people trapped in lifts, grass and rubbish  fires, and animal rescues, during a national strike this week, a leading brigade has warned.

Rubbish piled up inside the living room

Hoarder was feared dead after living room ceiling collapsed under 20 tonnes of rubbish

Police officers, demolition workers and firefighters were called to the scene to secure and search the terraced home

Flooded streets after burst water main in Herne Hill, London

Burst main leaves pub with 60,000 litres of water in the cellar as neighbourhood floods

Massive clean-up under way after major junction was flooded to 1.5 metres

Always keep the key handy: Fire Fighters have linked rise in call-outs to people trapped in handcuffs to Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon

Fifty Shades hotter? London Fire Brigade blames 'mummy porn' for rising number of handcuff incidents

Fire fighters have linked increasing call-outs to people trapped in handcuffs to the popularity of books such as EL James' "mummy porn" trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey.

80 firefighters tackle blaze in Bow high rise flats

Approximately 80 firefighters are tackling a blaze in a block of high rise flats in east London.

Blaze destroys £4m Kensington mansion that was under renovation

Mother and her daughter are pulled to safety as firefighters try to contain the fire

Two killed in Plumstead house fire

Two women have died and five other people have been taken to hospital after a house fire.

Chessington World of Adventures

Dozens stranded on theme park ride at Chessington World of Adventures

All 39 people who were stranded on a theme park ride in Surrey for three hours were rescued on Sunday evening after an emergency operation.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London

Met chief calls for calm after fire at Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has made an impassioned plea for unity after a fire in an Islamic boarding school in south-east London three days after a fire at a community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

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