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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Heating a tin on the toaster led to major fire

A serious fire which damaged a maisonette was probably caused by a toaster being used to heat a tin of spaghetti, according to the emergency services.

Fire crews battle south-east London factory blaze

Around 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a factory today.

Will Self and family flee collapsing house as roof caves in

Writer Will Self is lucky to be alive after the roof of his house collapsed while he was inside.

Power cut hits 90,000 after blaze

A blaze at a goods yard which ran underneath an electricity line caused almost 90,000 properties to be without power this afternoon.

AA accuses drivers of 'stupid' fuel actions

The AA has warned of "stupid and very dangerous" actions being taken by panicked drivers.

Two hurt in Bethnal Green lava lamp flat blast

Two people were injured when an attempt to create a home-made lava lamp caused an explosion and fire.

Fire Brigade to outsource 999 calls

Lives will be put at risk by moves to "privatise" the handling of emergency calls to the fire service, critics warned last night.

Four hurt as Kate Moss hoarding collapses in Oxford Street

Four people were taken to hospital after an advertising board featuring supermodel Kate Moss collapsed on London's busiest shopping street.

The scene in west London

Firefighters tackle 'challenging' west London fire

Around 75 firefighters and 15 fire engines were tackling a blaze at a site that is believed to be a dairy today.

17 people rescued from London tower block blaze

A fire at a 16-storey tower block has been brought under control, the fire brigade said tonight.

Video: 9/11 fireman's miracle escape

9/11 fireman's miracle escape: Mickey Kross recalls the moment the Twin Towers fell on top of him.

Seven rescued for flats blaze

Seven people were rescued by firefighters today after a blaze broke out in the stairwell of their four-storey block of seafront flats.

Rioters 'demented' says Boris Johnson

London mayor Boris Johnson described the actions of rioters who prevented firefighters from reaching burning buildings earlier this week as "demented" today.

Man critical after tower block fire

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a blaze at a tower block that led to the evacuation of 150 residents.

Woman trapped in well for six hours

A woman has been rescued after spending six hours trapped down a well shaft.

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