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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Gas explosion destroys four houses and leaves 15 injured

A survivor spoke of the horrific explosion which flattened four houses and injured 15 people when a suspected gas blast tore through his home.

Tom Sutcliffe: Even fools know the meaning of bravery

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Fire crews 'lacked supplies to help 7/7 wounded'

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Firefighters strike again in row over contracts

London's firefighters went on strike again today in a row over new contracts.

Firefighters due to go on strike today

London firefighters were due to strike today in protest against plans for a new shift system after last-ditch talks between the Fire Brigades Union and the capital's fire brigade collapsed last night.

Fresh talks aim at averting firefighters' strike

Fresh talks aimed at averting strikes by firefighters in London will be held today.

John Walsh: BTW (29/10/10)

We know people have been ex-communicated on wobbly grounds, but this is ridiculous. From Melbourne comes the story of Libby Ashby, a single mother and actress in TV commercials. When asked to do an ad for erectile dysfunction awareness, she wasn't keen, but needed the money. In the commercial, she's seen using her husband's triumphantly restored membrum virile for a leg-up to reach a biscuit tin on a shelf, while a voiceover intones, "Take the right step towards erection problems." Now her local church has "disfellowshipped" her. In Catholic rubric, nine sins condemn you to excommunication. They include heresy, apostasy, schism and the use of physical force against the Pontiff. I don't recall any mention of, you know, biscuits.

Crew use life rafts to escape from blazing ship

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Bonfire night strike talks break down

Talks aimed at averting a Bonfire Night strike by firefighters in London broke down without agreement today.

James Moore: If the CBI wants a union crackdown, firefighters may provoke one

Outlook You may not have heard of AssetCo, a small, but growing British company that specialises in fighting fires. That may quickly change if you have the misfortune to find yourself among the thousands of Londoners who get into a spot of bother on Bonfire Night. Not only does AssetCo provide equipment to the London fire brigade, it also supplies firefighters in the event that the regular ones are unable to perform their duties, perhaps because of a major catastrophe, perhaps because of something else... such as a strike.

Firefighters to strike on bonfire night

London will be without full-time fire cover on one of the busiest nights of the year after firefighters announced a strike on Bonfire Night.

Services under threat: Longer waits for cancer tests – and firefighters

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London firefighters set to walk out on strike

Thousands of London firefighters will take the "terrible step" of going on strike tomorrow after a row over new contracts remained deadlocked.

Post-mortem due on worker who died in trench

A post mortem examination is to be carried out today on a man who died trapped in a trench despite the efforts of emergency services to rescue him.

London firefighters set strike dates

Firefighters are to stage two eight-hour strikes in the capital in a row over new contracts, it was announced today.

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