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London firefighters vote for strike

Firefighters in London have voted by more than 3-1 to go on strike in a row over new contracts, it was announced today.

Pop star Mika's sister 'critical' after being impaled on railings

The sister of pop star Mika is critically ill in hospital after falling from a window on to railings in west London, it has been reported.

Andras Petho: After 30 minutes, the stench is overpowering

I spent 30 minutes in Kolontar before my mouth became dry and the stench of the red sludge became so unbearable that I had to put on a mask. The village is a few hundred metres from the source of the spill and it was here that the sludge hit first. Some houses were almost washed away. Excavators and other vehicles were circling around the buildings and the drivers were wearing their own white masks because of the smell. It was the same story in Devecser, where I arrived seven hours after the disaster struck. Even in the darkness of the early evening, the deep-red colour dominated everything. Devecser is a small town with little more than 5,000 inhabitants, and it is far from any big city. Damaged cars, tree branches, torn gates and broken wooden fences lay everywhere. It looked like the aftermath of a devastating storm – except that everything was covered with a thick layer of red sludge.

Two held after pier is destroyed by fire

Two men were being questioned by police today after a landmark Victorian pier was destroyed by fire.

Firefighters battle blaze at their own station

Firefighters on Mull had to tackle a blaze in the roof of their own station.

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Firefighters launch action in contracts row

Firefighters are set to launch a campaign of industrial action tomorrow in a row over new contracts, with the threat of strikes next month.

Child dies in flat fire

A child died after a fire swept through a flat today, emergency services said.

Timber-framed buildings 'pose risk to firefighters'

An urgent review is needed relating to regulations concerning the fire risk of timber-framed buildings under construction, fire chiefs have said.

London firefighters vote for industrial action

Firefighters in London have voted by more than nine to one to take industrial action in a row over new contracts, it was announced today.

Firefighters to vote on strikes

Thousands of firefighters are to be balloted for strike action in an escalating row over new contracts, it was announced today.

Firefighters battle construction site blaze

More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze which broke out at a construction site.

Bodies found in blaze house

The bodies of two people, thought to be a mother and child, have been found in a house destroyed by a massive fire, emergency services said today.

Dead Cat Bounce, Gilded Balloon

Among the many, many musical comedy acts making a noise on the Fringe this year, Dead Cat Bounce enjoy two distinct advantages.

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