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Dramatic pictures in Luton as fire breaks out in block of flats

A child and three adults had to be treated by paramedics this afternoon as firefighters tackled a blaze in a block of flats in Luton.

They were all evacuated from the property on the second floor of the building on Hockwell Ring.

Firefighters were called at about 2.15pm.

No one else was hurt in the fire - which was captured on video by Jonathan Matthews - although flats on either side were also damaged.

The blaze was out by 3pm. An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.


Woman rescued from blazing bungalow

A woman has been rescued from a bungalow fire in Wootton near Bedford. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

Firefighters have rescued a woman from a bungalow in Wootton near Bedford.

They were called to Potters Cross in the village in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A man had escaped through a window but the woman was trapped in a bedroom.

Fire fighters in breathing apparatus forced their way into the smoke-filled house and freed the woman. Both she and the man were taken to hospital .

The home suffered 20% fire damage and 60% smoke damage.

Half way through Essex fire cuts consultation

Essex Fire Service has to save £7m a year. Credit: Press Association.

A public consultation about what cuts Essex Fire Service should make has reached its half-way point.

The service has to save £7m a year until 2020. People in the county are being asked for their opinions about different plans that could achieve that.

All three options would scrap jobs and remove fire engines.


Family of five made homeless by Essex blaze

The fire was at Rochford Road in St Osyth, near Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed their Essex house.

Firefighters were called to Rochford Road at St Osyth, near Clacton, at about 11.15pm on Friday March 11.

It took nearly two hours to put out the blaze which destroyed the first floor of the terraced house and left the ground floor smoke damaged.

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Merging police and fire frontline services to boost efficiency

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has met with the county's Fire and Rescue Service to discuss closer collaboration. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has met with the county's Fire and Rescue Service to discuss closer collaboration.

The government says that amalgamating emergency services and sharing resources will increase efficiency.

But the Fire Brigades Union says it's about cost cutting and could put the public at risk. The argument is that fire and rescue and police services work well together already.

It's looking at how, through closer collaboration - like shared buildings and management structures, this could be improved. But the fear is to what extent that amalgamation goes and whether it should be done under the governance of a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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