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Firefighters issue drink-cooking warning

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning over the dangers of cooking while under the influence of alcohol.

Firefighters attended two kitchen fires in Carlisle in the space of two hours in the early hours of Sunday morning. On both occasions, the occupants were unaware of the fires until they were alerted by neighbours.

UPDATE: Aspatria fire in numbers

Around 30 Fire fighters tackled the fire Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters were alerted to a fire at a scrap yard in Aspatria at 15:00 yesterday.

On arrival fire crews found 40 cars ablaze.

By 16:40 around 30 firefighters accompanied by 8 fire engines, a command unit and a high volume water pump were tackling the fire.

Due to the heavy smoke, neighbouring residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

6 main water jets and hose reel jets were used to fight the fire which was eventually put out by 20:40.

No casualties were involved and no one sustained any injuries.

around 40 cars were ablaze Credit: ITV Border


Suspicious car fire in Annan

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Investigations are underway to find the cause of what's believed to be a suspicious car fire in Annan.

A red VW Golf was found ablaze at around 2am today in the car park of the Corner House Hotel.

The car was badly damaged and a joint police and fire service investigation is taking place to establish the cause.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Corner House car park in Annan in the early hours of Thursday 17 July 2015 and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious. They can call us on 101.

"As a result of this fire the car is burnt out inside and is extensively damaged."

– Constable Laurie Irving, Police Scotland in Annan


Man rescued from Hawick flat fire

Two fire crews were called to help. Credit: PA

A man has been rescued from a burning flat on Hawick High Street shortly before the roof collapsed.

Two fire crews were called out to the fire shortly before 10pm on Thursday 9 July.

More crews and a height appliance were called in to assist with the blaze, which was described as "well developed".

The man was treated for smoke inhalation.

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