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Onion factory fire

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire at an onion factory in Sorby Street in Sheffield which started at noon on Saturday.

At its height eight fire engines were involved. Workers at the factory had all been evacuated safely before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings on the commercial estate. On Sunday morning, one fire engine remained at the scene as a precaution.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will now take place.

Farm shop destroyed by fire to be rebuilt

Hinchcliffe's Farm shop

A family-run farm shop in Huddersfield almost destroyed by fire is to be rebuilt.

Hinchcliffe's was struck by a devastating fire in 2010, but Kirklees Council has granted full planning permission for a new farm shop and restaurant on the site.

"The fire destroyed our buildings but it never destroyed our passion,’ said director Simon Hirst. ‘We’ve continued to provide pasture to plate food in the subsequent three years and have been consistently buoyed along the way by the enthusiasm and loyalty of both our staff and customers.

"This decision is great news for all of us – it’s the best Christmas present any of us could have wished for."


Crossed wires - the misdirected 999 call

When Yorkshire farmer Rachel Robinson made a 999 call to the fire brigade after her farm had been targeted by arsonists, she assumed the brigade would come to her rescue in minutes.

But the fire service was on strike and what Rachel didn't know was that her emergency call had been misdirected to London. That left her and her husband to fight the fire at their farm near Halifax by themselves. Now the couple are demanding an explanation and an apology, as Chris Kiddey reports.

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Firework code: how to enjoy the night safely

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is encouraging people to look at the firework code Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAP/Press Association Images

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is encouraging people to look at the firework code to make sure they stay safe. They say:

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time

  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary

  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back

  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks

  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit

  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them

  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire

  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

Woman rescued from "deliberate" house fire in Rotherham

A woman from Dinnington has been rescued by police officers this morning after a fire - thought to have been started deliberately.

At 5.05am, police were called to a house in Manor Road where they found a wheelie bin on fire, pushed up against a door of the property.

Officers led a 35-year-old woman from the house as fire fighters put out the blaze.

She was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation and burns to her face.

A 23-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, and are currently in police custody.

Police believe this was an isolated incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.


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Fire Brigades Union call for 'workable pension scheme'

The Fire Brigades Union has accused the Government of not listening to its own evidence which shows proposed pension changes are "unworkable and unaffordable".

The Government said the strikes, due to take place from 6.30pm to 11pm today, were damaging the reputation of the fire service.

Fire brigades across the country have urged people to put off any firework displays in their gardens tonight Credit: PA Wire

The general secretary of the FBU, Matt Wrack, said: "It is ludicrous that after two years of negotiations the Government has still not sorted out this mess.

"Firefighters are keen for these issues to be resolved through discussion but the Government won't even listen to its own evidence which highlight that the schemes are unworkable and unaffordable."

Mr Wrack called on the Government to help deliver a pension scheme which takes account of the "hazardous nature of the job" and is affordable and workable for the taxpayer.

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Fire Minister: Strike damages reputation of fire service

Strike action by the Fire Brigades Union is damaging the good reputation firefighters have with the public, the Fire Minister said.

Members of the FBU are due to walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm today and again for two hours from 6am next Monday in a row with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out from 6.30pm to 11pm, and again for two hours from 6am next Monday. Credit: PA Wire

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This strike action by the FBU is completely unnecessary and does nothing but damage the good reputation firefighters have with the public.

"The public will be baffled by the FBU's course of action when they hear that the deal being offered to firefighters gives them one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector."

Mr Lewis called on firefighters to reconsider their decision to strike and work towards a resolution.

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