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Fire crews tackle thatched cottage blaze

Nine fire engines were called to a large fire at a thatched cottage in Great Shefford in Berkshire last night.

Crews from Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire were called to the blaze in the roof of a cottage in Wantage Road at 6:17pm yesterday evening.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

Woman dies in house fire in Andover

A woman has died in a house fire in Andover.

Fire crews were mobilised to Pen Close at 06:15 this morning after reports of a fire.

Crews were on scene quickly and gained access to the property. They worked hard to tackle the fire wearing four sets of breathing apparatus. They used two jets and two hose reels to extinguish the fire which had started in the bedroom.

Sadly, one elderly female died at the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. A joint investigation with Hampshire Constabulary will commence today to determine what happened.

Smoke alarms can give you those precious few minutes of warning which could help you and your family to get out safely. For advice on fitting and maintaining smoke alarms visit www.hantsfire.gov.uk .

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Community rallies round to help family, left homeless after Christmas fire

The roof was destroyed - a defectiove light bulb has been blamed Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A fire, just half an hour before Christmas Day, left a family homeless. The blaze, at Uckfield in East Sussex, has been blamed on an overheated lightbulb.

The fire is believed to have started in the loft of the semi-detached house. The family have returned to the property to salvage Christmas presents.

The local community is rallying round to the help the family today. A local councillor said an appeal had been started.

Fire ignited by bathroom mirror in Oxfordshire

Fire crews were called to a blaze in a property in Hengest Gate, Harwell yesterday, which was caused by sunlight shining on a mirror.

Crews from Didcot, Abingdon and Wallingford attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, which caused damage to the bathroom of the property.

A fire investigation found that the fire was caused by sunlight shining on the convex side of a shaving mirror, which was close to the window in the first floor bathroom. The sunlight was magnified by the mirror and reflected onto the roller blind within the bathroom. The magnified light was so hot it ignited the blind.

The fire then spread to the wooden window frame and the timber cladding on the exterior of the property. A serious fire was only averted because the occupiers arrived home and were alerted by their smoke alarms.

Firefighters still on scene of warehouse blaze

This was the scene of the fire on Saturday Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters are still on the scene of a large fire which broke out in Sussex.

Two hundred tonnes of rubbish caught fire at the Skip It warehouse in North Quay Road in Newhaven on Friday.

The operations has been scaled down - one fire engine remains at the site.

Firefighters are working alongside staff from the operators to clear the waste, which remains smouldering and burning in parts.

This work is causing some smoke in the area, despite efforts to minimise this.

Residents in areas affected by the smoke are being advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

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Waste at industrial site continues to burn for a fourth day

The fire at the industrial site is burning for a fourth day Credit: Eddie Mitchell

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have remained at the site of a serious fire in Newhaven throughout the night.

The fire broke out at a containers yard in Newhaven on Friday morning. At the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene. Around 200 tonnes of household waste is thought to have caught alight.

Cordons remain in place this morning and the town remains affected by smoke, which is causing problems with visibility on the roads.

Residents in areas affected by the smoke are being advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. Motorists driving through the area have been told to keep their windows shut, turn off their air conditioning and keep their vents closed.

Residents in Newhaven told to avoid breathing in smoke

Residents asked to keep windows and doors closed following serious fire in Newhaven

Firefighters spend third day at industrial site blaze

The fire has been burning for three days Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters in Newhaven are spending a third day at a serious fire in Newhaven. Crews were first called to the scene at 10.30pm on Friday where 200 tonnes of rubbish were on fire at the Skip It warehouse on North Quay Road.

17 appliances from across the Service have been involved throughout the incident, taking turns in tackling the fire. At the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene.

A number of other agencies including the Coastguard, South East Coast Ambulance, Sussex Police, Environmental Health and the Environment Agency have also been involved.

Firefighters are working to prevent the spread of the fire and are likely to be at the site for the rest of the day.

The cause of the fire hasn't been established.

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