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Fire-hit garage back in business

The blaze ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November Credit: ITV Meridian

A commercial garage in Hampshire which was destroyed by fire just before Christmas is back in business, after fears that fifty staff faced losing their jobs.

An electrical fault in a damaged Jaguar sparked the fire which ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November.

Refusing to give up, the owners have been working out of temporary offices.

They now plan to rebuild the entire business, including the village shop.

ITV Meridian spoke to owner of the garage, Pete Whieldon.

Electric heater causes fire in Banbury

A warning's been issued after fire crews were called to deal with a blaze caused by an electric heater in Banbury.

When they arrived at the property crews found the remains of an electric heater melted into the burned bedroom carpet.

"Fortunately the quick thinking resident unplugged the electric fire from the socket when they realised what was happening, and smothered the fire with a blanket. These actions undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the bedroom.

"The family were very lucky as there were no working smoke alarms in the property and the occupants were all downstairs when the fire started. It was just luck that one of them went upstairs and found the fire.

"If the fire had continued undiscovered for another 1-2 minutes the whole bedroom would have been alight”.

– Watch Manager Mark O’Connor from Banbury Fire Station

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Councils may not return to fire-hit headquarters

THE HQ of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse Council was destroyed in a blaze last year Credit: ITV Meridian

Two councils forced to move from their offices devastated by fire - have said they won't return to their former home.

It's been a year since the HQ of South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse was destroyed in an arson attack.

The councils are looking for a new building on the site.

Appeal to avoid winter chimney fires

Many chimneys are blocked or defective Credit: ITV

With temperatures predicted to plummet next week and many people turning to the warmth of an open fire for the first time this winter, firefighters are urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe.

Although open fires and wood burning stoves are a comforting way to keep the winter chill at bay, they can become a serious safety hazard if simple precautions are not followed. Many chimneys are blocked or defective.

West Sussex firefighters were called to extinguish 144 chimney fires last year, with the highest number occurring during January and February.

Fire crews dealing with blaze at scrapyard in Oakley

Smoke can be seen billowing from the scrapyard in Oakley Credit: @philbaker28

Fire crews from Buckinghamshire fire and rescue are currently dealing with a blaze at a scrapyard in Oxford Road in Oakley.

A 200 metre cordon has been set up around the scrap yard because acetylene cylinders are involved.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the scrapyard in Oakley Credit: ITV Meridian

'Unofficial' phone charger may have caused Hampshire blaze

An unofficial phone charger is thought to have cause a blaze at a house in Hampshire. Fire crews believes the charger overheated and set fire to the building.

Fire Control received calls to a fire in a end of terrace domestic property. The fire involved the first floor and roof space. Ten breathing apparatus sets, three jets and positive pressure fans were used to extinguish the fire. The stop message was received at 1752. Approximately 20 Firefighters attended from Waterloovile, Cosham and Havant.

– Hants Fire & Rescue
Crews at the scene in Waterlooville Credit: Hants Fire and Rescue

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Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Dog starts fire and then has to be rescued

A dog which started a fire by turning on the electric hob in a flat in Oxfordshire has been rescued by firefighters.

Crews were called to a report of a smoke alarm at New Road in Woodstock - when they arrived they found the dog in a first floor flat.

It's thought the dog was trying to get to some treats which were on top of the cooker and turned it on.

"It was lucky a neighbour heard the smoke alarm and alerted the fire and rescue service at an early stage, this certainly prevented the incident from being much worse."

– Watch Manager Ellis Bicknell

Halloween costumes checked for fire risk

Firefighters are warning shoppers to be on their guard, after flammability tests on a number of high street Halloween costumes.

The potential dangers of SOME outfits were highlighted last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter was badly burned after her fancy dress caught fire on a candle.

The Government has ordered spot checks of costumes, and some stores already do extra testing. But any official changes won't come into force until next year. Matt Price reports.

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