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Brigade: 'Strike had no impact on response to flat blaze'

London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.

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Fire Brigade urges takeaway meals during strikes

The London Brigade has urged people to buy takeaway food during the strike if they had been drinking at Christmas events to reduce the threat of kitchen fires.

PA. 17928713 Firefighters strike Members of the Fire Brigades Union approach the gates to Downing Street, London in October. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FBU members have now taken strike action five times in recent months in protest at changes to pensions and their retirement age, which the union argues threatens older firefighters with losing their jobs or having reduced pensions.

The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.

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