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Death in Flat Fire in Cambuslang

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An elderly woman has died after an early morning fire at a flat in South Lanarkshire.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said emergency crews were called to the scene in the Cambuslang area at 01:34. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and put out the blaze but found the body of the woman during a search. A joint fire service and police investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Thatched House Fire in Thurston

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More than 70 firefighters spent the night tackling a blaze at a thatched house in Suffolk.

Crews were called to Pepper Lane in Thurston just before 21:00 GMT on Monday.

Appliances from across the county attended the fire, which saw part of the roof collapse onto the first floor of the building. The clear-up is now under way and an investigation into the cause of the fire has begun. No-one was hurt in what is the second major thatched roof fire Suffolk firefighters have dealt with within a week. Last Friday a cottage on Poy Street Green in Rattlesden was left virtually destroyed by fire.

Northampton house fire - Four taken to hospital

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Four people have been taken to hospital to be treated for burns and the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire in a house in Northampton.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the property on the Thorplands Estate at about 20:30 BST on Monday.

People nearby had to leave their homes but were later allowed back. Northamptonshire Police said an investigation into the cause of the fire would continue later.

Fire in School - Staff and Pupils Praised

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A school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties and autism was hit by a fire earlier this week, but the quick thinking of teachers and maturity of students meant there were no injuries.Treetops School in Thurrock, was evacuated at 13.20 GMT yesterday as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service quickly attended the scene.

Around 270 of the school's pupils - aged between three and 19 years old - were led to safety by staff and the school will now be closed until Monday at the earliest (March 18th). Headteacher Paul Smith said how proud he was of the pupils for how well they dealt with the situation, while also expressing his relief that the school remains intact. "The children realised it was a real situation and they behaved impeccably," he explained. "There was no panic and the staff of the school were marvellous. We regularly have fire drills and this really paid off.

Non-domestic premises, including schools, in England and Wales must have a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison. For further information on fire risk assessments for schools click here.

Cheshire nightclub destroyed in blaze

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A popular Cheshire nightclub was destroyed by blaze for a second time.

More than 50 firefighters spent last night tackling a huge blaze at a famous bar and restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire - and many remain there today.

Emergency services were called to Panacea night club at 22.30 GMT last night after reports of flames seen at the London Road venue, which is a popular hot spot for celebrities.

Nobody was injured in the conflagration, but local roads were closed until very early this morning as fire safety officers continued to inspect the site. Crews remain at the scene and are currently investigating the cause of the blaze with Cheshire Police, who are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

For further information on managing risks and fire risk assessments in nightclubs click here.

Sandhill Park Fire - Four jailed

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Arsonists who set fire to a Grade II-listed mansion in Somerset have been jailed.

Stuart Walter, 23, of Lympsham, Nathan Goldfinch and Marcus Tancock, both 20 and from Weston, and Liam Grant, 19, of Cheddar all pleaded guilty to arson.

The "particularly dangerous" fire, at Sandhill Park, cost Devon and Somerset Fire £30,000 to deal with, Taunton Crown Court heard. The judge said it was an "extreme case of mindless vandalism, planned and carefully executed". Tancock was sentenced to a total of 27 months for arson and dangerous driving. Walter and Goldfinch were sentenced to 12 and 18 months respectively for arson. Grant was sentenced to a total of 21 months for arson and two counts of fraud.

Fire risk assessments will evaluate any risk to property from arson. For more information on Fire risk assessments click here.