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Fire at Altnagelvin Hospital in County Londonderry

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Several wards at Altnagelvin Hospital in County Londonderry have been evacuated due to a fire at the top of the 11-storey building. Almost 50 firefighters and 11 fire appliances are at the scene. The police are also in attendance. The Western Health Trust has reassured the public that "there are no injuries and the incident is under control". It has advised visitors not to come to Altnagelvin until further notice.

The entrances to the hospital have been closed to all non-emergency personnel.

The Mayor of Derry, Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has paid tribute to "all the emergency services who worked together to ensure the safety of staff and patients at the hospital".

Cooking Oil Depot Fire in Essex

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Crews have been tackling a large fire involving 30,000 litres of cooking oil at a storage depot in Essex.

The fire in Little Warley near Brentwood was reported at 05:15 GMT on Tuesday after neighbours heard a "massive bang". Utility and Environment Agency officials were called in and neighbouring properties evacuated. The fire involved cooking oil, tonnes of paper and 3,000 litres of diesel. It was brought under control by midday. Officers found the cooking oil on fire in a number of different containers at the one acre site, a spokesman said.

Crews, who were brought in from across London and Essex, used foam and water jets to bring the fire under control.

Woman charged with murder after Birmingham fire

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A 38-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder after a fatal house fire. Nusarat Bugum, 36, died in a suspected arson attack in Speedwell Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 5 November. A man, 34, and two women, aged 55 and 23, are in a stable condition in hospital, police said.

Nussrat Khatoon, of Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Sunday and is due at the city's crown court on Tuesday. She faces one charge of murder and three counts of attempted murder. A 30-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man arrested in relation to the fire remain on police bail. Miss Bugum was rescued from the fire but died in hospital, police said.

The West Midlands force said the three other people hurt in the blaze sustained serious injuries.

Surrey Mayford Village Fire

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A fire which damaged a village hall in Surrey is being treated as suspicious, police have said. Surrey Fire and Rescue was called to Mayford Village Hall in Saunders Lane, Woking, at about 04:30 GMT on Sunday.

Surrey Police said most of the roof of the wooden building, which is used by community groups, was destroyed. Det Con Nick Swindals said: "This was a large fire which appears to have been deliberately started and has caused considerable damage".

Swindon Flat Fire - Woman Dies

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A 32-year-old woman has died and a man has been severely injured in a fire at a flat in Swindon. Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to Hayward Close, Abbey Meads, at 01:39 GMT where a third-floor flat was on fire.

The man, 25, was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol with severe burns. He is said to be in a critical condition. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Wiltshire Police said officers helped to evacuate other residents from their homes. The building has been sealed off. Formal identification of the woman has yet to take place but police said they had informed her family. Witnesses said they heard shouting approximately 20 minutes before rescue services arrived. "It sounded like a woman. It's not the sort of thing that you would normally hear around here at that time of the night," said one man.The cause of the fire at Thorley Court in Abbey Meads, Swindon, is being investigated

Hertfordshire Fires near Potters Crouch

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Firefighters in Hertfordshire are tackling two major fires near St Albans. A large pile of wood has been on fire at a recycling centre at Appspond Land, Potters Crouch, since about midnight on Saturday. A quantity of plastic crates is burning in the yard of a nursery at Station Road, Smallford. Smoke from the fires can be seen from a long distance away and by drivers on the nearby M1, A1(M) and A414 roads.

A Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said a 20ft (6m) high pile of wood was on fire at Potters Crouch. She said the smoke was not hazardous but the fire was expected to burn for several more days.