Blue Fire

¡¡¡¡Residents of about 60 flats were evacuated when a fire broke out on the eighth floor of a tower block.

¡¡¡¡The blaze started at Blue in Little Neville Street, Leeds, on Tuesday at about 20:00 BST.

¡¡¡¡Despite reports some of the building’s cladding did not meet safety standards, it did not contribute in this case, said fire chiefs.

¡¡¡¡Most of the occupants were able to return to their flats once the blaze was extinguished, firefighters said.

¡¡¡¡The fire did not spread beyond the one flat but other properties suffered some water damage, said West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

¡¡¡¡Alarm and evacuation systems introduced after the Grenfell disaster were used, the service said, and a detector in the flat where the fire started triggered the alert.

¡¡¡¡Blue, Granary Wharf, Leedsimage copyrightKieran O’Malleyimage captionThe fire was contained to the one flat but some others properties sustained water damage

¡¡¡¡Eight fire engines attended the high-rise building when the fire started on the balcony.

¡¡¡¡An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way, added the fire service.

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¡¡¡¡I am very relieved to hear that everyone is safe and thank you @WYFRS for responding so swiftly. But this reminds us all of the danger that leaseholders in blocks with unsafe cladding and missing firebreaks live with every single day. @RobertJenrick @mhclg

¡¡¡¡¡ª Hilary Benn (@hilarybennmp) June 8, 2021

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¡¡¡¡The building has a number of different external wall systems over the its 16 storeys, said the fire service.

¡¡¡¡This includes a small section of Aluminium Composite Material to the uppermost floor.

¡¡¡¡The fire service said it was notified in 2020 that some of the cladding did not meet the government’s requirements.

¡¡¡¡”We continue to urge those responsible for buildings where flammable cladding remains to take steps to remediate such issues as soon as possible”, said a fire service statement.

¡¡¡¡The building’s owners introduced interim measures to allow residents to continue to occupy the premises, the fire service said.

¡¡¡¡This included the alarm system and telling residents not to stay put but leave the building in a fire.

¡¡¡¡Seventy-two people died in the fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in June 2017, one of the UK’s worst modern disasters.

¡¡¡¡Shortly after the fire an independent panel advised the government to undertake screening of high residential buildings over 18m tall, in order to identify the type of aluminium composite material used.

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¡¡¡¡A new drone is being deployed across Hertfordshire to support the work of the county¡¯s police and fire and rescue service.

¡¡¡¡The high-spec eye in the sky will be used to find missing people, photograph crime scenes and monitor major incidents.

¡¡¡¡The Sky Mantis, based at Potters Bar, can fly in any weather for an hour, reach an altitude of 100m and be operated from 400m away. It is equipped with two HD 30X zoom cameras which also have thermal imaging capabilities.

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¡¡¡¡The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) searches an area seven times quicker than officers on foot and can also be used in conditions where it is unsafe for helicopters or crews to go.

¡¡¡¡It was put through its paces at a training exercise at the Hertfordshire police headquarters in Stanborough, Welwyn Garden City, where the fire and rescue service¡¯s senior officers are also based.

¡¡¡¡Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: ¡°This new drone is another example of how closer collaboration between police and fire and rescue services can deliver benefits and keep the people of Hertfordshire safer.

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¡¡¡¡?¡°There are clear benefits of closer integration between our blue light services and we have established a strong partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to continue to make this ambitious programme happen.¡±

¡¡¡¡Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Cllr Richard Roberts, said: ¡°This fantastic new drone, which will be operated by crews from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and used by firefighters and police officers to tackle a range of incidents, is an exciting new step in our journey of collaboration with police colleagues. We are committed to working together across many areas to improve the safety of Hertfordshire residents.¡±

¡¡¡¡Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: ¡°The capacity of this new drone is very impressive and it promises to be an invaluable asset to those colleagues working on the ground.

¡¡¡¡¡°As technology continues to improve, drones are becoming an increasingly important asset to policing, for example assisting missing person searches or aerial photography of crime scenes. My thanks to everyone involved in getting this latest drone up and airborne.¡±

¡¡¡¡Chief Fire Officer at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Darryl Keen, said: ¡°The fire service will use this drone to give incident commanders an overview of the scene they are attending. Having an aerial view of a fire scene can help us gauge the size of the emergency, help us decide whether we need more firefighters to support our response, as well as assisting in identifying what tactics to use to tackle the incident.

¡¡¡¡¡°Firefighters at Potters Bar have specialist training to operate the new drone, and as part of an agreement between the county council and the constabulary, we are happy to assist police colleagues in their important work to locate missing persons and other life-saving

¡¡¡¡activities alongside our own vital work to keep the public safe during a range of emergencies.¡±

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¡¡¡¡Firefighters in Arizona worked through the night battling the Telegraph fire, a wildfire that started east of Phoenix on Friday and has burned more than 80,800 acres (33,000 hectares).

¡¡¡¡Officials said on Wednesday the fire was 21% contained, but straddled two counties, had forced thousands of evacuations in rural towns, and closed almost every major highway out of the area.

¡¡¡¡The fire ¨C now the 10th largest in state history ¨C is believed to be human-caused, but the flames have been fueled by dry, windy conditions and temperatures reaching into the 90s and 100s.

¡¡¡¡Arizona, like much of the American west, is facing severe drought conditions and the environment is so dry that new ignitions have even been sparked by fire crews fighting the fire.

¡¡¡¡¡°Even our own fire equipment is starting fires,¡± said Dean McAlister, a fire information officer, during his Tuesday night briefing. ¡°The blades and the tracks of the [heavy equipment] sparking against the fuels have actually created some fires along the fire line.¡± He cautioned residents to avoid the area for safety reasons and to ensure additional vehicles would not accidentally add new flare-ups.

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¡¡¡¡A Tuesday night report indicated that fire managers efforts were hampered by members of the public who entered closed areas and that an unauthorized vehicle got stuck at the fire line.

¡¡¡¡¡°Public incursions not only endanger firefighters, but detract from their primary mission: to suppress the fire,¡± officials said in the report. ¡°Even with the efforts to protect all values at risk, fire managers confirmed that two residences and three outbuildings were destroyed by the fire.¡±

¡¡¡¡One of the five structures burned was a home owned by the Arizona house speaker Rusty Bowers, who toured the gutted property on Tuesday. The home was not his primary residence but a family retreat, said Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for house Republicans.

¡¡¡¡Despite the difficult conditions, McAlister said crews were beginning to feel optimistic about containing the fire. ¡°Things are looking fairly good for the situation we¡¯ve got, with the weather we¡¯ve got,¡± McAlister said.

¡¡¡¡Ralph Garcia, left, Josiah Arvizu and Patsy Arvizu load up their truck on Monday while evacuating from the Telegraph fire in Miami, Arizona.

¡¡¡¡Ralph Garcia, left, Josiah Arvizu and Patsy Arvizu load up their truck on Monday while evacuating from the Telegraph fire in Miami, Arizona. Photograph: Mark Henle/Associated Press

¡¡¡¡Meanwhile, thousands will remain under evacuation orders.

¡¡¡¡At least 2,500 homes in Gila county have been evacuated, said Carl Melford, the county emergency manager. He estimated that there are twice as many households who are in ¡°set¡± mode with bags packed just in case.

¡¡¡¡¡°Over the past three years, we¡¯ve had some pretty extreme fire seasons,¡± said Melford, who has bags at his front door. ¡°We¡¯ve become very familiar with the process, with what it takes to evacuate a community. But this is the largest evacuation to date.¡±

¡¡¡¡Becky Stephenson, 37, whose Globe home sits on a hill near US Highway 60, is feet away from a zone under ¡°set¡± status. Still, she decided to have essentials, including her pet parrot, Buddy, and his travel cage, ready to go.

¡¡¡¡Watching flames climb trees on Monday night from her home as the fire made its way into the Pinal mountains and create an eerie orange glow was surreal, Stephenson said.

¡¡¡¡¡°Honestly, it just makes me feel like I can¡¯t wait till they get it under control and I can go out and start helping them revegetate,¡± said Stephenson, who is a plant biologist. ¡°It¡¯s just really sad to think about all of the torched plants and all of animals that lost their habitat during breeding season.¡±

¡¡¡¡Meanwhile, Superior residents remain in ¡°set¡± mode. But about 400 people in nearby Top-of-the-World have been evacuated, said Lauren Reimer, a Pinal county sheriff¡¯s office spokeswoman.

¡¡¡¡Officials with the American Red Cross say 90 residents in total stayed at shelters in Globe and Mesa on Monday.

¡¡¡¡Several miles east of the wildfire, the smaller Mescal fire reached 33% containment on Wednesday. That fire has burned more than 70,000 acres (28,500 hectares), mostly desert brush, oak and grass. It was first reported 2 June south-east of Globe. The cause is still under investigation.

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