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2005-12-13 15:10:42

By Kieran Doherty HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Firefighters extinguished all major blazes and began mopping up on Tuesday after a three-day inferno at a fuel depot north of London. But even as the final flames were damped down a major row erupted over the preparedness of the local fire brigade to deal with the biggest peacetime blaze in Europe. "All the tanks are out now and they are just tackling fires in some pools of fuel on the ground. There is no risk of any further explosions...

2005-12-13 14:05:52

By Kieran Doherty HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Firefighters pumping masses of water and foam onto a major fire at a fuel depot north of London hope to put out the blaze on Tuesday. Fire crews worked night and day on the inferno -- described by officials as the largest of its type in peacetime Europe -- which broke out on Sunday near the town of Hemel Hempstead. Hertfordshire Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said they had extinguished all but one of the 20 fuel storage tank blazes and...

2005-12-13 04:04:01

LONDON (Reuters) - Fire crews made further progress overnight in extinguishing a massive blaze at a fuel depot north of London, a fire service spokeswoman said on Tuesday. More than 100 firefighters have been tackling the blaze, which officials have described as the largest of its type in peacetime Europe. It broke out on Sunday morning at the Buncefield depot near the town of Hemel Hempstead. After spraying tens of thousands of litres of foam and water per minute onto the blaze,...

2005-12-12 16:20:56

By Dylan Martinez HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Fire crews resumed attempts on Monday to put out one of Europe's biggest industrial blazes, an inferno at a fuel depot north of London. The firefighters sprayed foam combined with 32,000 litres of water per minute to tackle the giant fire, which broke out shortly before dawn on Sunday as a wave of explosions ripped through the depot at Hemel Hempstead, injuring 43 people. Police said the blasts, which blew out windows and doors from...

2005-12-12 12:23:41

By Dylan Martinez HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Fire crews started on Monday to extinguish one of Europe's biggest industrial blazes, an inferno at a fuel depot north of London. The firefighters sprayed foam combined with 32,000 liters of water per minute to tackle the giant fire, which broke out shortly before dawn on Sunday as a wave of explosions ripped through the depot at Hemel Hempstead, injuring 43 people. Police said the blasts, which blew out windows and doors from nearby...

2005-12-12 07:18:51

By Dylan Martinez HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Fire crews moved in to battle one of Europe's biggest industrial blazes on Monday -- an inferno at a fuel depot north of London -- after being held back for 24 hours by heat and environmental worries. The fire broke out shortly before dawn on Sunday after a wave of explosions ripped through the depot at Hemel Hempstead, injuring 43 people. Police said the blasts, which blew out windows and doors from nearby houses, appeared to be an...

2005-12-12 05:16:10

By Paul Hackett HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Fire crews were given the go-ahead on Monday to start fighting one of Europe's biggest peace-time blazes -- an inferno at a fuel depot north of London. The fire broke out shortly before dawn on Sunday after a wave of explosions ripped through the depot at Hemel Hempstead. Firefighters, who had been unable to approach the site because of the intense heat on Sunday, spent the night discussing with environmental authorities how to tackle the...

2005-12-11 20:46:00

By Stephen Hird and Peter Griffiths HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Fire crews in southern England are to begin fighting one of Europe's biggest peace time blazes on Monday after a wave of explosions ripped through a fuel depot. A spectacular plume of smoke turned the sky black for miles around after blasts caused widespread damage and started a blaze which sent fireballs shooting into the air early on Sunday. Police said it was too early to say what caused the explosions, which...

2005-12-11 11:38:52

By Stephen Hird and Michael Holden HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Explosions tore through a fuel depot north of London on Sunday, spewing out a huge tower of smoke and flame in what officials said could be the biggest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe. Police said only one person was seriously injured and believed it was almost certainly an accident. "There is nothing that indicates anything other than an accident," Hertfordshire Chief Constable Frank Whiteley told a news...

2005-12-11 08:00:02

By Stephen Hird and Mike Holden HEMEL HEMPSTEAD (Reuters) - Explosions tore through a fuel depot north of London before dawn on Sunday, creating a huge tower of smoke and flame and seriously injuring two people in what police said appeared to be an accident. "All indications at this stage are that this was an accident. However clearly we will keep an open mind," Hertfordshire Chief Constable Frank Whiteley told a news conference after Britons, still on edge from July bomb attacks in...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.