Eight fire engines battled to control monster residential fire in Newham

Eight fire engines with around 60 firefighters responded to the incident on Windsor Road.

In a statement the London Ambulance Service said: “Firefighters tackled a fire at a two-storey mid terraced house, which was completely destroyed by the fire.

“Four people, two adults and two children, left the property before the Brigade arrived.

“Luckily the family were awoken by smoke alarms fitted in the property, which alerted them to the fire and they were able to get out.

“The family were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by London Ambulance Service.

“The Brigade was called at 0104 and the fire was under control at 0241.

“Fire crews from Stratford, Leytonstone, Plaistow, East Ham, Ilford, Leyton and Poplar fire stations attended the scene.”

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North Korea vows to become 'space power' as Kim Jong-un orders test of new rocket engines

The regime conducted two tests of new rocket engines at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in December 2019. High-resolution satellite images have detected that North Korea are extending their satellite launch facilities. New construction activity has been detected at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in March 2020.

Satellite images showed a large shipping container at the Sohae site’s engine test stand.

Observers announced that this could indicate a plan to resume testing rocket engines.

This has alarmed the US and South Korea over the use of these new rocket engines to power nuclear warhead armed intercontinental ballistic missiles.

After conducting its first nuclear test in 2006 North Korea came under UN sanctions.

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International observers are now keeping a watchful eye on activity around the country’s launch sites as a surprise launch is a high possibility.

At the weekend state-run television aired a programme that celebrated the communist state’s space program and satellite engineers.

State broadcaster Korean Central Television, KCTV, aired a program on 5 September that portrayed supreme leader Kim Jong-un as having “love” for the country’s space scientists.

State media declared the country will “continue launching satellites for a peaceful purpose and emerge a space power to be envied by the world”.

The television program was called “Love’s Golden Cushion” and it explained the nation’s two recent satellite launches.

The scientists involved in North Korea’s spacefaring initiatives were shown to live in lavish surroundings in the recent television documentary.

The countries space program began in the 1990s with the development of the Kwangmyongsong 1 satellite.

Although Pyongyang celebrated the launch as their first successful satellite launch, internationally it was not detected to have attained orbit.

The last satellite launch by North Korea was in February 2016 when the Kwangmyongsong 4 satellite reached orbit.



East Sussex seaside ‘explosion’: Dozens of fire engines rush as thick smoke fills sky

Terrifying footage of a warehouse in East Sussex burning has emerged. In videos taken, huge plumes of black smoke can be seen rising out of a building in Newhaven. The area has now been closed off by East Sussex officials.

The Fire and Rescue Service has sent 12 crews to the scene.

East Sussex Fire Control tweeted: “Latest update from the scene in Newhaven… crews working hard… we are likely to be there for some time.

“We know it’s hot but please keep windows and doors closed if you’re in the area.”

It is not yet known how the fire began.

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Classic car engines ‘may struggle to ignite’ when new E10 fuel changes come into effect

Classic cars are incompatible with the new fuel which is set to be introduced at forecourts from 2021. The changes could mean accidentally filling up a tank with the new petrol could have consequences for owners unaware of the risks.  

The issue stems from the higher amount of ethanol inside the new fuel which could act as a corrosive to some of the car’s metal and plastics. 

The rate of damage all depends on whether engines have been adjusted to deal with modern fuel which means some restored older vehicles could be safe. 

Holts Auto also says motorists who have not managed to get key parts refitted may be able to use lubricants to reduce the risk of damage.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson said: “While some car owners are concerned about the effects of E10, the problem of corrosive fuel isn’t a new one.

“For vintage car owners, unleaded fuel itself has been an issue since it was first introduced, because it’s not compatible with engines which were originally designed to run on leaded petrol.

“Because of this, some classic car owners may already be accustomed to modifying their engines for fuel reasons, or else using additives to maintain fragile components. 

“For example, many drivers have had to replace valve seats and fuel lines with more durablealternatives as a means of running their car safely on standard unleaded. 

“Others use lead additives each time they fill up to make sure that components stay well maintained and lubricated.

“For this reason, the introduction of E10 may not be as a big a problem as some drivers fear.”

Current E5 fuel will remain on forecourts for the immediate future as the new E10 petrol is slowly accepted by road users. 

However the government has already warned the sale of E5 can only be protected until 2026 when a review would be needed to assess its overall demand. 

At this stage, E5 could then be removed from forecourts which may push motorists into car updates or buying a new vehicle. 

Holts Auto has warned the long term effects of using E10 fuel will be hard to understand for the time being as many owners simply avoid using ethanol fuel for risk of damage. 

This could mean the extent of car damage and the effect it could have on many older vehicles may still be relatively unknown. 

A Holts Auto spokesperson said: “It’s not yet clear to what extent E10 fuel will impact the performance and integrity of classic cars. 

“Currently, classic car owners will make an effort to avoid biofuels because of the corrosive properties of ethanol, so it’s hard to know what the long-term effects of using E10 in an older car will be.”