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London Fire Brigade takes dozens of Bonfire Night calls

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said it dealt with dozens of emergency Bonfire Night callouts across the capital.

Crews were sent to a total of 114 out-of-control fires between 16:00 GMT and midnight.

LFB said that during this time a total of 528 people had dialled 999 because of fires in London.

The service held a live "Twitterthon" throughout Saturday to alert people to the number of bonfire-related incidents across the capital.

The incidents mentioned on the fire service's Twitter feed included reports of smoke coming from a shop in Ruislip's High Street, an out-of-control bonfire in West Wickham and a shed on fire in Aswell Close, Enfield.

An elderly woman also had to be rescued from a flat fire in Curtis Field Road, Streatham.

Fire chiefs reminded people it was illegal to set off fireworks between midnight and 0700.

It is the first time Bonfire Night has fallen on a weekend since 2006.

The service said it had received nearly 570 calls on Friday night and tackled 59 fires.

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