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London Fire Brigade gets 96 calls during strike

Firefighters strike at Euston
Image caption Firefighters walked out for four hours in a row over pensions

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said it received 96 calls during the four hours that firefighters went on strike in a row over pensions.

Crews attended 14 incidents, which included three domestic fires, two building fires, one road traffic collision and one lorry fire.

LFB also attended seven calls which turned out to be false alarms.

Two women were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a house fire on The Ridge in Orpington.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales walked out in protest over changes to pensions and retirement age, which the union says puts the jobs of firefighters in their late 50s at risk or having lower pensions.

LFB deployed 27 contingency crews and fire engines to deal with emergencies.

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said the strike action has "cast doubt" over the FBU's claims that they are "serious about reaching a negotiated settlement" as the strikes were announced while consultations were ongoing.

Firefighters will walk out again between 18:00 and 22:00 GMT on Saturday.

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