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Mum trapped inside vehicle as it erupted into raging FIREBALL after putting fuel in wrong side of car.

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A brave builder dragged a lucky mum of two from her burning car parked at a petrol station, moments before the pump ignited.

Julie Nicklin, 54, had mistakenly poured fuel into her ‘Smart’ car’s interior through a detachable cap on the other side of the car – not the one containing its fuel tank.

As the mum-of-two turned the key, the fuel ignited.

The 2005 Fortwo Pulse instantly exploded and trapped Julie inside, while other motorists on the forecourt ran for cover.

Julie was rescued by a brave builder

But she had a lucky escape as she was pulled out of the car by a fellow motorist who raced across the forecourt to get to her.

Builder Brian Turner, 54, was behind Julie on the Asda petrol station forecourt in Lancaster, on Friday at 8.15am when he heard a very loud “bang”.

Hero Brian ran straight over to the car and opened the door to get to the terrified woman – at which point flames jumped out of the car and singed all his arm hair.

With flames “everywhere” around him, Brian reached into the car and “dragged” Julie out – who was parked right up against the fuel pump.

He said: “All you could see inside the car was flames – it felt like it lasted forever but it was literally seconds.

“As soon as I opened the door it went bang again and burned my arms, hands and neck.

“She is only a small lady and had the seat right up against the steering wheel so I had to drag her out.

The car erupted into a fireball after Julie turned he ignition

“I finally got her out and was running and dragging her along with me – then we heard another explosion when were about ten feet away.

“The petrol pump nozzle had ignited.”

Brian managed to get teaching assistant Julie to safety about 60 feet away went to check on a work colleague back on the forecourt.

The pair were then taken to the superstore by staff to be checked over – but miraculously Julie was unharmed.

All her clothes and even her glasses were scorched, however, Brian believes what saved her was the fact that the large puffer-style jacket she was wearing did not get set alight.

He said: “If that jacket had gone up I wouldn’t have been able to get to her.

“It’s funny because people keep saying I’m a hero but I just did it – I didn’t think about it.

“I’m just glad I was able to help her.”

Julie, of Lancaster, who admitted Brian had saved her life, said: “Brian needs to be recognised for what he did.

“Everyone else had run away and I couldn’t get out of the car – he saved my life.

“I couldn’t get out because I had parked so close to the pump.

“The car is completely destroyed and and all my clothes were burned – apart from my jacket which was an expensive one.

“It’s a miracle and I will always be indebted to that man.

“It was the most awful thing that has ever happened – but I’m just so embarrassed.

“There is another cap on the other side of the car which looks just like a petrol cap – something didn’t feel right as was using it.”

Fire crews manage to isolate the fuel supply at the petrol pump while police and ambulance teams were also in attendance as a precaution.

The road into the supermarket was closed and paramedics treated motorists for smoke inhalation.

Brian, a grandfather of six, and a builder for a windows firm, went back to work the same day.

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India doctors embark on strike aimed better security

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Thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Friday to demand better security at hospitals days after junior doctors in the city of Kolkata were attacked, leaving services in many government-run health facilities paralyzed.

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The state of West Bengal, of which Kolkata is capital, has been the worst hit by the strike with at least 13 big government hospitals affected.

The protests were sparked by an attack at the NRS Medical College in Kolkata on June 10 that left three junior doctors seriously injured after a dispute with a family whose relative had died.

Doctors demanding better security began a strike but their action was confined to the state until West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned them on Thursday, saying police did not strike when one of their colleagues was killed.

Banerjee’s remarks, which included a warning that junior doctors would be evicted from their college hostels if they did not go back to work, triggered a nationwide reaction.

The Indian Medical Association said the “barbaric” attack at the NRS reflected a national problem, and called for a countrywide protest. It also demanded legislation to safeguard doctors.

Nearly 30,000 doctors were on a one-day strike on Friday, most in West Bengal, New Delhi and the western state of Maharashtra, according to figures proved by medical associations.

The federal health minister, Harsh Vardhan, tried to calm the furor, promising better security at hospitals and calling on Banerjee to withdraw her ultimatum.

“I urge doctors to end their strike in the larger interest of society. I will take all possible measures to ensure a safe environment for them at hospitals across the country,” Vardhan said on Twitter.

India spent an estimated 1.4% of its gross domestic product on healthcare in 2017/18, among the lowest proportions in the world. Many millions of Indians depend on the cheap but inadequate public health system.

Saradamani Ray, whose 77-year old father is a patient at the NRS Medical College, said she would have to move him because of the strike.

“I will have to take my father somewhere else for his dialysis, maybe a private hospital,” she told Reuters.

“It will cause a lot of financial strain, but there’s nothing I can do. I will have to pay.”


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Ebola still a nightmare in Congo

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The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”.

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Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

Two people have also died in neighbouring Uganda, the first cases of Ebola reported in the country.

A five-year-old boy infected with the virus died on Tuesday and his 50-year-old grandmother died on Wednesday, the Ugandan health ministry said.

The Ugandan government has reported at least six other suspected cases of the virus.

In a statement, Dr Farrar said the spread was “tragic but unfortunately not surprising”. He warned that more cases were expected, and a “full” national and international response would be needed to protect lives.

“The DRC should not have to face this alone,” he said.

Since the first case of Ebola in DR Congo last August, nearly 1,400 people have died – around 70% of all those infected.

The outbreak is the second-largest in the history of the disease, with a significant spike in new cases in recent weeks.

Only once before has an outbreak continued to grow more than eight months after it began – that was the epidemic in West Africa between 2013-16, which killed 11,310 people.

Efforts to contain the spread have been hindered by militia group violence and by suspicion towards foreign medical assistance.

Nearly 200 health facilities have been attacked in DR Congo this year, forcing health workers to suspend or delay vaccinations and treatments. In February, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) put its activities on hold in Butembo and Katwa – two eastern cities in the outbreak’s epicentre.

In Uganda, a five-year-old boy died of the virus on Tuesday, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


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