Striking fire crews in Weston-super-Mare attend 999 blaze

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Fire service bosses have praised striking firefighters in part of North Somerset for leaving their picket line early to respond to an emergency call.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service received the 999 call about 15 minutes before the strike was due to end on Friday.

Assistant chief fire officer Mike Dixon said a caller had reported the possibility of people trapped in a burning building in Weston-super-Mare.

He said when firefighters were told of the incident they returned to work.

"The firefighters came off the picket line to respond," Mr Dixon said.

"I think that shows the dedication of our staff in Avon have and passion they have for their jobs."

The strike between 18:30 and 23:00 GMT on Friday was part of a dispute across England and Wales with the government over pension ages.

A further strike is planned for Monday morning.

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