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RAF MILDENHALL, England — Firefighters from RAF Mildenhall responded to a blaze at a trailer near the air base Wednesday morning. U.S. personnel helped douse the fire with a mobile water supply, base officials said.

The fire was reported just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, less than a mile from the base’s perimeter fence, prompting Mildenhall to send 12 personnel to help local fire crews.

By the time they arrived, the fire had engulfed the trailer and threatened another and two nearby vehicles, but the blaze was quickly doused, according to the fire department. No one was hurt in the incident.

1 hurt in crash outside RAF LakenheathOne person was hurt in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday morning outside Gate 1 at RAF Lakenheath, England, a spokesman from the Suffolk County Constabulary said.

The injured motorist was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening neck injury, and traffic was tied up for about an hour, spokesman Simon Stevens said. The accident is the second multicar crash near Gate 1 on the A1065 road in the past two weeks. In the earlier accident, a 21-year-old woman was killed and three airmen were injured.

In Wednesday’s crash, one airman was involved but was not injured, a base spokeswoman said.

Jury selection starts in rape court-martialJury selection in the court-martial of an Air Force captain accused of rape began Wednesday at RAF Mildenhall, England.

Capt. Robert D. Merwin, 36, of the 420th Munitions Squadron at RAF Welford, faces charges of raping a woman last May at the base, a munitions depot west of London. He is also accused of placing the woman’s hand on his groin, sodomy and making false official statements to investigators.

Progress in the court-martial was halted early Wednesday when five of nine potential panel members were rejected by the court, forcing legal staff to seek more candidates.

The selection process was scheduled to resume late Wednesday afternoon.


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