1 [countable/uncountable] flames and heat from something that is burning in an uncontrolled way
The school was badly damaged by fire.
Three children died in a fire at their home last night.
be destroyed by fire: The theatre was completely destroyed by fire.
start a fire: It is thought that local youths may have started the fire.
fight/tackle/put out a fire: Twenty firefighters tackled the fire.
a fire breaks out: a fire broke out in a Paris nightclub.
a forest fire: The hot dry weather has increased the risk of forest fires.
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