School Fires – 15092

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A request for information on the number of fires on school premises between 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2015.

Ref: FOI/15092


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 29th July 2015.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


The following statistics held by your Fire Service relating to school premises for the period 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015.  If those figures are unavailable I should be grateful for the statistics for the period 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014

The total number of fires on school premises including in school grounds (irrespective of whether the school was open at the time).

The associated motives for those fires – i.e. x% were ‘accidental’, y% were ‘deliberate’ and z% were ‘unknown’.


In the two financial years from Apr 2013 – Mar 2015 there were 173 fires on school premises (including school grounds).  43.4% were deemed accidental and 56.6% were deemed to be arson


Could you split the data between years 2013/14 and 2014/15?


Number of Fires on
School Premises
Accidental Arson
2013/2014 77 50.6% 49.4%
2014/2015 96 37.5% 62.5%


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