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19168 – Fires in buildings that has exterior cladding

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Ref: FOI/19168


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th December 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.


  1. Please state the total number of times your fire service has attended a fire in a building that has exterior cladding* since 1 January 2015.
  2. Please break down question 1 in the following time periods: a) 2015, b) 2016, c) 1 January to 13 June 2017, d) 14 June to 31 December 2017, e) 2018 and f) 2019 so far.


Year Number of incidents
2015 1
2016 0
2017 3
2018 3
2019 0


  1. Please break down the total in question 1 by type of building (i.e. residential tower block, hospital, care home, office building etc.)


Year Building type Number of Incidents
2015 Retail, single shops and specialist service premises 1
2017 Retail, single shops and specialist service premises 1
2017 Other type of building used for storage 1
2017 Dwelling 1
2018 Dwelling 1
2018 Manufacturing / Industrial premises (e.g. factories) 1
2018 Dwelling 1


  1. Of the total number in question 1, in how many incidents was the cladding found to have been a contributing factor to the spread of the fire?




  1. Please break down question 4 by type of cladding (i.e. ACM, HPL etc.)


This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. The type of cladding is not information that is captured within the workbook.

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