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18088 – Fatalities between 2014 and 2017

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A request for information about how many people died in fires in calendar year, between 2014 and 2017 – 18088

Ref: FOI/18088


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 8th June 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


How many people died in fires in your fire authority each calendar year, between 2014 and 2017 – and also the number for so far this calendar year.

What was the age breakdown of those who lived on their own? For instance, how many of these people were over 60?


Age range / calendar year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 to end of May
35-44 1 1
45-54 2 3 1 1
55-64 4 2 1 2
65-79 6 5 2 2
80+ 2 1 1 3 1



How many of these people lived on their own, broken down by year as q1.


This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold information on how many of these people lived on their own.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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