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17010 – Incidents caused by gas and electricity

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Ref: FOI/17010


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 23rd January 2017.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


I wish to obtain if possible statistics from the fire service regarding fires caused by electricity in the a) owner occupied sector and b) private rented sector in the West Midlands area. Could you let me know if we could have access to these statistics from 2014/15 and 2015/16.


Please see attached.

Fires in dwellings by source of ignition and tenure 2014-2016 1.0 Download

Please note: The number of fires caused by electricity was calculated from the “source of ignition” field from the incident data.

However, the number of fires caused by gas was calculated from the “item first ignited” field, as it was harder to discern this information from the source of ignition field, which includes numerous options, such as “naked flame”, “domestic appliance” or “fuel” – all of which might (or might not) be gas. Therefore, the “item first ignited” field was more reliable in this case.

If you have any queries about this letter, 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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]