Types of commercial properties that are more prone to fires – 17021

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Types of commercial properties that are more prone to fires

Ref: FOI/17021


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

Please find below a summary of our findings.


The goal of our study is to identify through statistical analysis, which types of commercial properties are more prone to fires, and further what risk factors may be predictive of this event. For example, the construction material of a building, the neighbourhood, or even how popular it is with customers.

We would like to include each FRS in our analysis, and so far we have obtained data from 14. Our goal is not to identify individuals associated with these commercial premises, nor to share any of the raw data we receive.

The specific fields from the IRS that we are looking for are below, and the date rage is from April 2009 to present:

– id 1.1

– time and date 2.1

– property type 3.2

– building name 4.2a

– postcode 4.2b

– business (name, type) 4.2

– cause of fire 8.1

– location of start fire 8.14

– extent of flame and heat damage 8.22

– horizontal damage area 8.25

I have attached an excel file that indicates the types of properties we are interested in – these include non-residential and other residential property types. Since these are commercial properties, requesting this information, from our understanding, does not breach the Data Protection Act 1998 and it will be in the public’s interest to provide this information.


Please see attached.17021

In order to respect the privacy of individuals and ensure that we do not contravene the Data Protection Act 1998, we have provided the information at postcode level as some of the data may be related to sole traders, partnerships or family businesses. This is permissible under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information may identify living individuals and therefore attracts an absolute exemption.”

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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