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Freedom of Information

Published on 23 October 2020

Ref: FOI/20083


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. Please find below a summary of our findings.


Can tyres combust without an accelerant being needed.


This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning spontaneous combustion of piles tyre shred and rubber crumb can be found on the Health and safety Executive website at the following link: https://www.hse.gov.uk/rubber/spontaneous.htm


How many tyre fires there have been since 2018, and without the requirement for company details to be provided, how many of those fires are deemed to be caused by a person setting fire to them?


Please see attached. Please note the following:

  • The period used is 1st January 2018 to 31st August 2020. This end date has been selected as not all incidents for September 2020 have yet been finalised.
  • Incidents for the above period have been identified by searching the incident log for where ‘tyre’ or ‘tyres’ were mentioned and have extracted all the incidents where tyres were involved in a fire.
  • The cause is not recorded for secondary fire incidents. In order to offset this, I have therefore included the suspected motive of each incident as well as relevant details of the incident from the log which should hopefully assist the requestor.

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