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Freedom of Information

Published on 17 December 2020

Ref: FOI/20118

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 10th December 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

  1. a) A breakdown per year for the last five calendar years to date of the number of fires in warehouses
  2. b) A breakdown per year for the last five calendar years to date of the number of fires in schools that were deliberately started. For each incident, please include extent of damage.
  3. c) A breakdown per year for the last five calendar years to date of the number of fires in empty shops/commercial buildings. For each incident, please include building usage (e.g. office, retail etc) and cause of fire.

Reply

Please see attached.

Please note the following:

  • Data has been obtained for the period 01/01/2016 to 30/11/2020. Data after this period has not been included as it is yet to undergo data quality checking processes.
  • The request parameters were vague, so I have included information that I believe is relevant.
  • Data has been tabulated and has been sorted by date.

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