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Published on 3 June 2021

Ref: FOI/21075 


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. 


a) gas explosions your fire crews have attended


Year  Incidents 
2016  11 
2017  8 
2018  5 
2019  9 
2020  7 
Total  40 



b) fires where a gas appliance was recorded as the cause of the fire?


The following tables provides an overview of fires over the last five calendar years where the source power was either ‘Gas- mains’ or ‘Gas- cylinder’.  I have also included a breakdown of the source of ignition group (i.e. the appliances that were involved) 

Year  Incidents 
2016  356 
2017  347 
2018  356 
2019  320 
2020  278 
Total  1657 


Source Power  Incidents 
Gas – mains  1449 
Gas – cylinder  208 
Total  1657 


Source of Ignition Group  Incidents 
Cooker – attached ring / hot plate  650 
Cooker – grill  289 
Cooker – oven  260 
Heater / Fire  80 
Ring / hot plate (separate appliance)  60 
Deep fat fryer  41 
Other  37 
Other industrial equipment  34 
Welding / Cutting equipment  34 
Camping stove  29 
Central heating / hot water  25 
Other cooking appliance  22 
Kiln, oven, furnace  21 
Blow lamp / Paint remover  19 
Other heating equipment  18 
Other appliance or equipment  13 
Barbecue  7 
Manufacturing equipment  5 
Gardening equipment  4 
Dryer  3 
Not known  3 
Other domestic style appliance  1 
Other grill  1 
Power source  1 
Total  1657 


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