Housing: Fires

Home Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires in residential properties have been caused by gas faults in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.

Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fires caused by electrical faults there have been in residential properties in the last (a) year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.

Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been injured or killed by fires caused by electrical faults in residential properties in the last (a) year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.

Photo of Yvonne Fovargue Yvonne Fovargue Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the financial cost of fires in residential properties in the last (a) year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (London)

Fire is a devolved matter and Home Office is responsible only for fire in England.

Home Office publishes incident level statistics on dwelling fires in England including cause of fire and ignition power, and on fire-related fatalities in England including cause of fire. These can be found in the ‘Dwelling fires dataset’ and ‘Fire-related dataset’ here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-incident-level-datasets

From these, the data in the tables below can be extracted. Record level information is published from 2010/11 - although the national Incident Recording System began in April 2009 there are a few minor issues with the 2009/10 records which mean that, while statistics at higher levels are robust, some of the incident level records are not of a sufficient quality to publish.

The most recent estimates of the economic cost of fire were published by the Department for Communities and Local Government for 2008. This can be found here: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121105004836/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/1838338.pdf

Table 1. Number of dwelling fires caused by ‘faulty fuel supplies’ or ‘faulty appliances and leads’, where the ignition power was either electricity or gas.

Ignition power

Electric

Gas

Financial year

Number

% of all dwelling fires

Number

% of all dwelling fires

2010/11

6,778

19%

307

1%

2011/12

6,595

19%

256

1%

2012/13

6,851

21%

272

1%

2013/14

6,462

20%

245

1%

2014/15

6,487

21%

201

1%

2015/16

6,247

20%

194

1%

2016/17

6,374

21%

202

1%

2017/18

6,386

21%

182

1%

Table 2. Number of fire-related fatalities in dwelling fires caused by ‘faulty fuel supplies’ or ‘faulty appliances and leads’

Fire-related fatalities

Financial year

Number

% of all dwelling fire fatalities

2010/11

18

7%

2011/12

29

12%

2012/13

15

7%

2013/14

23

11%

2014/15

20

10%

2015/16

15

7%

2016/17

17

8%

2017/18

92

35%

Note that 71 of the 92 fire-related fatalities in dwelling fires caused by ‘faulty fuel supplies’ or ‘faulty appliances and leads’ in 2017/18 (Table 2) are from the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017.

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