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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2000

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FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000

4 Fires by location, Scotland, 1990-2000 (Table 1) (Chart 2)

4.1 There were 55,800 total fires (primary, secondary and chimney) in Scotland in 2000, an increase of 6 per cent on the 52,600 fires recorded in 1999. The number of primary fires fell by 2 per cent from 20,700 fires in 1999 to 20,200 fires in 2000. Within this category, buildings fires and outdoors fires both fell by 2 and 3 per cent respectively. Dwellings fires fell by 1 per cent from 9,400 fires in 1999 to 9,300 fires in 2000. Other buildings fires fell by 3 per cent from 4,100 fires in 1999 to 3,900 fires in 2000; the second lowest level in the last ten years, after 1998. Road vehicles fires fell by 1 per cent from 6,100 fires in 1999 to 6,000 fires in 2000. Other primary outdoors fires fell by 14 per cent from 1,100 fires in 1999 to 900 fires in 2000. Secondary fires increased by 14 per cent from 28,500 fires in 1999 to 32,400 fires in 2000. Chimney fires fell by 10 per cent from 3,500 recorded fires in 1999 to 3,100 recorded fires in 2000.

4.2 Between 1990-2000 the total number of Scottish fires increased by 12 per cent, due entirely to a 41 per cent increase in secondary fires. The number of chimney fires decreased by 58 per cent.

4.3 In comparison to 1990 dwellings fires are down 5 per cent in 2000 and other buildings fires are down 10 per cent. Together they are responsible for a 7 per cent fall in total buildings fires since 1990.

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