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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2000

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FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000

15 Primary fires and casualties by motive of fire, 1994-2000, Scotland (Table 7)

15.1 Malicious fires increased by 279 fires (3 per cent) between 1999 and 2000 and stand at 8,815 fires or 44 per cent of total primary fires in 2000 - the highest figure and highest percentage of primary fires in the last 10 years. There were 423 malicious fire non-fatal casualties in 2000 - the highest figure in the last 10 years, accounting for 19 per cent of Scotland's total non-fatal casualties. In 2000 there were 11 fatal casualties due to malicious fires and these accounted for 15 per cent of total fatal casualties.

15.3 There were 11,388 accidental fires in 2000 (down 6 per cent or 732 accidental fires from 1999) accounting for 56 per cent of total primary fires - the lowest figure and lowest percentage of total primary fires recorded in the last 10 years. There were 1,840 accidental fire non-fatal casualties in Scotland in 2000 (accounting for 81 per cent of total non-fatal casualties) - the second highest figure after last year's high of 1,877 accidental fire non-fatal casualties. There were 64 accidental fire fatal casualties in 2000 - the lowest figure in the last 10 years, accounting for 85 per cent of total fatal casualties.

15.4 The pattern for accidental fires causing significantly more fatal- and non-fatal casualties than malicious fires has held throughout the decade.