FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000
22 Fires in dwellings and other buildings by cause and brigade area, Scotland (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), 2000 (Table 10a)
22.1 In 2000, the three most common causes of dwellings fires in all UK regions was misuse of equipment or appliances, malicious and chip or fat pan fires. 15 per cent of total malicious dwellings fires in the UK (14,242) occurred in Scotland. This compares to 75 per cent in England, 5 per cent in Northern Ireland and 4 per cent in Wales. A very similar pattern is also true for fires caused by misuse of equipment or appliances and chip or fat pan fires. Strathclyde accounted for 48 per cent of malicious dwellings fires, 55 per cent of dwellings fires caused by misuse of equipment or appliances and 53 per cent of dwellings fires caused by chip or fat pan fires. Central and Dumfries and Galloway are the only brigade areas to report zero dwellings fires caused by playing with fire.