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Fire Statistics Scotland, 2000

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FIRE STATISTICS SCOTLAND, 2000

23 Fires in dwellings and other buildings by spread of fire, Scotland, 1990-2000 (Table 11)

23.1 The percentage of dwellings fires in 2000 confined to the item of ignition was the highest in at least the last 10 years. 5,471 dwelling fires (59 per cent of total dwellings fires) were confined to the item of ignition in 2000 (an increase of 4 per cent on 1999). This compares with 5,266 fires confined to the item first ignited (56 per cent of total dwellings fires) in 1999. 3,109 fires (33 per cent) spread beyond the item of ignition but were confined to the room of origin in 2000. This represents a fall of 4 per cent on 1999. 521 fires, (6 per cent of total dwellings fires in 2000) spread beyond the room of origin but were still confined inside the building (a fall of 11 per cent on last year). 36 dwellings fires (less than 1 per cent of total dwellings fires, in 2000) spread beyond the dwelling (a fall of 31 per cent on 1999). Dwelling fire incidents in which there was no fire damage (i.e. late call, heat and smoke damage only incidents) represented 2 per cent (172 incidents) of total dwellings fires, in 2000.

23.2 1,907 (48 per cent of total other buildings fires) other buildings fires were confined to the item first ignited in 2000, an increase of 4 per cent on 1999. 1,500 fires (38 per cent of total other buildings fires) spread beyond the item first ignited but remained confined to the room of origin (a fall of 5 per cent on the previous year). 295 fires (7 per cent of total other buildings) fires spread from the room of origin but were confined to the building (a fall of 25 per cent on 1999), and 96 fires or 2 per cent of total other buildings fires spread beyond the building of origin (down 35 per cent on the previous year). 149 other buildings fire incidents (or 4 per cent of total other buildings fire incidents) were late call, heat and smoke damage only incidents (i.e. there was no fire damage). This is an increase of 41 per cent on 1999 where there were 106 such incidents.