Accidental house fires in Dundee at lowest level in three years

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The findings were revealed in a report submitted to Dundee City Council on Monday, September 11

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ACCIDENTAL house fires across Dundee are at their lowest level in three years.


New Scottish Fire and Rescue Service figures show there were 52 such incidents in 2017/18 while in the previous two years there were 59 and 63 respectively.


But despite the drop, cooking remained the most common source of ignition as it was linked to 38 fires (73 per cent).


Local Senior Officer Colin Grieve welcomed the fall but said the SFRS was not complacent and remained committed to reducing the number of incidents even further.


He said: “It is pleasing to see the reduction of accidental dwelling fires but we still see these mostly commonly occur by cooking.


“Prevention work is a key tactic at saving life and protecting properties so we will continue to engage with communities, particularly the vulnerable and elderly, to ensure risk is reduced and people can live safely.


“One of the ways we do this is through our free home fire safety visits (HFSVs) where crews identify domestic hazards and install smoke detectors – all for free.”


Anyone who wants to know more about HFSVs should call 0800 0731 999 or text "FIRE" to 80800 from your mobile phone.


The findings for April to June 2017 were revealed in a report submitted to Dundee City Council on Monday, September 11.


It also noted a rise in deliberate fires across the city.


There were 246 such incidents in 2017/18 but in 2014/15 there were 145.


Most of these fires (89 per cent) involved rubbish or grassland and can be linked to acts of anti-social behaviour.


But LSO Grieve is committed to engaging with safety partners and young people to address the issue.


He added: “Deliberate fire-setting is a selfish, unacceptable and reckless act that will never be tolerated.


“It needlessly puts lives at risk and can affect properties, the local economy and the environment.


“Deliberate fire-setting is a priority area for the SFRS in Dundee and we are not complacent about these findings.


“There is typically a close link between these incidents and anti-social behaviour and we will continue to work with our safety partners to engage with young people so they understand the potentially disastrous consequences of their actions.”