Crime, Disorder and Danger - Fires in Scotland

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fires in Scotland

In 2012-13, the total number of fires in Scotland was at a ten year low of 26,613. Of these fires, 42 % were primary fires (11,045), 53 % were secondary fires (14,196) and 5 % were chimney fires (1,372). 

Primary fires include all fires in buildings (excluding derelict buildings), vehicles or any fire involving casualties or rescues, or fires attended by 5 or more appliances. Primary fires for 2012-13 are also the lowest in Scotland in the last decade.

The provisional figure for fire fatalities in 2012-13 was 46 – a decrease of 14 (23 %) on the revised figure of 60 for 2011-12. The provisional number of non-fatal fire casualties in 2012-13  was 1,311, this has decreased by 7 % since 2011-12 (1,415).

Fires by location


p - provisional

r - revised

1 - figures before 2009-10 for primary fires are based on sample data weighted to Fire and Rescue Service level

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