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Deliberate fires

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  • Release date: 26 February 2015
  • Period covered: 2013-14
  • Next update: 28 February 2017
Data on vehicles, school fires, source and hazardous materials, casualties, prevention and location.

Key points


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended a total of 7,564 deliberate fires in 2013-14. This is an increase of 18 per cent compared with the previous year, but a decrease of 71 per cent compared with 2001-02. Of these fires, 18 per cent were primary fires.
  • In 2013-14, 66 per cent of deliberate fires were in South Wales, 24 per cent in Mid and West Wales, and 10 per cent were in North Wales.


  • In 2013-14, there were 664 primary fires started deliberately in vehicles, a decrease of 8 per cent compared with the previous year.

School fires

  • In 2013-14, there were 6 deliberate fires in schools, equating to 18 per cent of all fires in schools.

Source and Hazardous Materials

  • Furniture and furnishings were the materials first ignited in 19 per cent of deliberate primary fires in the combined figures for 2009-10 to 2013-14.
  • Of the dangerous substances in deliberate primary fires in total in 2009-10 to 2013-14, 70 per cent were flammable liquids.


  • In 2013-14, there were 2 fatal casualty and 72 non-fatal.


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