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Deliberate fires

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  • Release date: 28 February 2017
  • Period covered: 2015-16
A biennial report which shows information on to type of fire, casualties, damage and source.

Key points


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended a total of 7,128 deliberate fires in 2015-16. This is an increase of 11 per cent compared with the previous year, but a decrease of 73 per cent compared with 2001-02. Of these fires, 19 per cent were primary fires.
  • In 2015-16, 68 per cent of deliberate fires were in South Wales, 23 per cent in Mid and West Wales, and 10 per cent were in North Wales.


  • In 2015-16, there were 756 primary fires started deliberately in vehicles, an increase of 19 per cent compared with the previous year. However this is the first increase since 2002-03, and there has been a fall of 85 per cent since 2001-02.

School fires

  • In 2015-16, there were 5 deliberate fires in schools, equating to 15 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 2015-16.
  • Of the dangerous substances in deliberate primary fires in total in 2009-10 to 2015-16, 71 per cent were flammable liquids.


  • In 2015-16, there were 2 fatalities and 62 non-fatal casualties in deliberate fires.


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