Report shows drop in number of casualties and accidental house fires in Aberdeen

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Fire casualties and accidental house blazes in Aberdeen have dropped in the last six months, according to new figures.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has published “extremely positive” performance figures for Aberdeen from April to September.

These reveal the number of accidental house fires has fallen by 24 from around 142 incidents to 118, compared to the same quarter in 2016.

The report further reveals that one person died as a result of a fire in Aberdeen during the six-month period, compared to a five-year annual average of two per year.

A total of 19 people were injured as a result of fires in the city during that period, a drop from 21 during the previous year. There was also a drop in accidental house fire casualties from 15 to nine.

The report said: “Analysis of casualty data indicated that a high proportion of casualties received minor injuries which were treated at the scene and did not require the person to go to hospital.

“While the number of fire fatalities remains low, the service will continue to support activity aimed at achieving zero fire deaths in Aberdeen.”

However, the figures show the number of fires started deliberately in Aberdeen rose slightly during the last six months, from around 177 to 185 fires.

The report said: “A high proportion of deliberate fires involve wheelie bins, grass and refuse.

“These types of fires have accounted for 55 of the deliberately ignited fires during the six-month period.

“Overall these specific types of incidents have reduced by an average of 47% over the last five years.”

The number of deliberate vehicle fires also dropped during the past six months to 20 incidents, compared to 30 during the same period in the previous year. Members of Aberdeen City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee will consider the report on Wednesday.