Significant drop in reported fire figures

There was a drop in the number of fires in Northamptonshire last year, but a small rise in the number of houses which went up in flames
There was a drop in the number of fires in Northamptonshire last year, but a small rise in the number of houses which went up in flames

There was a drop in the number of fires in Northamptonshire last year, but a small rise in the number of houses which went up in flames.

Overall, there were 687 “primary” fires in the county in 2012-13, a drop from 805 the previous year.

But the number of fires in houses rose from 366 to 385.

The amount of secondary fires also plummeted from 1,403 to 730.

The figures were released in Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan, which looks at how resources will be spent in the next four years.

Malicious false alarms dropped from 101 to 94, and false alarms with good intent fell from 1,456 to 1,222.

There were 486 road traffic accidents attended by the fire service – up from 420 the previous year.

The total number of all kinds of fires in 2012-13 was 1,932, which has dropped from 6,730 in 2003-04.