Lowest fire deaths since 1959.(News)

The latest national fire statistics covering the 12-month period up to the end of 2005 continue to show a fall in the total number of fire related deaths--now the lowest since 1959.

Key statistics released by the DCLG show:

* The UK Fire and Rescue Service attended 867,000 fires or false alarms (695,000 in England) in the 12-month period up to the end of 2005--three per cent less than in the previous year. The total number of fires attended in the UK fell by three per cent to 428,000.

* The number of primary fires fell by seven per cent to 168,000--the lowest since 1988. Secondary fires fell by less than one per cent to 251,000. There were 57,400 fires in the home, a fall of four per cent compared with the previous year. …

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