London Fire Brigade

Fire facts: 1966 - 2014

The most detailed report on fire data in our history

Our Fire facts: 1966 - 2014 report provides the most in depth review of fire data in our 150 year history.

The publicly available data is divided into four sections:

  • Long term trends
  • Where fires happen
  • Fires in the home
  • Fires in other buildings

Only one year - 1977 - is not included in 'all fire' data. This is due to a national fire service strike, resulting in data only being available until October.

Key findings

The total number of fires remained above 30,000 for each year from 1966 until 2008. For most of the 36 years between 1969 and 2005, the total number of fires remained between 40,000 and 50,000 fires a year. 

In 2014, total number of fires dropped below 20,000 for the first time since records for Greater London began.

The years with the highest number of fires have been:

  • 1976 - 63,524
  • 2003 - 58,233
  • 1989 - 56,893
  • 1995 - 55,962
  • 2001 - 55,063

The number of fire deaths in London have been falling steadily since the late 1980s.

In 1987, there were 28.5 fire deaths per million of the resident population compared to just 3.4 per million in 2014.  


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Where fires happen

In 2000, the London Borough of Newham had 3,011 fires. By 2014, this figure had been reduced by 73% to 822 - the greatest reduction of all boroughs.

Despite a 70% reduction in fire incidents - between 2000 and 2014 - the London Borough of Tower Hamlets remains the borough with the most fire incidents with 977. 

This image shows the changes in the number of all fires in London boroughs between 2000 and 2014. The red highlights areas where total fires were on the higher end of the scale.

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