London Fire Brigade

Bonfire Night breaks records for second year running

08 November 2012

Bonfire Night  2012 saw the smallest number of fires across the capital since records began, according to preliminary figures from the London Fire Brigade.

London’s fire crews dealt with 125 fires on Monday 5th November – five less than last year’s record breaking low of 130 fires, and significantly fewer than the 175 fires in 2010. New figures also reveal that the number of fires on November 5th has dropped by 63 per cent in the last five years, from 334 fires on 5th November 2007. The Brigade says that this is, in part, due to its effective communication of fire safety messages to the public in the run up to Bonfire Night and on the night itself.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said:

“The number of fires has been declining every year, and I am really pleased to say that this was our quietest November 5th ever. The drop of 63 per cent in the last 5 years is great to see. Everyone in the London Fire Brigade is committed to bringing the number of fires down, and this is a real achievement.”

Fire crews tackled 78 fires on Saturday 3rd November, 52 on Sunday 4th November, and 125 on Monday 5th November in the capital.

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Notes to editors

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For a borough by borough breakdown of the Bonfire Night fires, please contact Ashley Fryer in the Brigade’s press office on 020 8536 5922 or email ashley.fryer@london-fire.gov.uk