HC Deb 19 November 1982 vol 32 c317W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fires involving dangerous chemicals there were in 1981 and the first half of 1982; and if he will list the chemical involved.

Mr. Mayhew

The information available for 1981 is given in the following table. It relates to the 140,000 fires attended by local authority fire brigades in the United Kingdom on which detailed reports were submitted; most outdoor fires, fires in derelict buildings and fires not attended by local authority fire brigades are not reported in detail. Information is not yet available for any part of 1982.

Fires involving dangerous substances; by substance*
United Kingdom 1981 Number of fires
Liquefied Petroleum gas 340
Acetylene 108
Mains gas 34
Other and unspecified gas 34
Petroleum 247
Diesel fuel, Paraffin 63
Oil and Paint 60
Other liquid chemicals 65
Mineral-based solids 105
Other and unspecified substances 45
Total 1,131

* Fires in which the dangerous substance affected the development of the fire or restricted the firefighting methods which could be used.

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