Fire caused by Xmas Lights



Request detail: 

I would like to have the number of fires caused/started by lights on a Christmas tree in each of the past five years, so from 2015 to 2019.

Please, make sure that the information is in a machine readable format i.e. excel or csv.
Please provide me with figures broken down by year - i.e. separate statistics for 2015, 2016, and by local authority, in the area covered by your Fire Brigade.
In addition, where there has been a fire caused/started by lights on a Christmas tree, I would like information on the damage caused, the cost of damage and any injuries or fatalities as a result of the fire. 


Response detail: 

A search of our Incident Recording System has revealed that Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service did not attend any incidents from 2015 to 2019 caused/started by lights on a Christmas tree.

I can confirm we searched for incidents where the source of the ignition contained the following criteria:

  • Electric lighting – other incandescent light bulbs
  • Electric lighting – Other lights
  • Any string containing the word ‘Fairy’

And where the damage included any of these words:

  • Christmas
  • Xmas
  • X-mas
  • Decoration
  • Celebration
  • Festive
  • Tree

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can complain or request an internal review of the decision. This must be done within 40 working days of receiving this response. You can do this by writing to the Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St. Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HJ or email:

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Information Released: 



Monday, 23 November, 2020


Thursday, 17 December, 2020