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Decline in Arson

There has been a decline in arson, steadily reducing since 2001-2002. This is great news for business owners, however no employer can afford to rest on their laurels.  Although numbers have decreased, there were still 21 900 deliberate fires in 2013-2014.  Arson is still a risk, whether it is targeting domestic or commercial premises.  Of […]

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Social housing blocks unsafe in fire

Social housing blocks ‘unsafe in fire’ extracted from andyrayblog / Three-quarters of all social housing blocks are potentially unsafe in a fire, according to a survey questioning managers responsible for ensuring buildings are properly maintained. A similar proportion of housing managers are not confident that their blocks have had a proper fire risk assessment, according to […]

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Pallet Yard Blaze

Rainham Pallet Yard Blaze The smoke from the fire yesterday evening at a pallet yard in East Hall Lane.  More than 80 firefighters tackled a huge blaze at a pallet yard yesterday evening. The London Fire Brigade was called at 7.57pm to East Hall Lane, Rainham, where a large stack of pallets and an outer […]

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Arson is the largest cause of fire

Arson is the largest cause of fire in commercial premises. Don't Lose Your Livelihood to Arson.  In the first half of 2009, the ABI reported that insurers paid out £639 million for damage caused by fire, and arson counts for half of all fire in commercial premises. It is estimated that 20 schools per week are affected […]

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Arson Destroys 200 Year Old Building

Arson Destroys 200-Year-Old Building. The roof of the 200-year-old church was completely destroyed in the fire(Hampshire Fire and Rescue service) A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a 200-year-old Grade II listed church caught on fire in Hampshire. A 17-year-old boy was arrested following the fire at the All Saints Church in […]

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Magdalen College Fire

Arson has not been ruled out at the Magdalen College Fire. FIREFIGHTERS will remain at Magdalen College School overnight and into Thursday to deal with any flare-ups that might happen after last night's fire, the fire service said. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service group manager Dave Bray said one engine and a hydraulic platform would stay […]

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The knock on effects of arson

Recently there was a fire at the Thorntons factory in Belper. What made this fire more serious was the possible distribution of asbestos.  The BBC News reported that "Two types of material were distributed across the area, and one is being treated as asbestos until it can be determined exactly what it is." Thorntons Factory […]

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Canterbury Hospital Arsonist Jailed for 8 years

Canterbury Hospital Arsonist Jailed for 8 years AN arsonist who started a fire in a cupboard at Kent and Canterbury Hospital causing £70,000 worth of damage has been jailed for eight years. Thomas Ashcroft Thomas Ashcroft, 35, was arrested following a series of arson attacks on hospitals, hotels and public places during July and August […]

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Fire Safety Guides

Fire Risk Guides Fire Safety Law & Free Guidance Documents from the Local Government Website The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The RRO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks […]

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The cost of arson.

Arson costs the UK economy millions every year.  The report below came from Teesside, showing the effect on the local economy: Arson on Teesside 'costs local economy £16m a year' Arson on Teesside costs the local economy up to £16.7m a year, latest figures have shown. Cleveland Fire Brigade has begun a crackdown on arson, […]

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