Negligent or Reckless Fire Setting 75% inappropriate attitudes and behaviour 40 % caused by careless or risky use of materials which caught fire
Alcohol and Cigarettes 44% due to combination of both excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking whilst drowsy.
Wakefulness 51% asleep 17% unconscious for some reason 75% single person household 40% men 28% women
Reaction From Victim 71% asleep/unconscious/ suicidal/immobile 64% fatal fires, victims impaired by alcohol prescribed drugs or mobility
What Burned First? Furniture 29% Bedding22% Clothing 19%
Detectors 30% had no detectors Lack of risk awareness Tennant status Alarms were a nuisance 23% had detector 14% fatal fires, not working
What We Don’t Know Ethnicity Deprivation Overcrowding
Known to Services 31% had been in contact with a service 12% had been in contact with fire brigade before 3% had had a fire before
Building Design In the same room If died and fire not in same room then Internal doors left open Smoke up the stairs Lack of alarms
Overall Majority of Cases Single person impaired by substance, age or depression. Carelessly ignites textiles often by cigarette or similar flame. Fails to react immediately because of impairment and lack of smoke alarm. Fires discovered by neighbour passer by because person lives alone.