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Saturday, September 22, 2012
The number of fires in Islington has dropped by more than half in the past decade, according to new figures from London Fire Brigade.
In 2011, there were a total of 747 blazes – around two per day – compared to 1,753 in 2001.
The overall number of call-outs firefighters in the borough have attended – which also includes accidents and false alarms – has fallen by 46 per cent to 3,688 in the same period.
Deliberate fires have also fallen dramatically – by 88 per cent – with just 139 arson incidents reported last year.
Despite the downward trend – which reflects the picture across the capital – fire chiefs are urging people to report abandoned vehicles or rubbish to their councils and not to store a large amount of combustible materials against their property.
Rhys Powell, the brigade’s borough commander for Islington, said: “These figures show that people in Islington are less likely to have a fire than ever before and local residents are far safer as a result. The London Fire Brigade has worked incredibly hard to make the borough safer.