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Bexley fires soar to highest numbers in four years

PUBLISHED: 12:02 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:02 27 May 2016

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Figures have been released by London Fire Brigade

The number of fires reported in Bexley has reached the highest number in four years.

Bexley, which has some of the lowest figures across the London boroughs, had 669 fires in the past year.

It sees an increase of more than 120 since the previous year.

Over the past five years, the number of fires in the borough has reduced by less than two per cent.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “The downward trend in fires and fire deaths is a testament to the incredible hard work of our firefighters in carrying out almost 87,000 home fire safety visits last year.

“However, last year’s increase in the total number of people who died as a result of fire shows that we must never become complacent.

“Far too many old and vulnerable people are dying unnecessarily in avoidable fires either because they have mobility issues and may struggle to raise the alarm or their home lacks appropriate fire detection.

“In nearly half of fire deaths there was a delay in calling 999 and so that is why sprinklers, telecare and flame retardant bedding is so important.

“We’re committed to reducing the devastating effects of fire on London’s vulnerable and that’s why we’re increasing funds and stepped up our work with carers and local authorities.”

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