How many Tower block fires starting in landings or spreading to landings

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

In Birmingham there have been something like 100 tower blocks in use for around 40 years, that is about 4000 tower-block-years. In all those 4000 tower-block-years please tell me:

1. How many fires have been started by arsonists (or otherwise) in landings of tower blocks in all that time?
2. What were the details of those incidents?
3. How many people were killed or injured in those incidents?
4. How many flats were significantly damaged or voided thereby?
5. How many fires spreaded to landings of tower blocks?
6. What were the details of those incidents?
7. How many people were killed or injured in those incidents?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Clarke

Donna McMullan, Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Clarke,

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Teresa E Evans, Birmingham City Council

 

 

Dear Mr Clarke,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please find herewith the following:

In Birmingham there have been something like 100 tower blocks in use for
around 40 years, that is about 4000 tower-block-years.  In all those 4000
tower-block-years please tell me:

 

1. How many fires have been started by arsonists (or otherwise) in
landings of tower blocks in all that time? 

 

2. What were the details of those incidents?

 

3. How many people were killed or injured in those incidents?

 

4. How many flats were significantly damaged or voided thereby?

 

5. How many fires spread to landings of tower blocks?

 

6. What were the details of those incidents?

 

7. How many people were killed or injured in those incidents?

 

Birmingham City Council does not hold this information however, I
understand that the West Midlands Fire Service may be able to provide
information related to your request. Please forward your request directly
to the Fire Safety Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road, B7 4HW.

 

In order to assist, I attach a link to the UK Fire Statistics website.
This is a government site which provides a variety of fire statistics and
although it doesn’t hold data specifically relating to individual local
authorities it does provide a national picture.

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

I also attach a document which is the accepted guidance for fire
arrangements in Tower Blocks (see acknowledgements page 9). Page 19
comments on the relative risk in flats. Although this does not answer your
request, it may help provide a wider context.

If you are not satisfied with the response you may ask for an internal
review. Please contact the corporate team at the address below:

Performance & Information (WS)
PO Box 16366
Birmingham
B2 2YY
or
[2][email address]

If subsequently you are not satisfied with the Council’s decision you may
apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at
the following address:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545745
Web Address: [3]www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Teresa Evans
Information Governance Officer

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Teresa E Evans, Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Clarke,

 

I refer to my email below and attach the Fire Safety Guidance for tower
blocks as mentioned therein.

 

Yours  sincerely

 

Teresa Evans

Information Governance Officer

 

 

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Dear Teresa E Evans,

Thank you for your helpful replies.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Clarke

Teresa E Evans, Birmingham City Council

I will be out of the office until monday the 9th September 2013. I will
respond to your email when I return, however if you require an urgent
response:-

 

Please forward your email to both [email address] contact
number 0121 303 4428 and the Corporate Team email address
'[email address]' contact number 0121 303 4876.

 

Thank you 

 

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