131 05 23 – Electric Heater Fires 2020 – March 2023 (May 2023)

Date of Request

May 23


Hello there

Please release the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please provide statistics on the following, by completing the attached excel spreadsheet.

How many fires in your area were caused by electric heaters in each of the months listed (see attached spreadsheet)?

How many deaths were caused by fires caused by electric heaters in each of the months listed?

What was the age of the deceased in each case?

Please provide the information by inputting to the attached spreadsheet and returning via attachment to this email address within 20 working days, as specified in the Act.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

All the best,


Dear X,

Thank you for your request for incident information which has been received by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the Service) and considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The Service can confirm the requested incident information is held. Please find the attached completed data collection form, as requested.

The incident report is not intended to be a line by line account of the incident but a report collated for statistical purposes produced for the Home Office detailing our attendance and initial impressions by the officer in charge. Details of the Incident Commander’s initial impressions are selected from a limited range of options available, which may or may not cover the exact circumstances of each case. This information is included within the report but it should be noted that the information is not based on a detailed investigation and should not be relied upon as evidence.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact Information Governance and Committee Services on tel: 0345 122 4454 or by e-mail informationrequests@hwfire.org.uk In any such communication please include the reference number assigned (see above).

Should you have any queries regarding the management of your request and wish to make either a complaint or request a review of the information disclosed to you, please do so by using Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s complaints system: Comments and Complaints. This must be done within 40 working days of our response to your request. After this date and in line with ICO guidance the Service is not obliged to provide an internal review of your request.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may appeal the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 (alternatively 01625 545745) or E-mail: casework@ico.org.uk

Further information on Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service may be viewed at the Service’s website: www.hwfire.org.uk

Thank you for your request for information.

Kind regards,

Information Governance Team

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