Fire service reveals top hotspots

This is the damage cause by vandals pouring petrol on our 4 wheelie bins & setting them alight.'The fire in turn caused damage to our property & endangered our lives.'''This happened at around 4am on Saturday 6th October 2012 at Inverie Street, St Monans.
This is the damage cause by vandals pouring petrol on our 4 wheelie bins & setting them alight.'The fire in turn caused damage to our property & endangered our lives.'''This happened at around 4am on Saturday 6th October 2012 at Inverie Street, St Monans.
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FIFE Fire and Rescue Service attended 1657 fires throughout the Kingdom over the last year, down from 1827 in 2010/11.

The statistics were revealed as a map showing where the most house fires in Scotland happened in 2011-12 was unveiled.

The ‘hottest postcodes’ were in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee but Fife still had its fair share, with 303 house fires.

Exact figures for each area haven’t been revealed but, in Levenmouth and the East Neuk, the KY8 postcode had 30-39 house fires throughout the last 12 months, the KY9 postcode only had 1-4 and KY10 had 5-9.

The KY2 area of Kirkcaldy had Fife’s most house fires, with 40-49.

Speaking at the launch of a Scottish Government and the Fire and Rescue Services safety campaign, Roseanna Cunningham, minister for community safety and legal affairs, urged householders not to be complacent with the approaching festive season bringing a range of extra hazards into the home.

Ms Cunningham said: “While the number of house fires in Scotland is at its lowest in a decade, this map shows no region of Scotland is untouched by the dangers of fire, and underlines the importance of keeping your family safe from the risks.

“As we approach December, we want everybody to enjoy the festivities this and every year in a way which is safe from the dangers of fire.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deputy chief officer Alex Clark also urged householders to take precautions such as getting a free home safety visit carried out by local firefighters.

For more information text FIRE to 61611 or visit www.dontgivefireahome.org.