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Number of fires at all-time low in 1st half of year

Published on Aug 17, 2012 12:00 PM
 
This May 2012 file photo shows electricians re-wiring electricial cables on the lift landing on the 11th floor at Blk 4 Marsiling Road where a fire started from items dumped there. The total number of fires dropped to a record low in more than a decade, despite recent reports of major fire incidents. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

The total number of fires dropped to a record low in more than a decade, despite recent reports of major fire incidents.

There were 2,191 cases - mainly residential fires - reported in the first half of this year, a slight dip from 2,197 cases in the same period last year, according to Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) statistics released on Friday morning.

Rubbish chute, discarded items and unattended cooking fire remained the top three causes of residential fires.

However, the number of fires caused by discarded items fell to 333 from 344, but SCDF said it remained a concern, pointing to the recent Marsiling blaze caused by corridor clutter.

 
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