Number of fires rose slightly in 2012, mostly due to discarded items

There were 4,485 fires last year, just a notch from the 4,470 cases recorded in 2011.

Almost half of the cases reported in 2012 involved discarded items and and fires in rubbish chutes, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) during the release of its annual statistics on Thursday.

The SCDF said that the number of fires in multi-storey carparks and other public venues such as schools and playgrounds was also up, often due to discarded items catching fire.

Some 202 vehicles were also burned last year, a 7 per cent increase from 188 in the previous year.

A worrying trend among the figures was that the number of fire related injuries, mostly from smoke inhalation increased 21 per cent from 165 to 199.