Fires in the Basements of Single-Detached Residential Property

This report examines the fires that occurred in basements of British Columbia (BC) single-detached residential properties, reported to the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) between October 20 2008 and October19 2013. The data included in this analysis was provided by 296 reporting agencies across the province, sampled from first nations band areas, non-municipal areas (with and without fire protection), and municipal areas. These fires that originated in the basement1 (n = 715) were compared with all other fires that occurred in single-detached residential properties over this period of time (n = 5,481).


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