When compared to the previous year, the overall number of fires to which the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Service attended decreased in 2022.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Elvis Weaver, the department’s leader, the numbers were presented during the police’s end-of-year news meeting.
The department responded to 494 fires in 2021, but that number dropped to 402 in 2022, a 19 percent decrease.
Weaver went on to say that 49 house fires, 29 vehicle fires, 120 brush fires, 75 garbage fires, 24 false calls, 61 electrical fires, 11 business fires, and 33 other miscellaneous occurrences occurred last year.
Additionally, there was a 17 percent decrease in home fires in 2022 compared to the previous year’s 59 instances, although electrical fires grew by 34% in 2021 compared to the previous year’s 41 cases.
Last year, there was also a minor increase in vehicle fires, with 24 instances documented in 2021.