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More than 2,000 Jamaicans left homeless by fire in 2016

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 6:09 AM

​Two-thousand-one-hundred-and-four Jamaicans were left homeless last year as a result of house fires.

Ninety persons were injured in fires and a further 38 died in fires including four children.

This was revealed in the Economic and Social Survey 2016, which was just released.

The survey says data from the Jamaica Fire Brigade show that there were 1,103 house fires in 2016.

Among the other categories of fires recorded in 2016 were 3,716 bush fires, 1,299 fires at garbage sites, 269 fires on farm lands, and 346 fires involving motor vehicles.

The fire department indicated that last year it received 7,703 genuine fire calls.