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During the four year period 1965 to 1968 there were 3600 fires which cost Â£10,000 or more in direct damage. The aggregate loss in all these fires was Â£211 million out of a total estimated direct loss of Â£347 million in all fires during that period. This note contains a brief analysis of 3464 of these fires. Of these, 126 fires started outside buildings some of whioh spread to nearby buildings.