Read our reports on the causes of residential, nonresidential, vehicle and outside fires, and fires in other places.
|Other unintentional, careless||6.8%|
|Equipment misoperation, failure||3.7%|
|Cause under investigation||1.0%|
|Playing with heat source||0.6%|
|Other unintentional, careless||9.9%|
|Equipment misoperation, failure||4.4%|
|Cause under investigation||1.3%|
|Playing with heat source||0.4%|
Read our reports on where fires occur.
“Residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths (75.7%), fire injuries (79.1%) and fire dollar loss (52.2%).
Read our reports on who fire impacts the most.
|2010||Texas, California, and Pennsylvania||lead the nation in number of fire deaths.|
|DC, West Virginia and Alabama||have the most deaths per million population in the U.S.|
View statistics on national and state fire deaths, fire death rates, and risk of dying in a fire.
African American males (21.5) and American Indian males (14.8) have the highest fire death rates per million population.
People 85 and older have the highest fire death rate. (50.9)
People 30-34 have the highest fire injury rate. (71.4)
More information on fire death rates for older adults and children.
Read our reports on fire departments and firefighters.
|81||Firefighters died while on duty.|
|15||Firefighters died working wildland fires.|
|22||Firefighters died from activities at a fire scene.|
|18||Firefighters died as a result of vehicle crashes.|
|39||Firefighters died from heart attacks.|
|45||Firefighters died from activities related to an emergency incident.|
31,490 firefighters were injured on the fireground in 2012.
See: National Fire Protection Association for more statistics on firefighter injuries.
These documents describe the data sources and methodology we use to calculate our fire loss estimates.
“Fire in the United States”
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