Trends | Causes | Where fires occur | Who fire impacts | Firefighters and fire departments
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) collects data from a variety of sources to provide information and analyses on the status and scope of the fire problem in the United States. Armed with this data, the fire service can use it to:
Read our reports on the causes of residential, nonresidential, vehicle and outside fires, and fires in other places.
Thirteen summaries describing trends in U.S. residential fires. Included are summaries for deaths, injuries, dollar loss, and leading residential fire causes.
|Cause under investigation||1.4%|
|Playing with heat source||0.4%|
Total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding.
Nine summaries describing trends in U.S. nonresidential fires. Included are summaries for number of fires, dollar loss and leading nonresidential fire causes.
|Cause under investigation||1.6%|
|Playing with heat source||0.3%|
Read our reports on where fires occur.
“Residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths (74.5%), fire injuries (75.5%) and fire dollar loss (52.2%).
Read our reports on who fire impacts the most.
|2015||Texas, California and New York||led the nation in number of fire deaths.|
|The District of Columbia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama||had the most deaths per million population in the U.S.|
View national and state statistics on fire deaths | Browse state fire profiles
American Indian males (21.8) and African American males (20.9) have the highest fire death rates per million population.
People ages 85 or older have the highest fire death rate (39.5).
People ages 50-54 have the highest fire injury rate (63.0).
More information on fire death rates for older adults and children.
Read our reports on fire departments and firefighters.
|89||Firefighters died while on duty.|
|40||Firefighters died from heart attacks.|
|36||Firefighters died from activities related to an emergency incident.|
|17||Firefighters died from activities at a fire scene.|
|10||Firefighters died while responding to emergency incidents.|
|9||Firefighters died while participating in training activities.|
24,325 firefighters were injured on the fireground in 2016.
Visit: 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.