U.S. fire statistics

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:

in 2013
from 2004
in 2013
from 2004
in 2013
from 2004
$ Loss$11.5 billion
in 2013
* from 2004
* Adjusted to 2013 dollars
See: National Fire Protection Association for more statistics on U.S. fire loss.

* Adjusted to 2013 dollars
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What are the causes of fires?

Read our reports on the causes of residential, nonresidential, vehicle and outside fires, and fires in other places.


Residential fires

Residential building fire causes (2014)
50.0% Cooking
12.5% Heating
6.3% Electrical malfunction

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Electrical malfunction6.3%
Unintentional, careless5.8%
Open flame4.4%
Other heat3.2%
Cause under investigation1.2%
Other equipment1.2%
Equipment malfunction0.9%
Playing with heat source0.4%

Total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

Causes of fatal residential building fires (2014)
Causes of residential building fires resulting in injuries (2014)

Nonresidential fires

Nonresidential building fire causes (2014)
29.1% Cooking
10.0% Unintentional, careless
9.0% Heating

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Unintentional, careless10.0%
Electrical malfunction8.1%
Open flame6.1%
Other heat5.1%
Other equipment4.7%
Equipment malfunction2.5%
Cause under investigation1.6%
Playing with heat source0.4%

Total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding.


Causes of vehicle and outside fires

Causes of vehicle fires
188,000 vehicle fires in 2013
Causes of outside fires
479,500 outside fires in 2013

Chart does not total 100% due to rounding.

Where do fires occur?

Read our reports on where fires occur.


Property types

“Residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths (76.5%), fire injuries (78.0%) and fire dollar loss (55.0%).

Fires by general property type (2013)
31.7% Residential
8.6% Nonresidential
14.5% Vehicle
39.3% Outside
5.9% Other
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Who does fire impact the most?

Read our reports on who fire impacts the most.

2014Texas, California and Pennsylvanialed the nation in number of fire deaths.
Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia and the District of Columbiahad the most deaths per million population in the U.S.

View national and state statistics on fire deaths | Browse state fire profiles


More men die and are injured
in fires than women.

National fire death rate: 10.7

National fire injury rate: 49.5

per million population

Gender and race

African American males (20.0) and American Indian males (19.5) have the highest fire death rates per million population.


People ages 85 or older have the highest fire death (44.5) and injury (68.5) rates.

More information on fire death rates for older adults and children.

Download fire death and injury data by gender, age, and race

Firefighters and fire departments

Read our reports on fire departments and firefighters.

Fire departments

There were an estimated 29,980 fire departments in 2014 (all career: 2,440; mostly career: 2,045; mostly volunteer: 5,580; all volunteer: 19,915).

See: National Fire Protection Association for more statistics on fire departments.


There were an estimated 1,134,400 firefighters in 2014 (career: 346,150; volunteer: 788,250).

See: National Fire Protection Association for more statistics on firefighters.

On-duty firefighter deaths in 2014

56 Volunteer
30 Career
5 Wildland agency
91Firefighters died while on duty.
59Firefighters died from heart attacks.
42Firefighters died from activities related to an emergency incident.
25Firefighters died from activities at a fire scene.
13Firefighters died while responding to or returning from emergency incidents.
9Firefighters died while participating in training activities.

Firefighter injuries

27,015 firefighters were injured on the fireground in 2014.
Visit: National Fire Protection Association for more statistics on firefighter injuries.

Report: Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries Reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (2012–2014) August 2016, PDF 806 KB

How we calculate fire loss statistics

These documents describe the data sources and methodology we use to calculate our fire loss estimates.


Data sources we use to calculate statistics

More resources for statistics