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Fire Estimate Summary • April 2021

Nonresidential Building Intentional Fire Trends (2010‑2019)

This fire estimate summary presents basic data on nonresidential building intentional fires and losses in the United States as depicted through data reported to the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) National Fire Incident Reporting System. The summary also highlights important trends in the data.

National Estimates

The 2019 national estimates for nonresidential building intentional fires and loss show that there were:

  • 12,000 fires.
  • $177,800,000 in dollar loss.

Overall Trends

Overall trends for nonresidential building intentional fires and loss for the 10-year period of 2010 to 2019 show the following:

  • A 31% increase in fires.
  • A 50% decrease in dollar loss. (This overall constant dollar-loss trend takes inflation into account by adjusting each year’s dollar loss to its equivalent 2019 value.)

Deaths and injuries by individual causes are not shown, as small numbers of nonresidential building casualties are reported to the NFIRS, and a large number of the fires that caused these casualties have insufficient information to determine fire cause.

Nonresidential Building Intentional Fires

EstimateTrend (+31%)
201085008400
20118900
20129700
20139100
20148800
20159800
20169000
201710900
201810200
20191200010980

Nonresidential Building Intentional Fire Dollar Loss

Adjusted to 2019 Dollars

EstimateTrend (-50%)
2010433300000315270909
2011209900000
2012299500000
2013208800000
2014208900000
2015200600000
2016219500000
2017233500000
2018165500000
2019177800000156189091