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Fire Estimate Summary • April 2021

Nonresidential Building Other Unintentional, Careless Fire Trends (2010‑2019)

This fire estimate summary presents basic data on nonresidential building other unintentional, careless 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 other unintentional, careless fires and loss show that there were:

  • 12,800 fires.
  • $433,000,000 in dollar loss.

Overall Trends

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

  • A 59% increase in fires.
  • A 26% increase in dollar loss. A $100,000,000 West, Texas, fertilizer plant fire and a $40,000,000 Burlington, Wisconsin, manufacturing plant fire contributed to the 2013 dollar-loss peak. A $31,000,000 reported fire in a Los Angeles, California, religious property and a $25,250,000 reported warehouse fire in Hopkins, Minnesota, contributed to the 2015 and 2016 dollar-loss peaks, respectively. (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 Other Unintentional, Careless Fires

EstimateTrend (+59%)
201085007964
20118400
20129100
20138600
201410000
201510900
201610700
201712300
201811900
20191280012676

Nonresidential Building Other Unintentional, Careless Fire Dollar Loss

Adjusted to 2019 Dollars

EstimateTrend (+26%)
2010438300000420772727.27
2011315400000
2012370500000
2013618600000
2014417000000
2015572700000
2016574800000
2017489600000
2018515100000
2019433000000528227272.73