The 2019 national estimates for the leading causes of residential building fires show that there were:
- 178,100 cooking fires.
- 33,100 heating fires.
- 27,200 other unintentional, careless fires.
- 24,200 electrical malfunction fires.
Overall trends in the leading fire causes for the 10-year period of 2010 to 2019 show the following:
- Cooking as the leading cause of residential building fires for the 10-year period.
- A 10% increase in residential cooking fires. (This is likely due to an NFIRS coding edit implemented in 2012.)
- A 32% decrease in residential heating fires.
- A 22% increase in residential other unintentionally or carelessly set fires.
- A 0.8% decrease in residential electrical malfunction fires.
Leading Causes of Residential Building Fires (2010‑2019)
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