The 2019 national estimates for the leading causes of residential building fire deaths show that there were:
- 585 other unintentional, careless fire deaths.
- 470 cause under investigation fire deaths.
- 320 smoking fire deaths.
Overall trends in the leading fire death causes for the 10-year period of 2010 to 2019 show the following:
- Other unintentional, careless was the leading cause of residential fire deaths in 9 years out of the 10-year period, and there was a 52% increase in residential other unintentionally or carelessly set fire deaths. In 2018 and 2019, 16 and 18 reported multifatality fire incidents (resulting in 2, 3, 4 or 5 deaths each), respectively, may have contributed to the increase in the estimate of fire deaths.
- Cause under investigation was the second leading cause of residential fire deaths in 2019, and there was a 67% increase in residential cause under investigation fire deaths. In 2019, 10 reported multifatality fire incidents (resulting in 2, 3 or 4 deaths) may have contributed to the increase in the estimate of fire deaths.
- A 6% increase in residential smoking fire deaths.
Leading Causes of Residential Building Fire Deaths (2010‑2019)
|Other Unintentional, Careless||435||360||295||465||450||440||480||435||545||585|
|Cause Under Investigation||230||350||285||275||305||365||405||355||375||470|