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Fire Estimate Summary • April 2021

Residential Building Heating Fire Trends (2010‑2019)

This fire estimate summary presents basic data on residential building heating 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 residential building heating fires and losses show that there were:

  • 33,100 fires.
  • 145 deaths.
  • 675 injuries.
  • $351,100,000 in dollar loss.

Overall Trends

Overall trends for residential building heating fires and losses for the 10-year period of 2010 to 2019 show the following:

  • A 32% decrease in fires.
  • A 0.3% decrease in deaths. In 2014, there were 11 reported multifatality heating fires that contributed to the spike in fire deaths.
  • A 7% decrease in injuries.
  • A 13% 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.)

Residential Building Heating Fires

EstimateTrend (-32%)
20104680048876
201143700
201245200
201349000
201447600
201541200
201635100
201733800
201835700
20193310033364

Residential Building Heating Fire Deaths

EstimateTrend (-0.3%)
2010145174
2011130
2012195
2013200
2014245
2015165
2016165
2017195
2018155
2019145174

Residential Building Heating Fire Injuries

EstimateTrend (-7%)
2010575661
2011550
2012775
2013725
2014850
2015575
2016500
2017575
2018575
2019675614

Residential Building Heating Fire Dollar Loss

Adjusted to 2019 Dollars

EstimateTrend (-13%)
2010381700000458130909
2011322000000
2012468900000
2013563300000
2014652500000
2015423200000
2016368500000
2017333400000
2018417800000
2019351100000398349091