The 2020 national estimates for the leading causes of residential building fire deaths show that there were:
- 505 cause-under-investigation fire deaths.
- 500 other unintentional, careless fire deaths.
- 330 smoking fire deaths.
Overall trends in the leading fire death causes for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2020 show the following:
- Cause under investigation was the leading cause of residential fire deaths in 2020.
- A 67% increase in residential cause-under-investigation fire deaths.
In 2019 and 2020, 10 and 18 reported multifatality fire incidents (resulting in 2, 3 or 4 deaths), respectively, may have contributed to the increase in the estimate of fire deaths.
- Other unintentional, careless was the leading cause of residential fire deaths in 8 years out of the 10-year period
- A 57% increase in residential other unintentionally or carelessly set fire deaths.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, 16, 18 and 9 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.
- An 8% increase in residential smoking fire deaths.
Leading causes of residential building fire deaths (2011-2020)
|Other unintentional, careless||360||295||465||450||440||480||435||545||585||500|
|Cause under investigation||350||285||275||305||365||405||355||375||470||505|