The 2020 national estimates for the leading causes of residential building fire dollar loss show that there was:
- $1,675,800,000 loss from other unintentional, careless fires.
- $1,135,900,000 loss from electrical malfunction fires.
- $902,700,000 loss from intentional fires.
Overall trends in the leading fire dollar loss causes for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2020 show the following:
- Other unintentional, careless was the leading cause of residential fire dollar loss for the 10-year period.
- A 45% increase in residential other unintentionally or carelessly set fire dollar loss.*
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, there were 33, 30 and 24 incidents, respectively, with a reported dollar loss of $1,000,000 or more, which may have contributed to the continued increase in fire dollar loss.
- An 18% increase in residential electrical malfunction fire dollar loss.*
In 2018 and 2019, there were 32 and 14 incidents, respectively, with a reported dollar loss of $1,000,000 or more, which may have contributed to the continued increase in fire dollar loss. The 2019 high-dollar-loss fires included a $26,400,000 hotel fire in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- A 39% increase in residential intentional fire dollar loss.*
An $80,000,000 under-construction apartment and hotel complex fire in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to the 2020 dollar-loss peak.
- The spike in the 2016 residential exposure fire dollar loss is attributed in part to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, wildfires.
Leading causes of residential building fire dollar loss (2011-2020)
|Other unintentional, careless||1240.7||1261.7||1156.5||1200.5||1357.9||1264.9||1458.9||1629.0||1590.3||1675.8|