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Residential Building Open-Flame Fire Trends (2011‑2020)

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National estimates

The 2020 national estimates for residential building open-flame fires and losses show that there were:

  • 15,900 fires.
  • 170 deaths.
  • 975 injuries.
  • $726,300,000 in dollar loss.

Overall trends

Overall trends for residential building open-flame fires and losses for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2020 show the following:

  • A 12% decrease in fires.
  • A 3% decrease in deaths.
  • A 23% decrease in injuries.
  • A 3% increase in dollar loss.
    This overall constant dollar-loss trend takes inflation into account by adjusting each year’s dollar loss to its equivalent 2020 value.

Fires, deaths, injuries and dollar loss

Residential building open-flame fires

2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Fires17000182001750016800164001580016000163001530015900

Residential building open-flame fire deaths

2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Deaths195175165160115145180140200170

Residential building open-flame fire injuries

2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Injuries13001100115010509759259009751000975

Residential building open-flame fire dollar loss

YearDollar loss
2011695500000
2012711900000
2013624300000
2014672600000
2015672600000
2016573800000
2017668600000
2018745600000
2019653300000
2020726300000
2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Dollar loss695.5711.9624.3672.6672.6573.8668.6745.6653.3726.3