Residential fire fatalities in the news

Information on residential fire fatalities is compiled through a daily Internet search (Monday-Friday) of U.S. news media reports. The primary purpose of this information is to help raise awareness about the danger of fire and the frequency of home fire deaths.

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We gather home fire fatality information from U.S. news media reports published within 24-48 hours after a fatal fire. These early reports provide only basic information about what happened, such as how many fatalities, when and where the fire happened, and the type of home, for example, a house, apartment or mobile home. Most fires require investigations that can take weeks or months to complete. For this reason, the information found on this page should be viewed only as preliminary, especially as it relates to the cause of the fire and the presence or absence of working smoke alarms.

1003 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2015 and April 27, 2015, for criteria = All Causes, All Residential Building Types.

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 04/27/2015 Montecito, CA Under Investigation Female n/a
1/2 04/27/2015 Steubenville, OH Under Investigation Male n/a
2/2 04/27/2015 Steubenville, OH Under Investigation Female 70
n/a 04/26/2015 Dayton , OH Under Investigation Female 26
n/a 04/26/2015 Collinsville, IL Under Investigation Female 82
1/2 04/26/2015 Detroit, MI Under Investigation Male 56
2/2 04/26/2015 Detroit, MI Under Investigation Female 27
n/a 04/25/2015 Woodland Hills, CA Under Investigation n/a n/a
1/2 04/25/2015 Mercer County, KY Under Investigation Male 50
2/2 04/25/2015 Mercer County, KY Under Investigation Female 40

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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