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.

1435 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2015 and August 2, 2015, for criteria = All Causes, All Residential Building Types.

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 08/02/2015 Harlem, NY Under Investigation Male 50
n/a 08/02/2015 Casselberry, FL Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 08/01/2015 Moose, WY Under Investigation Male 20
1/2 08/01/2015 Charlotte, NC Electrical Malfunction Female 74
2/2 08/01/2015 Charlotte, NC Electrical Malfunction Male 73
n/a 08/01/2015 Tampa, FL Under Investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/01/2015 Waco, TX Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 07/31/2015 Columbia County, GA Under Investigation Female 85
n/a 07/31/2015 North Little Rock, AR Under Investigation Female 60
n/a 07/31/2015 Kimball Township, MI Under Investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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