Residential Fire Fatalities in the News

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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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USFA estimates approximately one-third to one-half of the total number of residential fire fatalities that occur each year are captured on this page. Information is obtained from news media reports published or aired within 24-48 hours after the fire; therefore, complete information is not available. Most fires require a post-incident investigation that may take days or months to complete. Only at the conclusion of the investigation will relevant facts be determined. For this reason, the statistics found on this page are only preliminary and should be viewed as such.

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1005 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2014 and April 18, 2014, for criteria = All Causes, All Residential Building Types.

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MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age Additional Information
n/a 04/18/2014 Santa Claus, IN Under Investigation Male 65 A 65-year-old man died in a house fire.
n/a 04/17/2014 Middleburg Heights, OH Under Investigation Male 37 A 37-year-old man died in a house fire.
n/a 04/17/2014 Ellicott, NY Electrical Malfunction Male 93 A 93-year-old man died in a house fire.
n/a 04/17/2014 King, WI Under Investigation n/a n/a A person died in a house fire.
1/2 04/16/2014 Quincy, IL Electrical Malfunction Male n/a A 25-year-old man and his 4-month-old son died in house fire.
2/2 04/16/2014 Quincy, IL Electrical Malfunction Male 25
1/2 04/16/2014 San Francisco, CA Under Investigation Male 3 A mother and her 3-year-old son died in a house fire.
2/2 04/16/2014 San Francisco, CA Under Investigation Female n/a
n/a 04/16/2014 Lexington Park, MD Under Investigation Female 81 An 81-year-old woman died in a house fire.
n/a 04/16/2014 Gadsden, AL Under Investigation Male 31 A 31-year-old man died in a house fire.

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