Home fire fatalities in the news

Information on home 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.

1720 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2016 and October 27, 2016,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 10/26/2016 St. Louis, MO Under Investigation Male 1
n/a 10/26/2016 Virginia, MN Under Investigation n/a n/a
n/a 10/26/2016 Rochester, NH Under Investigation n/a n/a
n/a 10/26/2016 Belmont, NC Under Investigation Female 69
1/2 10/26/2016 Sarasota, FL Under Investigation Female n/a
2/2 10/26/2016 Sarasota, FL Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 10/26/2016 Rexburg, ID Under Investigation Female 16
n/a 10/26/2016 Houston, TX Under Investigation Male 20
n/a 10/26/2016 Valdosta, GA Under Investigation Female 70
1/2 10/25/2016 Aberdeen (Brown County), SD Under Investigation Male 5

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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