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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8 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media on April 5, 2012 for criteria = All Causes, All Residential Building Types.

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MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age Additional Information
1/2 04/05/2012 Newington, CT Under Investigation Female 40 A woman in her 40's and her daughter died in a house fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
2/2 04/05/2012 Newington, CT Under Investigation Female n/a
n/a 04/05/2012 Prince George County, VA Under Investigation Female n/a A woman in her 50's died in a house fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A working smoke alarm alerted the homeowner to the fire.
n/a 04/05/2012 Pittsburgh, PA Under Investigation Male 35 A 35-year-old man died in a condominium fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
n/a 04/05/2012 Northampton County, VA Electrical Malfunction Female 79 A 79-year-old woman died in a house fire. The cause of the fire was electrical malfunction.
n/a 04/05/2012 Columbus, OH Under Investigation Female 36 A 36-year-old woman died in an apartment fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were working smoke alarms in the apartment building.
n/a 04/05/2012 Fort Wayne, IN Under Investigation Male n/a A man died in a house fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
n/a 04/05/2012 Shaws Bend, CO Cooking Female 2 A 2-year-old girl died in a house fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is believed that the fire started in the kitchen from grease cooking on the stove.

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