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.

2008 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2016 and December 9, 2016,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 12/09/2016 Decatur, GA Under Investigation Female 71
n/a 12/08/2016 Ethridge (Giles County), TN Under Investigation n/a n/a
1/2 12/08/2016 Selma, AL Under Investigation Female 44
2/2 12/08/2016 Selma, AL Under Investigation Female 20
n/a 12/08/2016 Perry, IA Under Investigation Male 4
n/a 12/08/2016 Summerville, GA Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 12/08/2016 Albany, GA Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 12/08/2016 Oelwein, IA Under Investigation Female n/a
n/a 12/08/2016 Los Angeles, CA Under Investigation Female 78
n/a 12/08/2016 Union Township, IN Under Investigation Female 64

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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