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.

7 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media on January 31, 2012 for criteria = All Causes, All Residential Building Types.

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 01/31/2012 Portsmouth, NH Smoking Female 65
1/2 01/31/2012 Fredericksburg, TX Under Investigation Male 15
2/2 01/31/2012 Fredericksburg, TX Under Investigation Female 13
n/a 01/31/2012 Steubenville, OH Under Investigation Male n/a
1/2 01/31/2012 Norwalk, CT Smoking Female 62
2/2 01/31/2012 Norwalk, CT Smoking Female 92
n/a 01/31/2012 Cayce, SC Under Investigation Male 55

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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