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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7 civilian fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media on January 31, 2012 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 01/31/2012 Portsmouth, NH Smoking Female 65 A 63-year-old woman died in a house fire. The cause of the fire was smoking.
1/2 01/31/2012 Fredericksburg, TX Under Investigation Male 15 A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl died in a mobile home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
2/2 01/31/2012 Fredericksburg, TX Under Investigation Female 13
n/a 01/31/2012 Steubenville, OH Under Investigation Male n/a A teenage boy died in a house fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
1/2 01/31/2012 Norwalk, CT Smoking Female 62 A 62-year-old woman and a 92-year-old woman died from injuries sustained in an apartment fire on Tuesday, 1/31. The cause of the fire was improper handling of smoking materials. There were working smoke alarms in the apartment.
2/2 01/31/2012 Norwalk, CT Smoking Female 92
n/a 01/31/2012 Cayce, SC Under Investigation Male 55 A 55-year-old man died in a mobile home fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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