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.

1288 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2020 and August 6, 2020,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 08/06/2020 Austin, IL Under investigation Female 86
n/a 08/05/2020 Odessa, TX Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/05/2020 Grove Isle, FL Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 08/05/2020 Canaan, CT Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 08/04/2020 Campti, LA Under investigation Female 87
n/a 08/03/2020 Cameron, TX Under investigation Female 61
n/a 08/02/2020 Glendale, AZ Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/02/2020 Foxfire, NC Under investigation Male 87
n/a 08/02/2020 Fort Dodge, IA Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 08/01/2020 moreno Valley, CA Under investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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