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.

17 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for the state of Iowa .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 05/17/2020 Sioux City, IA Smoking Male 60
n/a 05/03/2020 Fairview, IA Under investigation Male n/a
1/2 05/02/2020 Washington, IA Under investigation Male 66
2/2 05/02/2020 Washington, IA Under investigation Female 58
n/a 04/25/2020 Charles City (Floyd County), IA Cooking n/a n/a
n/a 04/24/2020 Charles City, IA Cooking n/a n/a
n/a 04/22/2020 Ankeny, IA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 04/17/2020 Burlington, IA Cooking Female 65
1/2 03/15/2020 Des Moines, IA Under investigation Female 40
2/2 03/15/2020 Des Moines, IA Under investigation Male 5

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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