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.

31 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2019 and December 14, 2019,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for the state of Iowa .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 12/06/2019 Osage, IA Under investigation Male 84
n/a 11/18/2019 Hamilton, IA Under investigation Female 56
n/a 11/04/2019 Spencer, IA Under investigation Male 72
n/a 10/30/2019 Morovia, IA Other unintentional/careless Female n/a
n/a 10/18/2019 Boyden, IA Under investigation Male 39
n/a 09/02/2019 Indianola, IA Under investigation Female 64
n/a 08/29/2019 Winterset, IA Under investigation Female 62
1/2 08/14/2019 Fruitland (Muscatine County), IA Under investigation Male 21
2/2 08/14/2019 Fruitland (Muscatine County), IA Under investigation Male 45
n/a 08/06/2019 Nevada, IA Under investigation Female 27

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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