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.

18 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2020 and July 9, 2020,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for the state of Massachusetts .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 07/04/2020 Weymouth, MA Under investigation Male 40
n/a 05/04/2020 Hanson, MA Smoking Female 58
n/a 05/01/2020 Chelmsford, MA Smoking Female 58
n/a 04/24/2020 Belmont, MA Under investigation Female 55
n/a 04/22/2020 Ludlow, MA Smoking Female n/a
n/a 04/22/2020 North Falmouth, MA Smoking Female 82
n/a 04/17/2020 Methuen, MA Smoking Female n/a
n/a 04/12/2020 Falmouth, MA Electrical malfunction Female 67
n/a 04/12/2020 Nantucket, MA Electrical malfunction Male 27
n/a 02/27/2020 Oxford, MA Under investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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