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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.

43 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - Dec. 6, 2021.

Criteria used to create this report:

All causes
All residential building types
State of New Jersey
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MFI = Multiple fatality incident

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 11/23/2021 Cranford, NJ Under investigation Female 83
n/a 11/03/2021 Maurice River Township (Cumberland County), NJ Electrical malfunction Female 61
n/a 10/31/2021 Hampton Township, NJ Under investigation Female 71
n/a 10/28/2021 Newark, NJ Under investigation Female 75
n/a 10/21/2021 East Hanover, NJ Under investigation Male 43
n/a 09/21/2021 Elizabeth, NJ Under investigation Female 78
1/2 09/17/2021 North Arlington, NJ Under investigation Male 76
2/2 09/17/2021 North Arlington, NJ Under investigation Male 45
n/a 08/09/2021 Hamilton, NJ Under investigation Male 24
n/a 07/21/2021 Wall, Monmouth County, NJ Under investigation Male 62
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