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.

14 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for the state of Ohio .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 02/19/2020 Gilboa, OH Under investigation Male 42
n/a 02/17/2020 Ashtabula, OH Under investigation Male 72
n/a 02/17/2020 Jackson county, OH Under investigation Male 3
n/a 02/11/2020 Akron, OH Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 02/06/2020 Lima, OH Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 02/01/2020 Toledo, OH Other unintentional/careless Male 86
n/a 01/26/2020 Cleveland, OH Under investigation Female 59
n/a 01/21/2020 Cincinnati, OH Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 01/16/2020 Columbus, OH Under investigation Male 56
n/a 01/05/2020 Chester Township, OH Under investigation Male n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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