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 between December 1, 2019 and December 7, 2019,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 12/06/2019 Apache Junction (Maricopa Co.), AZ Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 12/05/2019 Birmingham, AL Under investigation Female 55
n/a 12/05/2019 Shawnee (Louisville), KY Cooking Male n/a
n/a 12/04/2019 Kansas City, MO Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 12/04/2019 Novato, CA Under investigation Female 80
n/a 12/04/2019 Baxley, GA Under investigation Male 44
n/a 12/04/2019 Sanford, MI Under investigation Male 58
n/a 12/04/2019 Bradford County, PA Under investigation Male 71
n/a 12/04/2019 Tyler County, TX Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 12/04/2019 Williamson County, IL Under investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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