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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.

USFA creates, reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep communities safe from fire.

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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.

142 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018.

Criteria used to create this report:

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

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
1/2 12/30/2018 Long Island, NY Open flame Female 68
2/2 12/30/2018 Long Island, NY Open flame Female 4
n/a 12/29/2018 Oneonta, NY Under investigation Male 38
n/a 12/28/2018 Nassau, (Rensselaer County), NY Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 12/26/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Under investigation Female 79
n/a 12/26/2018 Queens, NY Under investigation Female 16
1/2 12/23/2018 Queens, NY Under investigation Male 64
2/2 12/23/2018 Queens, NY Under investigation Male 86
1/3 12/21/2018 Buffalo, NY Under investigation Female 26
2/3 12/21/2018 Buffalo, NY Under investigation Male 8
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