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.

57 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for the state of Virginia .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 12/25/2019 Chincoteague, VA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 12/25/2019 Newport News, VA Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 12/24/2019 Henrico, VA Under investigation Male n/a
n/a 12/15/2019 Norfolk, VA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 12/15/2019 Virginia Beach, VA Under investigation Female 82
n/a 12/14/2019 Albemarle County, VA Under investigation Female 64
n/a 12/11/2019 Tazewell County, VA Cooking Male 31
n/a 12/10/2019 Haymarket, VA Smoking Male 72
n/a 12/03/2019 Amherst County, VA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 11/20/2019 Salem, VA Under investigation Female 45

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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