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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.

1,637 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - Sept. 19, 2021.

Criteria used to create this report:

All causes
All residential building types
All states
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MFI = Multiple fatality incident

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
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 09/17/2021 Toldeo, OH Under investigation Male 69
n/a 09/16/2021 Covington, WA Under investigation Male n/a
n/a 09/16/2021 Birmingham, AL Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 09/16/2021 Lexington, WA Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 09/15/2021 Omaha, NE Under investigation Male 58
n/a 09/15/2021 Elizabethtown, NC Cooking Male n/a
n/a 09/15/2021 Washington, DC Under investigation Female 7
n/a 09/14/2021 Washington, DC Under investigation Female 7
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