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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.

1860 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2017 and November 20, 2017,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 11/20/2017 Highland Park, MI Under Investigation Male 12
n/a 11/20/2017 Tulsa, OK Under Investigation n/a n/a
n/a 11/19/2017 Braintree, MA Under Investigation Male 46
n/a 11/19/2017 Philadelphia, PA Under Investigation Female 62
n/a 11/19/2017 Bensonville, IL Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 11/19/2017 McMinnville, OR Under Investigation Female 71
n/a 11/19/2017 Vicksburg (Warren County), MS Under Investigation Male 55
1/3 11/18/2017 San Jose, CA Under Investigation Male 21
2/3 11/18/2017 San Jose, CA Under Investigation Female 48
3/3 11/18/2017 San Jose, CA Under Investigation Female 14

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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