An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

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.

Explore these materials to help increase awareness about fire safety and prevention.

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.

1,036 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - May 8, 2021.

Criteria used to create this report:

All causes
All residential building types
All states
  • Export data:

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
1/2 05/06/2021 Chula Vista, CA Under investigation n/a n/a
2/2 05/06/2021 Chula Vista, CA Under investigation n/a n/a
1/3 05/06/2021 Garden City, NY Under investigation Female 18
2/3 05/06/2021 Garden City, NY Under investigation Male n/a
3/3 05/06/2021 Garden City, NY Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 05/06/2021 Lewiston, WA Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 05/06/2021 Westerville, OH Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 05/06/2021 Lafayette, LA Smoking Female 69
n/a 05/06/2021 Tallahassee, FL Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 05/06/2021 Bessemer, AL Under investigation n/a n/a
Additional filters check to show only
Smoke alarms check to show only
Reset filter