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.

1312 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2019 and August 21, 2019,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 08/21/2019 Woodstock, AL Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 08/20/2019 Selmer, TN Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/19/2019 Muskegon Heights, MI Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 08/19/2019 Boston, MA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/19/2019 Crowley, LA Electrical malfunction Male 70
n/a 08/19/2019 Juneau, AK Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 08/18/2019 Northwest D.C., DC Under investigation Male n/a
1/2 08/17/2019 Monroe County, GA Under investigation Male 87
2/2 08/17/2019 Monroe County, GA Under investigation Female 91
n/a 08/16/2019 Mount Pleasant, MI Under investigation Male 2

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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