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.

1204 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2018 and May 21, 2018,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 05/20/2018 Portage, WI Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 05/20/2018 Indianapolis, IN Smoking Male 62
n/a 05/20/2018 Norway, ME Under investigation Male 68
n/a 05/20/2018 Rochester, MA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 05/19/2018 Southington, CT Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 05/19/2018 Dartmouth, NH Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 05/19/2018 Lexington, KY Under investigation Female 68
n/a 05/19/2018 Somerset, KY Under investigation Female 68
n/a 05/18/2018 Atwood, IL Under investigation Male 60
n/a 05/18/2018 Springfield, IL Under investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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