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.

549 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2018 and February 22, 2018,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 02/20/2018 Anderson County, SC Under Investigation Female 45
n/a 02/20/2018 Liberty, MO Smoking Female 49
n/a 02/20/2018 Puyallup, WA Under Investigation Male 52
n/a 02/20/2018 Jenks, OK Under Investigation Male n/a
n/a 02/19/2018 Bethlehem Township, OH Under Investigation Male 65
n/a 02/19/2018 Baltimore, MD Under Investigation Male 39
n/a 02/19/2018 Albany, GA Under Investigation Female 67
n/a 02/19/2018 Madison Township, OH Under Investigation Female 53
n/a 02/18/2018 Lansdowne, MD Under Investigation Male 39
n/a 02/18/2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL Under Investigation Female 6

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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