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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.

The U.S. Fire Administration (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.

438 home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - Feb. 23, 2024.

Criteria used to create this report:

All causes
All residential building types
All states
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MFI = Multiple fatality incident

MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 02/22/2024 Atlanta, GA Under investigation Male 72
n/a 02/22/2024 Decatur, AL Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 02/21/2024 Sudbury (Middlesex County), MA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 02/21/2024 Roanoke, VA Under investigation Male 51
n/a 02/21/2024 Elton, PA Equipment malfunction Female 47
n/a 02/21/2024 Red Bluff, CA Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 02/20/2024 Fayetteville (Cumberland County), NC Heating Male 9
n/a 02/20/2024 Denton, TX Under investigation Male n/a
n/a 02/20/2024 Litchfield, NH Under investigation Female 62
n/a 02/20/2024 Chilton, WI Under investigation Male n/a
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Social Vulnerability Explorer

The USFA's Home Fire Fatalities and Social Vulnerability Explorer tool combines the fatality data available on this page with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index. Together, these 2 datasets create a composite index for assessing potential underlying factors that might contribute to home fire fatalities.

Visit the Home Fire Fatalities and Social Vulnerability Explorer