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.

1559 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media between January 1, 2019 and October 21, 2019,

for criteria = All causes, All residential building types, for All states .
MFI Incident Date City/State Reported Cause Gender Age
n/a 10/20/2019 St. Louis, MO Under investigation n/a n/a
1/2 10/20/2019 Indianapolis (Wayne Township), IN Smoking Female n/a
2/2 10/20/2019 Indianapolis (Wayne Township), IN Smoking Male n/a
1/2 10/19/2019 North Hero, VT Under investigation n/a n/a
2/2 10/19/2019 North Hero, VT Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 10/19/2019 Eau Claire, WI Under investigation n/a n/a
n/a 10/19/2019 Greenville, SC Under investigation Female n/a
n/a 10/19/2019 Vesuvius (Rockbridge County), VA Other heat Male 36
n/a 10/18/2019 Charlotte, NC Smoking n/a n/a
n/a 10/18/2019 Belvidere (Boone County), IL Under investigation n/a n/a

MFI = Multiple fatality incident

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