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How many Fires start in a Year?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

This shows a fire that started in the middle of a living room.

Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year.  These fires caused 12,300 civilian injuries, 2,510 civilian deaths, and $6.7 billion in direct damage.  On average, seven people per day die in U.S. home fires.

Where do most fires start in a home?Based on research from fires that occurred between 2009 and 2013, here are the most common places fires begin:
  • 1: Kitchen. Half of all house fires start in the kitchen.
  • 2: Bedroom. About 7% of all house fires start in the bedroom.
  • 3: Chimney. 6%
  • 4: Living Room. 4%
  • 5: Laundry Room. 3%
  • 6: Outside. 3%
  • 7: Attic. 3%
The top cause of fires is cooking.  House fires happen most during dinner hours—between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. That’s because people are cooking.

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