Deadliest prison fires in the United States

Top ten deadliest prison fires in the United States

 Rank  Event  Date  Number of deaths
 1. Ohio State Penitentiary (PDF)
Columbus, Ohio

April 21, 1930

320

 2. Maury County Jail (PDF)
Columbia, Tennessee
June 26, 1977

42

 3. Harrison County Jail (PDF)
Biloxi, Mississippi
November 8, 1982

29

 4a. Seminole County Jail (PDF)
Sanford, Florida
June 9, 1975

11

 4b. Prison
Goldsboro, North Carolina
March 7, 1931

11

 4c. Lancaster County Jail (PDF)
Lancaster, South Carolina
December 17, 1979

11

 7. McDowell County Prison
Marion, North Carolina
June 30, 1976

9

 8. Mitchell County Jail
Bakersville, North Carolina
May 3, 2002

8

 9. Hudson County Jail
Jersey City, New Jersey
April 14, 1982

7

 10a. Mason County Jail
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
March 2, 1976

5

 10b. Federal Correctional Institute (PDF)
Danbury, Connecticut
July 7, 1977

5

Disclaimer: Death tolls are based on information in NFPA’s records. Please contact us at research@nfpa.org to provide any updated information.    

Source: NFPA’s Fire Incident Data Organization and archive records.

Updated 1/10