Catastrophic multiple death fire in Brockway Pennsylvania

Published on April 3, 2008
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April 3, 2008 – A catastrophic multiple-death fire occurred today in Brockway, Pennsylvania. Reports indicate that 10 people have been killed. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers reports and resources to the media.

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In 2006, the largest number of catastrophic multiple-death fires (18) occurred in residential structures, according to NFPA. These 18 fires accounted for half the catastrophic multiple-death fires in 2006. The deaths of 25 children under age 6, accounted for almost one quarter of the residential catastrophic multiple-fire deaths in 2006.
Source: Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires for 2006 (September 2007)

NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 375,200 reported home structure fires per year during the five-year-period of 2000-2004. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,970 civilian deaths, 14,390 civilian injuries, and $5.6 billion in direct property damage per year. Three-quarters (75%) of the reported home structure fires and 87% of the fatal home fire injuries occurred in one- and two-family dwellings.
Source:  Home Structure Fires (February 2007)

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