Two firefighters killed in North Carolina wood mill fire

Published on March 7, 2008
NFPA statistics available as resource for media

March 7A multiple alarm fire broke out at a wood mill in Salisbury, North Carolinaon March 7, 2008. Reports indicate that two firefighters were killed and others injured. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers reports and resources to the media.

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According to NFPA, a total of 89 on-duty firefighter deaths occurred in the U.S.in 2006. It was the second consecutive year, and the fifth out of the last 10 years, that the total number of deaths has been below 100. The largest share of deaths (38 deaths) occurred on the fire ground.

Source: Firefighter fatalities in the U.S.  (PDF, 781KB)

Other materials available:

  • NFPA Journal® feature on firefighter fatalities (July/August 2007)
  • Firefighter fatalities studies 1977-2006: What's changed over the past 30 years?
  • Fire Loss in the United States During 2006 (PDF, 1MB)
  • The Total Cost of Fire in the U.S.

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