Direct property loss from large loss fires down 298 million from 2009

Published on November 10, 2011
NFPA Journal details 2010 Large-Loss Fire report, code process for NFPA 56

November 10, 2011 – There were eight fewer large-loss fires in 2010 than there were in 2009, and associated property losses decreased by more than $298.4 million, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) report “Large-Loss Fires in the U.S.” Details from the report, along with an overview of the NFPA 56PS:  Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems code process, are now available in the November/December 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®.

Each year, NFPA reports on the previous year’s large-loss fires, tracking and verifying loss information reported in the media or by other sources.  Large-loss fires and explosions are defined as incidents that cause at least $10 million in direct property loss, and in 2010, the U.S. experienced 17 large-loss fires that resulted in roughly $950 million in direct property losses. The report looked at a relatively small portion (.001 percent) of estimated fires in 2010 that accounted for 5.6 percent of the total estimated dollar loss.

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