Eating and drinking establishments

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Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments"
Author: Ben Evarts
Issued: November 2012

Overview of the fire problem in eating and drinking establishments, including trend tables, causes, time of day, day of week, month of year and area of origin. Also includes previously published incident descriptions.


U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires per year in eating and drinking establishments between 2006 and 2010.  These fires caused average annual losses of two civilian deaths, 115 civilian injuries, and $246 million in direct property damage each year.  Three out of five (57%) of these fires involved cooking equipment.

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