Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities

Report: NFPA's "Fires in U.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities"
Author: Ben Evarts
Issued: April 2012 

An overview of industrial and manufacturing property fires, including trend tables, causes, time of day, day of week, month of year, and area of origin.  


During 2006-2010, an estimated 42,800 fires in or at industrial or manufacturing properties (including utility, defense, agriculture, and mining) were reported to U.S. fire departments per year, with associated annual losses of 22 civilian deaths, 300 civilian injuries, and $951 million in direct property damage. Seventy percent of these fires occurred outside or in unclassified locations, 20% occurred in structures and 9% in vehicles. Two-thirds (66%) of the combined industrial or manufacturing facility structure fires occurred specifically in manufacturing facilities (as opposed to utility, industrial, defense, agriculture, and mining properties).    

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