Deadliest prison fires in the United States

Top ten deadliest prison fires in the United States

 Rank  Event  Date  Number of deaths
 1. Ohio State Penitentiary (PDF, 2 MB)
Columbus, Ohio

April 21, 1930

320

 2. Maury County Jail (PDF, 6 MB)
Columbia, Tennessee
June 26, 1977

42

 3. Harrison County Jail (PDF, 6 MB)
Biloxi, Mississippi
November 8, 1982

29

 4a. Seminole County Jail (PDF, 3 MB)
Sanford, Florida
June 9, 1975

11

 4b. Prison
Goldsboro, North Carolina
March 7, 1931

11

 4c. Lancaster County Jail (PDF, 2 MB)
Lancaster, South Carolina
December 17, 1979

11

 7. McDowell County Prison
Marion, North Carolina
June 30, 1976

9

 8. Mitchell County Jail
Bakersville, North Carolina
May 3, 2002

8

 9. Hudson County Jail
Jersey City, New Jersey
April 14, 1982

7

 10a. Mason County Jail
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
March 2, 1976

5

 10b. Federal Correctional Institute (PDF, 2 MB)
Danbury, Connecticut
July 7, 1977

5

Disclaimer: Death tolls are based on information in NFPA’s records. Please contact us at osds@nfpa.org to provide any updated information.    

Source: NFPA’s Fire Incident Data Organization and archive records.

Updated 1/10

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