Structure Fires in U.S. Warehouses

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Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Warehouse Properties"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: January 2016

Overview of fire problem in warehouse structure fires, excluding cold storage properties, including trends and causal information.

Executive Summary

During the five-year period of 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 1,210 fires in warehouse properties per year (excluding refrigerated or cold storage). These fires caused an annual average of $155 million in direct property damage, three civilian deaths, and 19 civilian injuries. Nearly one-fifth of these fires were set intentionally. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 18% of fires. Electrical failure or malfunction was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of warehouse fires, as well as in contributing to direct property damage and to civilian injuries.

These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) annual fire department experience survey.  

Reported Structure Fires in U.S. Warehouses

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