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Structure Fires in U.S. Warehouses

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



Report highlights 

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 1,210 fires in warehouse properties per year (excluding refrigerated or cold storage), which represents less than 1% of all structure fires.
  • These fires caused an annual average of $155 million in direct property damage, three civilian deaths, and 19 civilian injuries.
  • Fires that were intentionally set and fires caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment were the leading causes of warehouse fires, each with 18% of the total.
  • Flammable and combustible liquids and gases, piping and filter were the item first ignited in 6% of fires, but these fires caused 31% of civilian injuries and 12% of direct property damage.
  • Approximately one-quarter of fires in warehouses were identified as confined or contained incidents (23%), while 14% were confined to the object of origin.


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