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Catastrophic multiple-death fires

Report: NFPA's "Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2019"
Author: Stephen G. Badger
Issued: September 2020


Report highlights
  • Nineteen catastrophic multiple-death fires in 2019 resulted in 116 deaths.
  • The deadliest fire in 2019 was a dive-boat fire in California that killed 34 people. 
  • The deadliest structure fires in 2019 each killing six occurred; in a single-family house in Wisconsin and two apartment buildings, one in New York and one in Nevada for a total of 18 deaths with 4 being under the age of six.
  • Seven of the fires were in homes, resulting in 38 deaths, with 11 of the victims under age six.
  • Nine of the fires were in non-home structures, resulting in 32 deaths. with four of the victims under age six
  • There were three non-structure fires, all vehicles resulting in 46 deaths.
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