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Fire in the United States

In 2017, there were 1,319,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,400 civilian deaths, 14,670 civilian injuries, and $23 billion in property damage (dollar loss includes $10 billion loss in wildfires in Northern California).

  • 475,500 were structure fires, causing 2,950 civilian deaths, 12,775 civilian injuries, and $7.9 billion in property damage.
  • 173,000 were vehicle fires, causing 280 civilian fire deaths, 1,075 civilian fire injuries, and $933 million in property damage.
  • 662,500 were outside and other fires, causing 85 civilian fire deaths, 650 civilian fire injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.

 

  • In 2017, a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds.
  • One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.
  • One home structure fire was reported every 88 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 36 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 34 minutes.
  • One outside and other fire was reported every 51 seconds.
  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 8 seconds.

 

In This Section
  • Overall fire problem Fire loss; trends and patterns of fire losses; unintentional fire death rates by state; total cost of fire; and more.
  • Multiple-death fires Catastrophic fires, tables of the deadliest fires
  • Large property loss Large-loss fires in the U.S.; largest fire losses in U.S. history