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Occurrence & Consequences

On average in the United States in 2019, someone died in a fire every 190 minutes, and someone was injured every 43 minutes.

About 77% of all U.S. fire deaths in 2018 occurred in homes (most recent data).

In 2019, fire departments responded to 384,000 home fires in the United States, which claimed the lives of 3,704 people and injured another 16,600, not including firefighters.

Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns.

Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.

Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.