NFPA Journal discusses the catastrophic multiple-death fires of 2012

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 16, 2013

FCD68B7F723B4BB7B44D0A4F6816DF63In 2012, U.S. firefighters responded  to an estimated 1.375 million fires, 17 of which were categorized as  multiple-death fires, defined here as fires or explosions in homes or  apartments that result in five or more fire-related deaths, or as fires  or explosions in all other structures and outside of structures, such as  wildfires and vehicle fires, that claim three or more lives. These 17 fires killed 82 people, 16 of whom were children under age  six. By comparison, there were  24 catastrophic multiple-death fires in 2011, resulting in the deaths  of 117 people, 16 of whom were children under age six.

For more information, read Stephen Badger's article "Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2012" in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal. You can also download the full report.