In 2013, U.S fire departments responded to 1,240,000 reported fires, or 9.8 percent fewer than they did in 2012. This is the fewest reported fires since 1977, when NFPA began using its current survey methodology.
Of these fires, an estimated 487,500 were structure fires, 387,000 of which were residential fires, an increase of 1.6 percent from the year before. There were also 100,500 nonresidential structure fires in 2013, or 1 percent more than the previous year. In addition, there were 564,500 outside fires, an estimated 164,000 highway vehicle fires, and 24,000 fires in other vehicles.
All these fires resulted in an estimated 3,240 civilian deaths, an increase of 13.5 percent from the year before. Three hundred twenty-five people died in apartment fires, and another 2,430 died in one- and two- family homes. There were also an estimated 15,925 civilian fire injuries in 2013.
For more information on the fires of 2013 and the destruction they caused, read Michael Karter's article "Fire Loss in the United States During 2013" in the September/October 2014 issue of NFPA Journal or check out the complete report online.
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