There were 21 fires in the United States last year that resulted in at least $10 million in property losses, according to the recent NFPA report, “Large Loss Fires in the United States, 2013.”
The largest fire in the country in 2013 in terms of property loss was the Black Forest Fire in Colorado, which caused $420.5 million in destruction. The fire began in June outside of Colorado Springs and burned more than 14,000 acres, destroyed 489 homes, one commercial property, and 188 outbuildings. The fire also damaged an additional 31 homes and five outbuildings. Two people were killed.
The next costliest fire occurred in West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant caused about $100 million in losses.
In total, the 21 large-loss fires—defined as fires resulting in at least $10 million in property loss—caused a total of almost $845 million in direct property losses in the U.S. last year, according to the NFPA report. These 21 fires also killed nine firefighters and eight civilians, and injured another 18 firefighters and 278 civilians.
To read the full report, visit: nfpa.org/largeloss.
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