"Retail sales of candles are growing each year. The National Candle Association estimates that sales exceeded $2.3 billion in 2000. Nearly 2,000 varieties of candles are on the market, ranging from those used for religious purposes to those used for holiday dec-orations. Candles are responsible for approximately 9,400 residential structure fires each year and cause 950 civilian injuries, 90 fatalities, and $120.5 million in direct property loss. This paper examines the causes and characteristics of these candle fires."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (February 2001 (Rev. December 2001)), v.1 no.12