"From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 5,700 grill fires on residential properties occurred annually in the United States. These fires resulted in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year. This report addresses the characteristics of grill fires on residential properties reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) between 2006 and 2008. Grill fires on residential properties are defined as fires where a grill, hibachi, or barbecue is the principal equipment involved in ignition and the property use is residential. Of these fires, 45 percent are residential structure fires, 47 percent are outside fires, and 8 percent are other, unspecified fires."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (May 2010), v.11 no.1