"An estimated 720 adults aged 65 or older were killed in residential fires in 2002.These deaths accounted for nearly 27% of all residential fire deaths that year. An additional 1,600 older adults were injured in residential fires- 11% of residential fire injuries in 2002. Coupled with an increasing older population, these statistics indicate a problem of growing concern to the fire service."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (June 2005), v.5 no.3