"Of the nearly 1.7 million estimated fires reported annually to fire departments in 2002, an estimated 3,300 claimed the lives of 3,380 civilians. These fatal fires also injured 1,100 civilians and caused more than $159 million in property damage.Of the fatal fires reported in 2002, 86% involved a single fatality, and 10% involved two fatalities. The remaining 4% of fatal fires involved between three and eight fatalities. This report summarizes some of the major characteristics of these fatal fires, with an emphasis on fatal fires in residential structures."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (April 2005), v.5 no.1