"Fires that affect our homes are often the most tragic and the most preventable. While the loss of our possessions can be upsetting, the physical and psychological injuries fires inflict are often far more devastating. It is a sad fact, but nearly three-quarters (72%) of all civilian fire injuries occur as a result of fires in residential buildings--our homes. This Topical Fire Report focuses on the characteristics of these injuries. Civilian fire injuries, by definition, involve people who are injured as a result of a fire. These injuries generally occur from activities of fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. In 2005, someone was injured in a residential building fire every 39 minutes. The latest available data for 2005 show that an estimated 13,375 civilian fire injuries resulted from an estimated 376,500 residential building fires."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (March 2008), v.8 no.3