"From 1996 to 1998, there were an estimated annual average of 377,000 highway vehicle (automobiles, vans, trucks) fires. (Highway vehicle fires represent more than 96% of all mobile property fires.) Each year, these fires resulted in an average of approximately 515 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and $1.1 billion in property loss. This report addresses the characteristics of 1998 highway vehicle fires. Data are from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Figure 1 compares losses from vehicle fires with those of all reported fires averaged over a 3-year period (1996-98)." This paper was revised March 2002.
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United States Fire Administration Topical Fire Research Series (July 2001), v.2 no.4