"Each year, the fire service responds to an estimated 6,500 grill fires. These fires account for 150 civilian injuries, less than 5 civilian deaths, and $27.6 million in property loss (Figure 1). Together, these three areas account for two-thirds of all residential grill fires. Of these grill fires, 71% occur in residential areas. In residential areas, 63% of grill fires occur outside the structure, while 32% percent are coded as 'structure fires.' This report examines the characteristics of all grill fires, with specific focus on outdoor grill fires occurring in residential areas-the most common type of grill fire." This paper was revised March 2002.
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United States Fire Administration Topical Fire Research Series (July 2001), v.2 no.3