"Each year from 1996 to 1998, an average of 1,300 churches reported a fire. These fires were responsible for an estimated $38 million in property loss, less than 5 civilian deaths, and nearly 25 injuries annually." This paper examines the trends and factors related church fires. This paper was revised March 2002.
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United States Fire Administration Topical Fire Research Series (August 2001), v.2 no.7