"Historically, the fire death rate in the U.S. has been higher than most of the industrialized world. While the U.S. still has one of the highest fire death rates (9.6 deaths per million population) in the industrialized world today, its standing has greatly improved. Falling from among the top three nations in terms of the fire death rate two decades ago, the U.S. now has the 13th highest fire death rate per million people. Nevertheless, civilian fire fatalities are still high. From 2009 to 2011, an estimated 3,045 civilian fire deaths were reported to fire departments across the country each year. An estimated 1,600 fatal fires in residential buildings occurred annually in recent years (2009 to 2011). These fires resulted in an annual average of approximately 2,495 deaths, 625 injuries and $188 million in property loss. This report is one of a continuing series of topical reports issued by the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Data Center and addresses the characteristics of fatal fires in residential buildings reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System from 2009 to 2011, the most recent data available at the time of the analysis."
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Topical Fire Report Series (May 2013), v.14 no.3