"Fires can strike anywhere -- in structures, buildings, automobiles and the outdoors. Fires that affect our homes are often the most tragic and the most preventable. It is a sad fact, but each year over 75 percent of all civilian fatalities occurred as a result of fires in residential buildings -- our homes. Between 2009 and 2011, civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings accounted for 82 percent of all fire fatalities. This topical fire report focuses on the characteristics of these fatalities. Civilian fire fatalities by definition involve people not on active duty with a firefighting organization who die as a result of a fire. These fatalities generally occur when an individual is escaping, sleeping, or is unable to act during a fire. Annually from 2009 to 2011, an estimated 2,495 civilian fire fatalities resulted from 1,600 fatal fires in residential buildings and an estimated 360,900 residential building fires. Fatal fires are those fires where one or more fatalities occur."
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (April 2013), v.14 no.2