"'These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context. […] As part of a series of topical reports that address fires in types of residential buildings, this report addresses the characteristics of all residential building fires, as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The focus is on fires reported from 2010 to 2012, the most recent data available at the time of the analysis. NFIRS data is used for the analyses throughout this report. For the purpose of this report, the term 'residential fires' is synonymous with 'residential building fires.' 'Residential fires' is used throughout the body of this report; the findings, tables, charts, headings and endnotes reflect the full category, 'residential building fires.'"
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Topical Fire Report Series (September 2014), v.15 no.1