"A major difference in the multifamily residential building fire profile is seen in cooking fires. Cooking is the cause of 65 percent of multifamily residential building fires-twice that of other residential buildings. Multifamily residential buildings also tend to have central heating systems that are maintained by professionals and not the homeowner, thus there are fewer heating fires from poor maintenance or misuse than in one- and two-family homes. As well, fire problems related to fireplaces, chimneys, and fireplace-related equipment tend to occur less often in multifamily heating fires since multifamily residential buildings generally lack these features. Finally, multifamily residential buildings usu¬ally have fewer fires caused by electrical problems due to the construction materials, building codes, and professional maintenance. As part of a series of Topical Reports that addresses fires in the major residential building types, the remainder of this topical report addresses the characteristics of multifamily residential building fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The focus is on fires reported from 2005 to 2007, the most recent data available TFRS Volume 10, Issue 6/Multifamily Residential Building Fires."
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Topical Fire Report Series (May 2010), v.10 no.6