"Each year between 1996 and 1998, there were an estimated 15,500 highrise structure fires in the United States. From data reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), these fires were responsible for 930 civilian injuries, 60 civilian fatalities, and nearly $252.3 million in property loss annually. In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, highrise fires and highrise firefighting tactics have assumed a more prominent role in the consciousness of the U.S. fire service and American society as a whole. This report briefly examines the causes and characteristics of highrise fires and the challenges inherent in controlling them."
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Topical Fire Report Series (January 2002), v.2 no.18