Nonresidential Building Fires   [open pdf - 11MB]

"According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates for 2006, there were 111,500 nonresidential structure fires. These fires resulted in 85 deaths, 1,425 injuries, and $2.6 billion in direct dollar loss. Although nonresidential structure fires represent only 7 percent of all reported fires and account for just 3 percent of fire deaths and 9 percent of fire injuries, they account for 23 percent of the dollar losses from fire nationwide. Residential fires account for the majority of injuries and deaths and outdoor fires account for the majority of fires. Nonresidential fires, by contrast, tend to be the most costly fires per incident. Analyses of the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data on the nonresidential structure fire problem were formerly published as a chapter in each edition of Fire in the United States. In this report, as in previous editions of Fire in the United States, an attempt has been made to keep the data presentation and analysis as straightforward as possible. It is also the desire of the United States Fire Administration (USFA) to make the report widely accessible to many different users, so it avoids unnecessarily complex methodology. Because it takes over a year to collect data from all participating States and a year to verify the collected data, this analysis, largely undertaken in 2008, used the latest full year of data available at the time, 2006."

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