Public fire departments responded to 1,298,000 fires in 2014, a 4.7 percent increase from the previous year.
Of these, 494,000 fires occurred in structures, a slight increase of 1.3 percent.
Of the structure fires that occurred in 2014, 367,500, or 74 percent, occurred in home structures, which include one- and two-family homes, manufactured homes, and apartments. This was a slight decrease of 0.5 percent.
There were also 167,500 fires in highway-type vehicles, an increase of 2.1 percent from the previous year.
The 610,500 fires that occurred in the category of outside and other properties represented a significant increase of 8.1 percent.
Every 24 seconds, a U.S. fire department responded to a fire somewhere in the nation. A fire occurred in a structure every 64 seconds, and a home fire occurred every 86 seconds. Fires occurred in highway vehicles at the rate of one every 188 seconds, and an outside-and-other-property fire occurred every 52 seconds.
Civilian Fire Deaths
In 2014, 3,275 civilians died in fires,an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous year.
Of these, 2,745, or 84 percent of all fire deaths, occurred in the home, a decrease of 10 deaths from 2013.
Another 310 civilians died in highway vehicle fires, representing 9.5 percent of all fire deaths.
Nationwide, a civilian died in a fire every 2 hours and 41 minutes, and a civilian died in a home fire every 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Civilian Fire Injuries
Last year, 15,775 civilian fire injuries occurred, a decrease of 0.9 percent from the previous year. Many civilian injuries are not reported to the fire service, and the estimate for civilian injuries may be low.
Of these, 13,425, or 85 percent of all civilian injuries, occurred in structure fires.
Home fires were responsible for 11,825 civilian injuries, or 75 percent of all civilian injuries in 2014.
Another 1,275 civilian injuries, or 8 percent of all civilian injuries, occurred in highway vehicle fires.
Nationwide, there was a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes, and a civilian fire injury in a home fire every 44 minutes.
An estimated $11.6 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2014, an increase of 0.7 percent from the previous year.
Of this, $9.8 billion occurred in structure fires, including $6.8 billion in property loss in home fires.
Highway vehicle fires resulted in $1.1 billion in property loss last year.
Intentionally Set Fires
An estimated 19,000 fires were intentionally set in 2014, excluding fires of unknown cause, a decrease of 15.6 percent from the year before.
Intentionally set fires in structures also resulted in 157 civilian deaths, an increase of 4.7 percent from the previous year.
In addition, intentionally set structure fires resulted in $613 million in property loss, an increase of 6.2 percent from 2013.
There were 8,000 intentionally set vehicle fires, a decrease of 23.8 percent from the previous year. These fires resulted in $116 million in property damage, an increase of 34.9 percent from year before.
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