Fire Statistics

The Overall Fire Picture – 2009

  • There were 3,010 civilians that lost their lives as the result of fire.
  • There were 17,050 civilian injuries that occurred as the result of fire.
  • There were 90 firefighters killed while on duty.
  • Fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
  • 86 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences.
  • There were an estimated 1.3 million fires in 2009.
  • Direct property loss due to fires was estimated at $12.5 billion.
  • An estimated 26,500 intentionally set structure fires resulted in 170 civilian deaths.
  • Intentionally set structure fires resulted in an estimated $684 million in property damage.

Source: National Fire Protection Association Fire Loss in the U.S. 2009 and USFA’s Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2009.