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378. Fires -- Number and Loss, by Type and Property Use

[Based on annual sample survey of fire departments. No adjustments were made made for unreported fires and losses. Property loss includes direct property loss only]

 
Type
and 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Property use
 
NUMBER (1,000)
    Fires, total. 2,988 2,893 2,538 2,327 2,343 2,371 2,271 2,330 2,437 2,115 2,019 2,041 1,965 1,953 2,054 1,966 1,975 1,795 1,755
Structure. 1,065 1,027 946 869 848 860 800 758 745 688 624 640 638 621 614 574 578 552 517
Outside of structure 1 87 81 54 49 45 51 50 55 63 55 52 54 50 52 66 61 63 57 62
Brush and rubbish 1,115 1,052 832 756 790 832 795 862 1,009 819 787 806 743 732 795 778 766 662 653
Vehicle.. 472 466 443 447 455 456 456 471 478 435 436 428 405 421 422 406 414 397 381
Other. 249 267 263 206 205 172 170 184 142 118 120 113 129 127 157 147 154 127 142
 
Structure by property use:
  Public assembly 29 28 28 25 24 24 23 21 20 18 17 16 17 16 17 15 16 15 16
  Educational. 20 20 17 11 12 13 12 11 10 9 9 9 10 9 9 9 9 8 8
  Institutional. 28 27 29 23 22 23 22 19 14 12 11 12 12 10 11 9 8 8 9
  Stores and offices 62 65 56 50 49 49 45 45 38 35 31 33 33 29 30 29 27 27 25
  Residential.. 758 733 676 642 623 622 581 552 552 513 467 478 472 470 451 426 428 407 381
    1-2 family units 2 591 574 538 524 506 502 468 433 432 402 359 363 358 358 341 320 324 303 283
    Apartments 143 137 117 102 99 104 97 104 106 96 95 102 101 100 97 94 93 93 86
    Other residential 3. 24 22 21 16 18 16 16 15 15 13 13 13 13 12 13 12 11 11 12
  Storage 4 65 62 54 48 48 52 46 48 50 44 40 44 42 39 43 39 41 36 36
  Industry, utility, defense 4 55 49 42 36 35 36 34 28 27 25 22 19 19 19 19 18 18 17 16
  Special structures 48 43 44 34 35 41 37 34 34 32 27 29 33 29 34 29 31 34 26
 
PROPERTY LOSS (mil. dol.)
 
    Fires, total 6,254 6,676 6,432 6,598 6,707 7,324 6,709 7,159 8,352 8,655 7,818 9,467 8,295 8,546 8,151 8,918 9,406 8,525 8,629
Structure.. 5,454 5,976 5,731 5,826 5,891 6,437 5,837 6,226 7,188 7,518 6,713 8,320 6,957 7,406 6,867 7,620 7,933 7,087 6,717
Outside of structure 1 61 61 52 35 29 63 56 64 185 132 90 55 318 63 120 77 91 99 12 497
Brush and rubbish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vehicle.. 685 594 591 694 749 792 783 842 941 963 967 1,049 965 1,030 1,111 1,152 1,333 1,269 1,337
Other 54 45 58 43 38 32 33 27 38 42 48 43 55 47 53 69 49 70 78
 
Structure by property use:
  Public assembly 326 356 381 354 336 462 356 300 297 286 317 362 361 298 334 336 330 327 354
  Educational 101 184 161 103 122 114 123 96 112 116 136 58 68 64 91 84 65 58 84
  Institutional 25 38 17 14 18 17 18 141 23 43 33 28 35 30 20 31 24 25 23
  Stores and offices 645 642 510 686 654 654 661 632 754 703 603 5 931 6 1,105 741 598 7 681 665 612 462
  Residential 3,042 3,259 3,253 3,306 3,440 3,774 3,556 3,699 4,020 3,998 4,253 8 5,552 3,880 4,843 4,317 4,363 4,962 4,585 4,391
    1-2 family units 2 2,447 2,713 2,794 2,792 2,945 3,217 2,992 3,078 3,349 3,335 3,534 3,354 3,178 9 4,111 3,537 3,615 4,121 3,735 3,642
    Apartments 401 415 353 413 417 476 472 521 548 541 623 609 597 653 678 649 748 718 631
    Other residential 3 194 131 106 101 78 81 92 100 268 122 96 89 105 79 102 99 93 132 118
  Storage.. 512 616 584 473 536 683 450 633 735 673 534 594 734 651 568 710 949 577 687
  Industry, utility, defense4. 672 775 663 763 631 572 536 596 1,079 1,406 623 605 597 623 758 10 1,248 11 733 723 496
  Special structures 131 106 162 127 154 161 137 129 168 293 214 190 177 156 181 167 205 180 220



1 Includes outside storage, crops, timber, etc.
2 Includes mobile homes.
3 Includes hotels and motels, college dormitories, boarding houses, etc.
4 Data underreported as some incidents were handled by private fire brigades or fixed suppression systems which do not report.
5 Includes one large store and office fire totaling $325 million in 1991.
6 Includes estimated loss of $567 involving 862 structures from the April 1992 civil disturbance in Los Angeles, CA.
7 Includes an estimated $135 million in property loss that occurred in the explosion and fire in the federal office building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
8 Includes the Oakland, CA fire which resulted in $1.5 billion in residential damage. Categories below do not include breakdowns from that fire.
9 Reflects wildfires that occurred in southern California in 1993 that resulted in $809 million in property damage.
10 Includes estimated losses of $500 million in an industrial complex fire in Massachusetts and $200 million in a manufacturing plant in Georgia in 1995.
11 Includes $280 million in property in a storage property fire in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1996.
12 Includes $390 million loss in timber from Florida wildfires.

Source: National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, "1998 U.S. Fire Loss," NFPA Journal, September 1999 and prior issues, (copyright 1999).

http://www.nfpa.org/



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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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