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1 Direct property loss only..
2 Includes other not shown separately.
3 Includes estimated loss of $567 million from the April 1992 civil disturbance in Los Angeles, CA.
4 Includes fire losses that occurred during the wildfires in California and the World Trade Center bombing in New York city, which resulted in combined estimated losses of $1.039 billion.
5 Includes $135 in property loss that occurred in the explosion and fire in the federal office building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
Source: National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, "1998 U.S. Fire Loss", NFPA Journal, September 1999, and prior issues, (copyright 1999).
Civilian: a civilian is anyone who isn't a firefighter, including public service personnel, such as police officers; civil defense staff; nonfire service medical personnel; and utility company employees.
Death: To be covered in this survey, death must be the result of an injury that occreed as a direct result of a fire that becomes fatal within one year.
Fire: A fire is any instance of uncontrolled burning, including combustion explosions and fires that are out when the fire department arrives. For the purposes of the survey, the following are excluded: authorized and unauthorized controlled burning, overpressure ruptures without combustion, mutual-aid responses, smoke scares, and hazardous responses such as oil spills.
Incendiary: A legal decision or physical evidence that indicates that a fire was deliberately set.
Injury: An injury is any physical damage a person suffers as a direct result of fire that requires, or should require, treatment by a medical practitioner within one year of the incident, regardless of whetehr treatment was actually received. It also includes physical damage that results in at least one day of restricted activity immediately after the fire. Examples of injuries include smoke inhalation, burns, wounds or punctures, fractures, heart attacks, strains and sprains.
Property damage: This includes all forms of direct loss to contents, structures, machinery, vehicles, vegetation, or anything else involved in a fire. Not covered are indirect losses, such as business interruption or tempory shelter provisions.
Structure: A structure is an assembly of materials forming a construction for occupancy or for some use that serves a specific purpose. A building is a type of structure, as are open platforms, bridges, roof assemblies over open storage or process areas, tents, air-suppported structures, and grandstands.
Suspicious: A fire is deemed suspicious when circumstances, such as multiple ignitions, indicate that it may have been deliberately set, or when no accidental or natural ignition factor could be found.
Vehicles, Highway and Other: Highway vehicles include those designed to operate normally on highways, such as cars, motorcycles, buses, trucks, and trailers. Other vehicles, which are included, are trains, boats and ships, aircraft, and farm and construction vehicles. Not included are mobile homes on foundations. Reported casualties and property loss in vehicles should be the direct result of fire only. *
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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