FEMA says 3,000 die in residential fires per year

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, May 1, 2005

WASHINGTON--A new study by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Management Agency found that more than 3,000 people die each year in fires.
According to the report, structure fires accounted for 74 percent of the 3,300 fatal fires in 2002. Of those fires, 94 percent occurred in residences and arson was the leading cause of fatal residential fires, followed closely by smoking.