One fire death every 143 minutes

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, October 1, 2006

QUINCY, Mass.--The National Fire Protection Association released a study in August which estimated that 3675 died in fires in the United States in 2005, which equals one fire death every 143 minutes. The number of fires increased 3.3 percent over 2004 and the number of deaths decreased by 5.8 percent compared to the 2005, the lowest fire death toll since NFPA began compiling statistics in 1977.
Home fires accounted for 82 percent of the deaths, and continue to be the number one cause of fire deaths.