US fire departments responded to an estimated 1,375,000 fires in 2012, which resulted in 2,855 civilian fire fatalities, 16,500 civilian fire injuries, and an estimated $12,427,000,000 in direct property loss.
Number of fires
• 1,375,500 fires were responded to by public fire departments, a slight decrease of 1.0% from the year before.
• 480,500 fires occurred in structures, a very slight decrease of 0.8%.
• 365,000 fires or 76% of all structure fires occurred in home structures (1- and 2- family homes and apartments) a very slight decrease of 1.3%.
• 172,500 fires occurred in highway vehicles, a decrease of 8.0% from the year before.
• 692,000 fires occurred in outside properties, a slight increase of 0.9%.
Civilian fire deaths
• 2,855 civilian fire deaths occurred in 2012, a decrease of 5.0%.
• 2,380 civilian fire deaths occurred in the home or 83% of all fire deaths, a decrease of 5.6%.
• 300 civilians died in highway vehicle fires.
Civilian fire injuries
• 16,500 civilian fire injuries occurred in 2012, a decrease of 5.7%. This estimate for civilian injuries is on the low side, because many civilian injuries are not reported to the fire service.
• 12,875 of all civilian injuries occurred in home fires.
• 800 civilians were injured in vehicle fires.
• An estimated $12.4 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2012, an increase of 6.6% from last year.
• $9.8 billion of property damage occurred in structure fires.
• $7.0 billion of property loss occurred in home fires.
• $1.1 billion of property loss occurred in highway vehicle fires.
Intentionally set fires
• An estimated 26,000 intentionally set (not including any allocation of fires with unknown cause), a decrease of 1.9%.
• Intentionally set fires in structures resulted in 180 civilian deaths, a decrease of 5.3%.
• Intentionally set structure fires also resulted in $581,000,000 in property loss, a decrease of 3.3%.
• 12,500 intentionally set vehicle fires occurred, a decrease of 3.9% from a year ago, and caused $480,000,000 in property damage, a highly significant increase of 445% from a year ago. This increase is mostly due to the intentionally set fire to the USS Miami (submarine) which was in for repairs and resulted in an estimated $400,000,000 in property damage.
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