Suspicious Origin Tops Smoking as Fire Cause

February 2005
Fire Chief;Feb2005, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p13
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The article focuses on the data collected by the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) which reflects a change in the leading cause of residential structure fire civilian fatalities in the U.S. The 1,029 fires reported to NFIRS in 2002 put incendiary/ suspicious as the top cause of residential structure fire civilian fatalities by a narrow margin over smoking. During the 10-year period from 1992 to 2001, smoking was the leading cause of residential structure fire fatalities every year, except for 2000 when incendiary/suspicious led.


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