USFA releases updated report on vacant home fires
News and Announcements - January 3, 2018
This report looks at the characteristics of fires in vacant homes from 2013 to 2015.
Each year, an estimated 23,800 vacant residential building fires were reported to U.S. fire departments and caused 75 deaths, 200
injuries and $785 million in property loss.
A major concern when a vacant building catches on fire is that little is known about the building's overall condition. Many buildings
are in disrepair and can be missing certain structures, such as staircases or portions of floors. If people use the vacant building as a home or shelter,
the unknown condition of the building and the unknown number of people in the building can put firefighters' lives in danger
when they enter to attempt a rescue during a fire.
Learn more about vacant home fires from our free report,
"Vacant Residential Building Fires (2013-2015)."