1.35 million fires in the US in 2021 caused 3 800 civilian fire deaths, 14 700 injuries and 16 bn. US$ property damage. This covers only fires to which fire services responded. The US NFPA (National Association for Fire Protection) “Fire Loss” 2021 report notes that this is one fire every 23 seconds, and a fire death every three hours. The total number of fires was 55% lower than in 1980 and inflation adjusted property damage was 20% lower, despite increases in population. However, the death rate per reported home fire was higher in 2021 than in 1980. NFPA underline that most of the reduction in the number of fires and in fire losses occurred more than a decade ago and that there is still much to do to reduce fire impacts, especially for home fires.
“Fire Loss in the United States During 2021”, S. Hall & B. Evarts, US NFPA, September 2022, 12 pages https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/US-Fire-Problem/osFireLoss.pdf