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Fires in Dormitory-Type Properties

Report: NFPA's "Fires in Dormitory-Type Properties"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: September 2021

Report highlights

  • In 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. 
  • These fires caused annual averages of 29 civilian injuries, and $11 million in direct property damage.  There was an average of fewer than two civilian fatalities a year over the five-year period.  
  • Approximately three out of four fires in these properties began in the kitchen or cooking area. Cooking equipment was involved in nearly nine out of 10 fires. 
  • Saturday and Sunday were the peak days for these fires. However, fires occurring on weekdays generally accounted for larger shares of injuries.
  • The peak time of day for fires in dormitory-type properties was between 4 p.m. and midnight when over half of the fires occurred.
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