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Structure Fires in Schools

Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Schools"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: September 2020


Report highlights

  • In 2014–2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,230 structure fires in schools each year.
  • These fires caused annual averages of one civilian death, 39 civilian injuries, and $37 million in direct property damage.
  • Fires that were intentionally set were the leading cause of school fires, accounting for almost two of every five fires.
  • School fires most often originated in a lavatory or locker room.
  • Two-thirds of school fires occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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