U.S. home structure fires In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
* 92 percent of all civilian structure fire deaths resulted from home structure fires.
* Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
* Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires (42 percent) and civilian home fire injuries (38 percent).
* Only 4 percent of home fires started in the living room, family room or den; these fires caused 24 percent of home fire deaths.
* Seven percent of reported home fires started in the bedroom. These fires caused 25 percent of home fire deaths, 20 percent of home fire injuries, and 14 percent of the direct property damage.
* Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
* Home structure fires peak around dinner hours between 5 and 8 p.m.
* Three out of five reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarm present (37 percent), or at least one was present but none operated (23 percent).
* Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people. These 12 fires resulted in 67 deaths.
Homes are dwellings, duplexes, manufactured homes, apartments, townhouses and rowhouses.