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Rural and Non-Rural Civilian Residential Fire Fatalities in Twelve States.



A Gomberg, L P. Clark


The results of an analysis of fire causal factors in over 1600 fire fatalities are presented. The primary emphasis is on the identification of fire causes leading to demonstrated high fatality rates in rural areas. It was found that the most signifiant rural fire fatality cause was heating equiment, with improper installation and misuse of solid fueled heating equipment predominating. Other fire causes making significant contributions to high rural fatality rates were also investigated and documented. Additional data are currently being collected to enable further evaluation of rural fire problems.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


fire fatalities, fire statistics, buidling fires, residential buildings, fire data, heating euipment, rural fires


Gomberg, A. and Clark, L. (1982), Rural and Non-Rural Civilian Residential Fire Fatalities in Twelve States., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created June 1, 1982, Updated February 19, 2017