NFPA: Large-loss fires grew by more than 54 percent in 2007

In 2007, there were 25 more large-loss (property damage of at least $5 million) fires than in 2006, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report Large-Loss Fires in the United States 2007. This represents an increase of more than 54 percent (71 fires in 2007 vs. 46 fires in 2006).Among other key findings noted in the report are the following: Large-loss fires killed 19 civilians and injured 168 firefighters and 67 civilians. These fires resulted in $3.5 billion in direct property loss in 2007; total fire property loss for 2007 was $14.6 billion. Most of the increase in dollar loss in 2007 resulted from the Southern California Firestorm. This fire was one of 20 fires...

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