Dwelling Fire Deaths Up
Fire killed approximately 12,200 people in the United States during 1971, according to preliminary estimates by the National Fire Protection Association. This is the same number of fatalities experienced the previous year. However, deaths in dwelling fires in 1971 rose by 100, to a total of 6600.
Property destroyed by fire during the past year totaled $2,845 billion, an increase of approximately $215 million over 1970. Of the property loss total, $2,335 billion represents damage to building and contents. Nonbuilding fires—those involving aircraft, ships, motor vehicles and similar equipment, as well as forests—cost about $510 million.