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Fire Fatality Stats
The Center for Campus Fire Safety – Fire Fatality Data 

(updated 2/9/2017)

 
From January 2000 to present
 

91 fatal fires have been documented that occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing within 3-miles of the campus – claiming a total of 128 victims:

• 78 fires have occurred in off-campus housing claiming 109 victims
• 7 fires have occurred in on-campus building or residence halls claiming 9 victims
• 6 fires have occurred in Greek housing claiming 10 victims


Of the 91 fires documented:


• 14 were intentionally set claiming 22 victims
• 38 were accidental – includes cooking, candles, smoking or electrical claiming 51 victims
• 39 of the fires the cause was never determined – or the cause was not available at press time. These fires claimed 55 victims.
 
 

Fire Fatality Statistics - Year 2000 to Present

The Center for Campus Fire Safety has been collecting Fire Fatality Statistics since Year 2000.

The Center for Campus Fire Safety provides basic information about fire fatalities that occurred on a university or college campus, or that occurred within the town where the campus is located. 

This data is collected from news sources from around the country and the accuracy of the reported data cannot be guaranteed. There are likely more fire fatalities that have occurred that were not reported as a campus fire. As more fires occur and more information is received about previous incidents, the Fire Fatality Data will be updated. Once fire data is received it is reviewed to determine if the victim matches the criteria as defined by The Center as a campus related fire.

This definition is as follows:

On-Campus Fire Death:
Any fire death occurring on a college or university campus. This includes academic, faculty, laboratories, physical plant, residence halls and family housing. Any person that has died in a fire located on the campus, or within 30-days of the fire is classified as an on-campus fire fatality.

Off-Campus Fire Death:
Any person 18 to 25 years of age enrolled as a student at an institution of higher learning and died in a residential dwelling unit fire that is located 3-miles or less from a  campus. This includes a rented house, duplex, apartment, rooming house or privately owned residence hall that was not the student’s permanent (family) residence.

Greek Fire Death:
Any person that died in a fire in a fraternity or sorority house.

Those not considered a campus related fire victims: Suicide victims by fire, family members visiting or living with the student, non-students that live with students in off-campus housing, former students, students living with a spouse or their children in a permanent residence.

USFA Stats

This is a report issued by the
United States Fire Administration (USFA)


Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings
(2000-2015) Executive Summary


The goal of this report is to reveal the factors that are leading to the
unnecessary fire deaths of college students. This study provides
comprehensive information about campus fire fatalities to college and
university fire and safety officials along with the local fire and
emergency service organizations that serve these institutions so
they can better plan to reduce and prevent injuries and deaths on
college campuses in the future.

This report examines data from fatal campus fires and the fatalities
that resulted from these fires, beginning with the horrific fire that took
place in January 2000 at a Seton Hall University dormitory, where
three students and 67 others were injured, through May 2015.

During the last 16 academic years from 2000 through 2015, there
have been 85 fatal fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and
off-campus housing, resulting in 118 fatalities — an average of
approximately seven per school year. An astonishing 94 percent
of fatal campus fires examined took place in off-campus housing.

Smoke alarms were either missing or had been tampered with
(disconnected or battery removed) in 58 percent of fatal campus fires.

Fire sprinklers were not present in any of the 85 fatal campus fires.

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