STRUCTURE FIRES BY TYPE OF USE, 2008 (1)

($ millions)

Property use Estimated
number of fires
Percent change
from 2007
Property loss (2) Percent change
from 2007
Public assembly 14,000 -3.5% $518 4.0%
Educational 6,000 -7.7 66 -34.0
Institutional 6,500 -7.1 22 -46.3
Residential 403,000 -2.7 8,550 13.3
     1 and 2 family dwellings (3) 291,000 -3.2 6,892 10.7
     Apartments 95,500 -3.1 1,351 16.1
     Other (4) 16,500 10.0 307 95.5
Stores and offices 20,500 -4.7 684 5.0
Industry, utility, defense (5) 10,000 -13.0 1,401 (6) 79.9
Storage in structures 30,000 -3.2 661 -1.3
Special structures 25,000 2.0 459 26.8
Total 515,000 -2.9% $12,361 (7) 16.2%

(1) Estimates based on data reported by fire departments responding to the 2008 National Fire Experience Survey. May not include reports from all fire departments.
(2) Includes direct property loss to contents, structures, vehicles, machinery, vegetation or any other property involved in a fire. Does not include indirect losses, such as business interruption or temporary shelter costs.
(3) Includes manufactured homes.
(4) Includes hotels and motels, college dormitories, boarding houses, etc.
(5) Does not include incidents handled only by private brigades or fixed suppression systems.
(6) Includes three industrial property incidents that resulted in $775 million in property damage.
(7) Excludes losses from California wildfires in 2008, which resulted in $1.4 billion in losses.

Source: National Fire Protection Association.