Top 10 Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires, 2016 (1)
Rank (2) Month State Type of facility Deaths
1 December  California Ghost Ship warehouse 36
2 July Texas Hot-air balloon crash/fire 16
3 November Tennessee Wildfire 14
4 August Tennessee Single-family home 10
5 August Maryland 13-unit apartment building, explosion/fire 7
6 March Georgia Single-family home 6
6 May New York Single-family home 6
6 October Nebraska Single-family home 6
6 October Georgia Single-family home 6
10 January Alabama Single-family home 5
10 January Illinois Single-family home 5
10 January Virginia Single-family home 5
10 January Michigan Single-family home 5
10 April Pennsylvania Two-family duplex home 5
10 June California Vacant office buildings 5
(1) Fires that kill five or more people in residential property, or three or more people in nonhome or nonstructural property. (2) Fires with the same number of deaths receive the same rank. Source: Based on data from Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2016 by Stephen G. Badger, ©National Fire Protection Association. Used with permission. www.nfpa.org.