STRUCTURE FIRES BY TYPE OF USE, 2009 (1)

($ millions)

Property use Estimated number of fires Percent change from 2008 Property loss (2) Percent change from 2008
Public assembly 14,500 3.6% $757 46.1%
Educational 5,500 -8.3 83 25.8
Institutional 5,500 -15.4 32 45.5
Residential 377,000 -6.5 7,796 -8.8
     1 and 2 family dwellings (3) 272,500 -6.4 6,391 -7.3
     Apartments 90,000 -5.8 1,225 -9.3
     Other (4) 14,500 -12.1 180 -41.4
Stores and offices 16,500 -19.5 713 4.2
Industry, utility, defense (5) 9,500 -5.0 572 -59.2 (6)
Storage in structures 29,500 -1.7 791 19.7
Special structures 22,500 -10.0 98 -78.9
Total 480,500 -6.7% $10,842 -12.3%

(1) Estimates based on data reported by fire departments responding to the 2009 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) Percent change reflects three industrial property incidents that resulted in $775 million in property damage in 2008.

Source: National Fire Protection Association.