THE TEN MOST CATASTROPHIC MULTIPLE-DEATH FIRES OF 2010 (1)
Rank Month State Type of facility Deaths
1 April West Virginia Coal mine 29
2 September California Natural gas leak explosion and fire 8
3 December Louisiana Vacant warehouse used by homeless 8
4 February Illinois Four-unit apartment building 7
5 April Washington Refinery explosion and fire 7
6 February Connecticut Construction site explosion 6
7 April Minnesota Apartment building 6
8 June New York Single-family home 6
9 August Oklahoma Single-family home 6
10 December Maryland Single-family home 6

(1) Fires that kill five or more people in home property, or three or more people in nonhome or nonstructural property.

Source: National Fire Protection Association.