Investigations

The Investigations section is a collection of firefighter injury and fatality investigations from structural, wildland, and training incidents. These investigations, used in conjunction with the research, should be used to learn from tragedy in an effort to avoid similar losses in the future.

Recent Reports

Nonresidential Building Fires

Project Date: July 2018
The US Fire Administration has compiled a study of nonresidential building fires in the United States from 2014 to 2016. The report includes data detailing information such as the causes of fires, time of fires, fire spread, and fatalities. There…
On October 12, 2015, two Kansas City firefighters lost their lives in a structural collapse at a three-story commercial building fire. The first units on scene reported a working fire with heavy smoke showing on all floors. Several rescues were…
On July 5, 2014, an FDNY fire officer lost his life when he was operating in an apartment fire and was overcome by rapidly changing fire conditions. The fire officer and crew arrived on scene and reported fire visible from…
On October 12, 2015, a fire apparatus operator and a firefighter with the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department (KCFD) lost their lives and several others were injured when a wall collapsed at a three-story commercial structure fire. The first arriving…
On May 9, 2008, three firefighters lost their lives in a shipyard in de Punt, the Netherlands due to a sudden fire spread. The fire took place in a large commercial shed used for boat storage and maintenance. It started…
On March 26, 2014, a lieutenant and a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department lost their lives and 13 additional firefighters were injured when fire conditions deteriorated rapidly in a four story Brownstone. The first crew arrived to find smoke…
On February 24, 2012, seven firefighters sustained injuries, including two serious injuries, when fire conditions rapidly changed, placing the crews in the flow path of the fire. The crews arrived at the residential fire and noticed flames extending from the…