Multifamily Housing Fire Statistics

According to the National Fire Prevention Association 2020 Fire Structure Report:

  • 77% of apartment or multi-family housing fires start in the kitchen
  • 47% of kitchen fires are caused by forgotten or unattended cooking
  • 88% of student housing fires starting in the kitchen

Risk to Property

  • For multifamily housing the water from a sprinkler activation can cause water damage to an additional 7 to 11 residences depending on which floor the activation occurs in a multi-story building. Damage claims often exceed $200,000
  • Claim damage is 400% higher from cooking fires than the next most expensive claim type in single family rentals.
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