In 201 fatalities analyzed by The Kansas City Star 157 firefighters died in unoccupied buildings.
“We allow the same events to occur year after year that lead to firefighter fatalities.”— Austin, Texas, fire captain
In The Star's analysis, only11 died while trying to rescue civilians trapped in a burning structure.
“We know what kills firefighters in fires, and we know how to prevent it. But we keep having firefighters die.”— former president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
The Star's analysis found common factors in firefighter deaths.