Structure fire relates to the effects of a fire on various types of construction, such as buildings, apartments, small homes, and shopping centers. There are a few very important consideration which need to be kept in mind in case of any structure fire situation. The first and foremost thing is to save the lives of the seriously injured people and provide them emergency treatment as early as possible. Next, speed in dealing with the fire is imperative in order to minimize the loss of construction.
In general,there are a number of different structures that have various susceptibility levels for a structure fire to occur. One of them is non combustible construction which uses materials such as steel and iron. The other commonly used construction is the basic brick and mortar construction, having mixed materials.
Wooden made buildings are more prone to a structure fire than the other construction types. It is possible to coat the building with a fire retardant that reduces the risk for fire or greatly slows the fire spreading process. These buildings also typically have sprinklers.
Fires in the United States
In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. 487,500 were structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage
The 2013 U.S. fire loss clock reports a fire department responded to a fire every 25 seconds One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.
Find more fire information at Reports and Statistics, National Fire Protection Association.