The causes of these fires range from food left unattended on the stove to candles left burning. From the moment a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves.
Here are the most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association:
1. Home cooking fires2. Grill fires 3. Heating fires 4. Smoking 5. Electrical distribution and lighting6. Child play fires 7. Candle fires8. Christmas tree fires 9. Brush, grass or forest 10. Intentional fires
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