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According to the U.S. Fire Administration:

An average of 1,300 church fires are reported each year, causing $38 million in property loss.

  • The leading cause of church fires is arson (25%).

  • 30% of church fires are the result of mechanical failures. Faulty wiring and improperly functioning heating systems are often at fault, perhaps because they are in older structures and have not been brought up to local fire codes.

  • Of churches that reported fires, 65% had no smoke alarms and 96% had no sprinkler system.

For more information, please refer to the following resources:
Brotherhood Mutual Fire Prevention Series

For more information, please contact the Community Risk Reduction Section at (803) 896-1250 or crr@llr.sc.gov.

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Jonathan Jones,   State Fire Marshal

141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 896-9800 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday except   State Holidays

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