MassLandlords graph of Mass.gov data
We studied the Mass.gov fire fact sheets. Over the last 20 years there has been no reduction in the number of structural fires. On the contrary, structural fires increased 75% in the ten years from 2000 to 2010.
Fortunately, the number of fatalities per capita has fallen by 37%. Fire departments are probably focused on escape instead of prevention.
What's surprising is their graph of the most common causes of fires. These are things landlords can influence or control!