Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the cause of a fire at Traffic Jam & Snug. This version is correct.
It's been a bad year for home fires in Michigan.
Fires and deaths due to fires are up significantly. According to the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, there has been an 11% increase in fires and a 15% increase in deaths due to fires this year compared with the 2017 to 2022 averages.
There were 76 deaths in 62 fires as of June 30.
In those fatal fires, 39% started in the living room, 23% in the bedroom and 5% in the kitchen. Reported causes were smoking at 59%, electrical at 9% and cooking at 6%.
Most of the victims, 68%, were male and 55% of all the victims were between the ages of 40 and 79.
While incidents are up in homes, there have been several notable fires at businesses across metro Detroit.
Metro Detroit has been hammered by a slew of unrelated fires engulfing high-profile or historic structures, some more than 100 years old.
In the majority of cases, the cause is still under investigation.
Here’s a list of some of this year’s biggest blazes so far:
Oakland Hills Country Club
The Oakland Hills Country Club was engulfed in flames Feb 17. While there were no injuries, the club faced heavy damage. The fire is believed to have started from construction workers using a propane torch against a wall.
Traffic Jam & Snug
This popular Detroit eatery was destroyed in a fire May 27. There were no injuries reported.
Somerset Collection’s Capital Grille caught fire June 13. The fire originated in the kitchen. There were no injuries reported.
Woodward Bar & Grill
Most recently, the historic Holly Hotel was ablaze on June 21. Five firefighters were hospitalized while battling the blaze due to mild injuries and heat exhaustion. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan home fires are up: The most common causes, locations