Fire-Related Deaths Declining, Minn. Safety Officials Say

Created: 02/03/2014 8:46 PM

The number people killed by fires in Minnesota last year is down, according to preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division.

The DPS said the number of deaths in 2013 dropped 14 percent from 2012. In 2013, they said there were 43 residential fire fatalities, compared to 50 in 2012, and 56 in 2011.

The only acceptable number of fire deaths is zero," State Fire Marshal Bruce West said in a statement Monday. "While we are encouraged the number of fatalities is down, we all must work together to make sure every Minnesotan understands how to prevent fires and how to escape them."

According to the DPS, the state’s all-time low fire death figure was 35 in 2009, and the high was 134 in 1976. They said there have already been five residential fire fatalities in the first month of this year.

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