Authorities said Wednesday that kitchen fires killed more people last year than in the previous seven years combined, according to statistics by the State Fire Marshal.
The number of people killed in Minnesota fires was down 14 percent in 2013. According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, there were 43 fire fatalities in 2013 compared to 50 in 2012. In a news release, State Fire Marshal Bruce West says they are encouraged the numbers are down but the only acceptable number for fire deaths is zero.
Officials said Tuesday fire deaths are down so far this year compared to 2012 and safety is being encouraged around homes as we get ready to cook holiday dinners. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there have been 30 fire-related deaths so far this year. That’s down from 44 at this time last year.
A report from the state Fire Marshal Division shows the number of fatalities caused by fire has decreased over the past 40 years. State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says officials are proud of the progress Minnesota has made.