A growing number of deadly fires in Minneapolis have officials preaching safety. Since the beginning of the year, 10 people, including five children, have died in fires in Minneapolis. Fire Chief John Fruetel says it’s been more than 35 years since the fire department has seen this many deaths.
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.
A preliminary report released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Friday shows that fire deaths went up 31 percent in Minnesota from 2010 to 2011.