Minnesota fire deaths decline in 2018

37 people died last year in fires statewide, the lowest number since 2009 and the second lowest number on record.

Minnesota fire deaths decline in 2018

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Fire deaths are becoming less common in Minnesota, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Thirty seven people died last year in fires statewide, the lowest number since 2009 and the second lowest number on record.

The DPS says careless smoking was the leading cause of fires where a cause could be determined. Officials say there were also no working smoke alarms in 30 percent of the homes where people died.

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