Fire Deaths in Minnesota on Decline

Albert Lea Fire Department

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ALBERT LEA, MN — Fire deaths are on the decline in Minnesota.

According to the State Department of Public Safety, 50 people died in fires last year, compared to 56 in all of 2011.

Locally, firefighters tell us there are several factors involved.

“Education is huge,” Captain Mark Light of the Albert Lea Fire Department said. “I think building construction and fire codes are playing a big part in this. And, obviously, smoke detectors and things like that.”

Overall in 2012, fire deaths occurred in 38 Minnesota cities.

That includes Blue Earth and Faribault in our viewing area.

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