Fire Deaths Up 36 Percent from 2016

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota State Fire Marshal reports that fire deaths are up 36-percent compared to this time last year, according to preliminary numbers.

According to the preliminary data, 30 people have died in fires in 2017, and by July last year, 22 people had died.

The most recent fatality was reported just last week on July 28, when John Grogan, 76 died in his Maplewood home.

The State Fire Marshal also indicated that careless smoking is historically the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota.

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