Number of Fire Deaths in Decrease

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi is on pace to have the lowest number of fire deaths on record.

State Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis said 62 people died in fires last year, with 37 of those deaths occurring by Aug. 1.

The 62 deaths were the lowest since record-keeping began.

This year, through Aug. 1, Davis says the state fire marshal's office has investigated 26 fire deaths.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, whose office oversees the state fire marshal, credits Davis and his effort to get smoke alarms into homes with the reduction in fire deaths.

In 2011, there were 80 fatalities in fires.

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