Fire Deaths Could Top Recent Record High

Published On: April 17th, 20240.7 min readCategories: Local News, News

Fire Damage. Photo by DPS.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

So far this year, 21 people have died in fires across Minnesota. If that pace continues, we could top 70 fire deaths — the highest in any single year since 1995.

The cause of many of these fatal fires is still under investigation. But we do have some data that help paint a picture of how and where the fires are happening — and who is dying.

  • Careless smoking was a contributing factor in four deaths.
  • 13 of the 21 deaths happened in greater Minnesota.
  • 13 men and 8 women have died.
  • 14 of the victims were over age 60.

There is a name behind each of these numbers. A family shattered by the loss of a loved one. Learn more in this DPS blog.

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