Minnesota is seeing a decrease in fire deaths.

According to final numbers released today by the Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division, thirty-seven people died in fires last year in Minnesota, the second-lowest number on record.

State Fire Marshal Bruce West says “having that working smoke alarm is so important and check those batteries…. just make sure that you’ve got that good working smoke alarm. Another piece is to have a safe escape plan.” West says there were no working smoke alarms in 30-percent of the homes where people died.

Careless smoking was the leading cause of fires, where a cause could be determined.

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