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Fire fatalities surpass last year’s in a state grappling with home fires

By Fred Durso, Jr. Earlier this month, the death of an 88-year-old man brought Alabama’s fire death total to 83, surpassing last year’s total of 81. Per a recent news story, the state ranks fourth in deadly fires this year, with the majority of the incidents occurring at home. “We’re not having fatalities in commercial buildings,” Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk told AL.com. “It’s a crying shame that [fire deaths] are above last year.” These fatalities are in line with national trends outlined in NFPA’s “Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2013” report; older adults are dying in these fires, which are predominantly…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative


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