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Fire Deaths in Maryland on Decline

November 8th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci reports a decrease in the number of fire deaths so far in 2014 compared to this period in 2013.  Forty-four Marylanders have lost their lives to fire compared to fifty-five this time last year.  This represents a 20% decrease in fire fatalities. “Maryland’s fire service is cautiously optimistic with this year’s data, however, everyone must remain vigilant in their fire prevention efforts to continue this trend,” stated State Fire Marshal Geraci.  “An estimated 80% of all structure fires in Maryland occur in what most assume to be the safest place, our homes.”  The month of October experienced the loss of six lives resulting from fire related incidents.  Four adults lost their lives in Carroll, Calvert, and Washington Counties and Baltimore City.  Two young children died in a home fire in Allegany County where the cause for the fire remains under investigation.

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