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North Dakota fire deaths in 2015 to be below average

FARGO -- Fire fatalities in North Dakota are headed for a three-year low.Hoping to prevent deadly blazes as the year winds down, fire marshals in both states are reminding residents to be careful in the kitchen."Cooking has been and continues to ...

FARGO - Fire fatalities in North Dakota are headed for a three-year low.
Hoping to prevent deadly blazes as the year winds down, fire marshals in both states are reminding residents to be careful in the kitchen.
“Cooking has been and continues to be one of our No. 1 causes of fires,” North Dakota Fire Marshal Ray Lambert said.
In North Dakota this year, there have been four fatalities, which ties the 2012 total. A recent peak came in 2013 with 10 deaths.
Lambert said that in the past decade, North Dakota has averaged about six fire deaths per year. He said all four deaths this year were accidental:

  • A 53-year-old woman died in a structure fire in Martin on April 2. The cause was not determined.
  • A 73-year-old man in Norwich died June 9 in a vehicle fire.
  • An elderly man died in New Town on July 23 in a fire started by a cigarette.
  • A 78-year-old man died in Devils Lake on Nov. 29. The cause was a cigarette.

Along with cooking, careless smoking and misuse of electrical equipment tend to be high on the list of fire causes in North Dakota, Lambert said. It was a cigarette that ignited the Fargo-Moorhead area’s last fatal fire. The 2013 blaze, which struck a south Fargo apartment building, killed Jesse Madson, 30, and his girlfriend, Angela Wentz, 42.
Forum News Service contributed to this story.

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