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2009 fire deaths projected to be lowest on record

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The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reports that Minnesota's projected number of fire deaths in 2009 will be the lowest since record keeping began in 1970.

The preliminary count of 32 represents a 20 percent drop from the previous record low of 40, which occurred in 2007. The 2009 number may rise as hospitals submit fatality reports (preliminary numbers come only from fire departments) but historically, hospital reports number five or fewer.

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