Londoners now 'safer from fire'.(News)

People can feel safer from the risk of fire in the home after latest figures show a dramatic reduction in fire deaths across London.

Val Shawcross, Chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) praised brigade staff for their fire prevention work in the community.

While fire deaths overall have fallen considerably, the reduction in fire deaths in the home is even more startling. During the period from April 2004 to the end of February 2005, fatalities more than halved compared with figures from the same months in 2003/04. A total of 36 people died in fires during these months in 2004/05 and 28 of the 34 fatal fires were in domestic properties.

This compares with 77 fatalities for the same period in 2003/04 when 60 of the 71 fatal fires were in people's homes. …

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