Record low fire deaths in West Midlands.(News)

The number of people dying in accidental house fires in the West Midlands has hit a record low demonstrating the value and success of the intensive community fire safety education and prevention activities, said a West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson.

The latest statistics show that between April 1, 2004, and March 31, 2005, just 12 people died in the West Midlands in accidental house fires. This compares with 15 in 2003-2004; 25 in 2002-2003; 16 in 2001-2002; 19 in 2000-2001 and 25 in 1999-2000.

CFO Frank Sheehan said: "I am extremely pleased to be able to announce a record low in fire deaths from accidental house fires in the West Midlands. Last year was the lowest to date and this year we have lowered the death toll further. …

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