Nearly 4,000 died in US last year.(News)

A study released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that there were 3,900 fire fatalities last year in the US, and just as in previous years, most (82 per cent) of these fatalities occurred in homes. The total fire death toll decreased slightly by 0.6 per cent from 2003, and there was a 1.4 per cent increase in fire deaths in homes.

The yearly report noted that nationwide, there was a fire death every 135 minutes in 2004. In all, 17,785 people were injured in fires in 2004, a slight decrease of 1.4 per cent. As with fire deaths, most (77 per cent) reported fire injuries occurred in homes, or about 13,700 injuries.

There was a fire injury every 30 minutes in 2004. …

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