Highest Fire Deaths In Minnesota In Four Years

Four fire fatalities last week is making 2015 the biggest year of fire deaths in Minnesota since 2011.
51 Minnesotans have died in fires this year, already making it 16 percent higher than last year’s total of 44.

The top three causes of home fires in Minnesota are due to cooking, heating and open flame.

Holidays are fast approaching and is said to be some of the most dangerous weeks for home blazes.

Fire officials are offering safety tips including urging people to stay in the kitchen when cooking.

“Some of the tips that we try to tell people and it also comes from the state fire marshal offices, is that when you’re cooking this time of year, make sure you tend to it and don’t put something on the stove and walk away,” says Moorhead Fire Assistant Chief Greg Doeden.
You should also be watchful when using candles and don’t overload extension cords.