The number of fire deaths this year is up compared with this time last year. Here is the most recent list of fire fatalities
in Minnesota. Numbers are preliminary. We expect to see peaks and valleys with fire deaths. The highest number of reported fire deaths was 134 in 1976; the lowest was 35 in 2009.
Careless smoking is historically the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota.
Ten people died in carless smoking fires in 2019 in Minnesota. Alcohol or drug use was a factor in 60 percent of those smoking-related fire deaths.
The chart to the right shows the fire death trend over the past 10 years.