The 2021 final total was determined after review of death data from the Minnesota Department of Health.
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 yearly fire deaths was 134 in 1976; the lowest was 35 in 2009.
More information about fires and fire deaths in Minnesota is in the 2019 Fire in Minnesota report.
Careless smoking is historically the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota.
Seven people died in carless smoking fires in 2020 in Minnesota, according to preliminary numbers. All of the victims were age 55 or older. The second-leading cause of fatal fires in 2020 in Minnesota was gas-related explosions.
The chart to the right shows the fire death trend over the past 10 years.