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Fire in Minnesota: The people behind the numbers

House on fire with firefighter walking in front

​Teresa was an artist. Todd was a computer analyst. Tom retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 35 years and played in a rock band, and Carter couldn’t wait to graduate from high school. But they all died in 2018 fires in Minnesota. 
These people may be expressed as numbers in the newly released 2018 Fire in Minnesota Report, but they’re incredibly important numbers: They help us learn.

In this DPS blog, you can find out how we can all learn from the data to help prevent fires and avoid becoming numbers.

Fire departments have plenty to offer at open houses

Many Minnesota departments hold open houses in the late summer and early fall. Open houses are a great way to meet your local firefighters and learn about what they do and how to keep your family safe.

Contact your local fire department to see if and when you can stop by and meet your local firefighters. We have also compiled a list of open houses we know ab​out.​​   

Minnesota has one of the lowest fire death rates in the Midwest

Scott Geiselhart

Minnesota has one of the lowest fire death rates in the Midwest.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently updated their report on fire deaths by state (per million population). Some key takeaways:  

  • Minnesota is tied with North Dakota for the lowest fire death rate in the region.
  • Minnesota’s fire death rate is about 17 percent lower than the U.S. fire death rate.
  • Minnesota’s fire death rate has dropped 51 percent (from 16.7 in the early 1980s to 8.1 in recent years)


Featured Video

This video gives you a unique behind-the-scenes look as two Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division investigators dig through the rubble at a Twin Cities motel fire.