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Appeal after death toll from house fires increases to 11

By Michael McHugh

Published 07/01/2016

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley

The number of people killed in accidental house fires in Northern Ireland increased last year, emergency services have revealed.

There were 882 such blazes in 2014 and 889 in 2015. Eight people died from them in 2014, and 11 last year, according to the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).

People aged 65 or over, those with poor mobility or senses and those who smoke were at most risk, the NIFRS added.

Assistant chief fire officer Alan Walmsley said: "For us, one accidental fire death is one too many, and we want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities in Northern Ireland due to accidental houses fires. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving that.

"No one is immune to the dangers of fire, and no one should become complacent about their own fire safety. It can happen to any of us.

"In 2016, through our own community engagement activities and with the support of the public, we can reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires occurring. We all need to take personal responsibility for our own fire safety."

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