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House fire deaths rise in 2015

Published 06/01/2016

There were 11 deaths due to accidental house fires in 2015
There were 11 deaths due to accidental house fires in 2015

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

There were 882 accidental house fires in 2014 and 889 in 2015. There were eight deaths due to those blazes in 2014 and 11 in 2015, according to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

People aged over 65, those with poor mobility or senses who also smoke are at the gravest risk, it said.

Assistant chief fire officer Alan Walmsley said: "For us, as a fire and rescue service, 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."

He added: "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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