Fire-Related Deaths Up in 2017, FDNY Says

NY 1 - January 06, 2018

by NY 1

The FDNY says the number of fire-related deaths in the city went up in 2017.

Seventy-three civilians died in fire emergencies last year. That's up from a record low of 48 deaths in 2016.

December had the highest number of fire deaths in decades. Twenty-seven people were killed last month, including 13 people in a large apartment fire in the Bronx.

Officials say the top three causes of fatal fires last year were open flames, electrical problems and smoking.

The report also found 53-percent of the buildings had no working smoke alarms.