Boston Records Lowest Number of Fire Fatalities in Large Cities

For the second year in a row, Boston had the lowest number of fire deaths for large cities, recording one fatality in 2012, reports the Boston Globe.

One person died in a Dorchester apartment building fire on Jan. 3, 2012, Boston fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald said. In 2011, there was one fatal fire; 2010 had two fire deaths; and no one was killed in 2009, he said.

“For a city our size, with the fire load we have of 4,061 fires in 2012 … this is a good achievement,” MacDonald said.

Officials provided statistics for other cities: Baltimore had 12 fire-related deaths in 2012; Philadelphia had 25; Milwaukee had eight; Washington, D.C., had seven; and Phoenix had six, officials said.

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