By Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state fire marshal says 40 people died in residential and non-residential fires in Oregon in 2013 - 16 more than the year before.

A spokesman for the state fire marshal told The Oregonian ( that 27 of the 40 people who died were at least 50 years old.

In all, Oregon fire agencies responded to 4,750 residential fires, and 7,131 nonresidential fires. The estimated dollar loss was a combined $174 million.

In Washington state, 54 people died in fires, down from 63 in 2012. More than 90 percent of the 2013 fatalities were in residential fires.

As in Oregon, most of the people who died were over 50.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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