- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans officials are launching a data-driven effort to reduce fire deaths in the city by zeroing in on neighborhoods where buildings are least likely to have smoke alarms and most likely to have a fire fatality.

Under the initiative announced Tuesday, the city will identify those areas then conduct a door-to-door campaign that will target homes in those areas for installation of free smoke alarms.

The city said in a news release that between 2010 and 2014, there were 22 fatalities in New Orleans caused by structure fires. Those include last November’s house fire in the Broadmoor neighborhood that killed three children and two adults. In nearly all cases, no smoke alarms were present.


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