- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department says it has recorded a 54 percent drop in structure fire-related fatalities last year compared to 2014.

The department said Tuesday that 11 civilians died in structure fires in the city in 2015 - compared with 24 such deaths the previous year.

The decrease comes on the heels of the Smoke Alarm Field Education Program, launched in 2014. Under the program, firefighters check existing smoke alarms and distribute new ones in neighborhoods that experience serious structure fires.

The LAFD says while fatalities were down, the average number of weekly emergency incidents in its jurisdiction increased nearly 8 percent - from 8,260 in 2014 to 8,904 last year.

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