- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City had 17 percent fewer fire deaths in 2015 than a year earlier. The death count was the second-lowest since the city began keeping records of fire-related deaths in 1916.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced Friday that the city had 59 fire deaths in 2015, compared to 71 in 2014.

The worst fire in 2015 was on March 21 when seven children from the same family died in a house fire in Brooklyn.

The fewest number of fire deaths occurred in 2012 when 58 people died.

The FDNY also set a new record in 2015 for the most emergency responses - 1.7 million. That’s up 6.4 percent from 2014.

The city has now recorded 10 consecutive years with fewer than 100 fire-related deaths annually.


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