4 Fire Fatalities Recorded for 2013 in New Hampshire

January 8, 2014

New Hampshire’s state fire marshal says four people died in fires in 2013, a record low for the state.

Bill Degnan says more people are maintaining their smoke alarms. He tells The Telegraph of Nashua that a 2007 law that prohibits smoking public and some private places also has helped.

The four fatalities occurred in Manchester, North Hampton, Raymond and Webster. In Manchester, a worker was killed when a diesel tank exploded at a service station; the others involved residential fires.

A July explosion and fire in Nashua that took the life of 65-year-old Alfred Demeusy was later ruled intentionally set, and therefore isn’t included in the accidental deaths category.

Another lower-than-usual number for 2013 was accidental carbon monoxide poisonings, which contributed to just two deaths in 2013.

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