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Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
Office: (775) 684-4554
Pager: (775) 861-5897


NEWS FROM: State Fire Marshal 00-110


Statewide Fire Deaths Down in 1999
Seven of the twenty two fatalities were children


Fire-related fatalities in Nevada were down 8% in 1999. Fire claimed 22 lives last year, compared with 24 in 1998. The Clark County Fire Department reported the highest number of fatalities with eight fire-related deaths.

1999 Nevada Civilian Fire-Related Fatalities
(as reported by agencies and counties listed)

Las Vegas Fire Department 5
North Las Vegas Fire Department 1
Boulder City Fire Department 1
Clark County Fire Department 8
City of Reno Fire Department 1
City of Sparks and Truckee Meadows Fire Department 0
Douglas County 1
Esmeralda County 1
Lincoln County 1
Lyon County 1
Nye County 2
1999 Total 22

According to Deputy State Fire Marshal Dennis Ely, of the 22 fatalities which occurred within the state's jurisdiction, unfortunately, seven of the total were children under 9 years of age.

"It is very important to develop and practice a home fire escape plan and make sure all home smoke detectors are working properly. Children are particularly vulnerable to fire and children ages five and under are twice as likely to die in a fire, says Ely."

The State Fire Marshal provides investigation support and fire training for rural fire departments, inspects schools and other public buildings for fire safety, and regulates the use of fire safety equipment, commercial fireworks displays and the non-mining uses of explosives in Nevada.

For more information on home fire escape planning and other educational materials on fire safety, contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Dennis Ely at (775) 687-4290.