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59 people killed in fires last year in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - 59 people were killed in fires last year in Washington. An annual report from the Office of the State Fire Marshal also says the 25,000 fires in 2009 caused more than $239 million in property loss.

The report Thursday says only one of the fatalities occurred in a building equipped with sprinklers. In that case the fire started in a chair where the victim was sitting. The sprinkler system activated and contained the fire.

Fires in homes were the deadliest, responsible for 41 of the fatalities.

 

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