Number of fire fatalities dropped in 2014
There were fewer fatal fires in Sweden last year, with less than 100 deaths for the second year in a row.
According to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), compared to 2013 the number of deaths in fires dropped by 21 percent last year.
Altogether, 69 fires took the lives of 76 people in Sweden in 2014. Of those, 68 died in fires in their own homes.
The Civil Contingencies Agency says it has no explanation for the declining trend. Spokesman Mattias Strömgren tells the TT news agency: “It’s gone down over several years, but it’s hard to find a common denominator. One major problem is that there are many fires where the cause is unknown. For example, we can’t find the cause if a whole house burns down and all that is left is the chimney.”