Fire tragedy numbers drop

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THE number of deaths in accidental house fires in South Yorkshire is at its lowest for 10 years.

Over the last 12 months just one death was recorded in the county compared to five last year and nine the year before that. Ten years ago there were 16 deaths recorded.

Accidental house fires dropped in number from 697 to 664. Bosses claim targeted fire prevention work and free home safety checks for vulnerable households have played their part.

But Deputy Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney warned: “Dangers still exist.”