2015 Had 2nd Fewest Fire Deaths in NYC History

NEW YORK (AP) -

Fewer people died in fires in New York City in 2015 than in the year before, marking the second-lowest figure for fatal fires in city history, according to statistics released Friday.

There were 59 fire deaths last year, down from 71 in 2014. In the month of June there were none at all. The all time low came in 2012, with 58 deaths. In 1970, 310 people died in fires.

Officials tell the newspaper that 80 percent of the deaths last year were connected to fires in private homes without working smoke alarms.

Firefighters responded to more than 1.7 million calls last year, a 6.4 percent increase over 2014.