So far this year, 41 people have lost their lives in house fires in Norway. These are significantly higher numbers than at the same time last year, statistics from DSB show.
At the same time last year, the number of people killed in house fires in Norway was 34 people.
Out of the 41 in 2020, 25 of the dead are men, and 16 are women, according to statistics from the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB).
“It is the elderly, those in need of care, people with disabilities, and drug addicts who are most vulnerable.
“75% of those who die in fires are in these groups,” Johan Marius Ly at DSB told P4.
According to the Directorate, people over the age of 70 have a four to five times higher risk of dying in a fire than the rest of the population.
In 2018, 39 people died in fires, while 26 people died in fires in 2017.
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