June Marks First Month Since 1916 With No Fire Deaths in NYC

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Dale Austin

New York City fire officials say June was the first month in 150 years that there wasn't a fire-related death in the city.

New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro Wednesday credits stepped up prevention efforts. He says it is a testament to the work firefighters and paramedics perform every day.

So far, there have been 29 reported fire-related fatalities in 2015.

June marked the first month without a death since the department began keeping track of fatalities in 1916.

The highest number of deaths from fires in New York City occurred in 1970 when 310 people were killed.

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