Leeds & West Yorkshire

Fire deaths in West Yorkshire halved over two years

The number of accidental fire deaths in West Yorkshire has been halved over two years, the fire service has said.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reported seven deaths in 2010/11 compared with 14 the year before.

It said it had carried out about 400,000 home fire safety visits over five years providing smoke alarms.

The fire service said the home visits had demonstrated the "right balance" between investment in fire prevention and operational response.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: "I know every firefighter would like there to be zero fire deaths but this is a remarkable result."

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