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May 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

63 fire deaths in 2012 in Washington

OLYMPIA  (AP) — The murder-suicide in which Josh Powell killed his two young sons and himself in a fiery explosion on Feb. 5, 2012, in Graham, was the worst fatal fire in the state last year.

The state fire marshal’s office says no other fire had more than three deaths.

The total number of fire deaths last year in Washington was 63, down from 71 in 2011.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Trejo says the numbers are within the normal fluctuation. The rate of 11 deaths per million people ranked Washington the 27th lowest in the nation.

According to the annual report on fire fatalities released this week, 78 percent of the fatal fires occurred in homes. Electrical (18 percent), smoking (14 percent) and home heating accidents (11 percent) were the leading causes.

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