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Twice The Number Of People Have Been Killed In Fires This Year

Last updated on Thursday, June 13, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Fire Marshal released alarming numbers Wednesday that show twice the number people have been killed in fires so far this year than in all of 2012 combined.

Dustin Grove of WISH TV6 reports that Fire Marshal Jim Greesin said 55 lives have been lost so far this year, many due to either non-working, or no smoke alarms at all, compared to 46 for all of 2012.

Seven of those are from Marion County alone.

Greeson said working smoke alarms can double the chances of surviving a residence fire. Greeson said it is not only crucial -- it is the law -- to have a working smoke alarm in every home.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has applied for a $300,000 grant to be able to hand out smoke detectors for free to any family who can't afford one.

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