ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- State fire officials say fire deaths have decreased in Minnesota over the past 40 years, even as more fires are being reported throughout the state.
According to figures released Monday, Minnesota has the 10th lowest rate of fire death per capita in the country. In 2012, 50 people died in fires compared to 56 in 2011.
Although those numbers are still tragic officials say it's good news considering there were 12 percent more fires in 2012 than 2011.
Damage costs as a result of those fires rose 92 percent in 2012 to nearly 300-million dollars in damages.
Cooking remains the number one cause of structure fires.
State officials say advancements in technology is the main reason the number of fire deaths has dropped.
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