NEW YORK — 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.