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FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone

June saw exactly zero fire deaths
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2015 12:40 PM CDT
FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone: Fatality-Free Month
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, talks to FDNY Chief James Leonard, left, while visiting the site of a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Authorities say two people are unaccounted for following an apparent gas explosion that leveled...   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The FDNY has a reason to celebrate this month. The five boroughs comprising New York City suffered exactly zero fire deaths in the month of June—the first fatality-free month in 150 years, reports CBS New York. A spokesman for Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says fire deaths are on the decline in general in New York City: Between 2010 and 2014, there were fewer fatalities than in any other five-year period going back to 1916. "The historic reduction in fire-related deaths over the last several years clearly demonstrates the Department’s efforts are making a significant impact and saving lives in communities throughout the city," says Nigro in a statement. (More FDNY stories.)

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