At least 53 people died in fires in Minnesota last year…six more than the year prior and the most since 2017. Deputy State Fire Marshal Amanda Swenson says it makes logical sense this spike in deaths came amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

“We definitely suspect that as people were spending more time in their home in 2020 that was a cause of part of the increase. In the home is actually the place where you are at the greatest risk of dying in a fire.”

Top causes remained careless smoking, gas leaks, and cooking.