Seven fire-related deaths have occurred in Johnson City in the past 13 months, a number that is too high for a city this size, according to the fire chief.
Recent deaths include a woman who was found dead in a fire this past Friday. A man was found dead earlier this month in an office building. In December, a man was found dead in his house after a fire. Earlier in 2012, in two separate fires, three people died.
“That’s an astronomical number,” said Mark Scott, Johnson City Fire Department chief. “We want to make people aware, to motivate them to think about this and to protect their families properly.”
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