CARLESTON, W. Va. — The number of annual fire deaths in the United States has been cut in half since 1980, and while the number also has gone down in West Virginia, the state's incidence has remained significantly higher than the national average.
From 1980 to 1984, an average 23 of 1 million Americans died annually in house fires, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. In West Virginia, the rate was 33 per million for that period.
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