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Fire-related deaths increase in CT

128 people died as a result of fires in the Mother City in 2013, compared to 105 in 2012.

128 people died as a result of fires in the Mother City in 2013, compared to 105 in 2012. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said even though there were fewer fires in 2013 than the previous year, the number of fire-related fatalities increased.

At least 128 people died as a result of fires in the Mother City in 2013, compared to 105 in 2012.

Fire and Rescue Services responded to more than 26,000 incidents in 2013, 10,000 less than the previous period.

The municipality's JP Smith says the majority of the blazes could have been prevented.

"The problem is people use flammable devices in a reckless manner and sometimes, it involves alcohol. We have also seen increased problems with illegal and faulty electrical connections."

Smith says although Cape Town has the lowest overall fire mortality rate in South Africa, it is disappointing that fatalities increased.

"We have reduced our fire mortality rate over the last seven years and we are happy with that. That was due to the investment of additional staff, new fire stations, new equipment, better training and a massive public education campaign."