April 05, 2013

Fatal Inferno Facts

  • In 2009, civilian fire injuries decreased by 19%, but firefighter fire injuries increased by 33%.

  • Home structure fires are at their peak between 5:00 and 8:00 pm, around dinner time.

  • With an area of 7.5 square miles, Soldotna has 321 fire hydrants.

  • The leading cause of home structure fires is cooking.

  • In 2011, fires around the U.S. caused 2,520 civilian deaths. 62% of the deaths in home fires resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • Koyuk is a traditional Unalit and Malemiut Eskimo village. Residents speak a dialect of Inupiat Eskimo and keep a subsistence lifestyle.

  • As of 2011, just under 350 people live Koyuk.

  • The residents of Koyuk get most of their meat from fish, reindeer, seal, moose and beglua whale.

  • Commercial fishing in Koyuk is mainly for herring.

  • In the early 1900’s, both gold and coal were mined in the Koyuk region.

  • Koyuk became an incorporated city in 1970.

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