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November 10, 2011

There are 731 fire departments in the Garden State – which at first blush seems like an awful lot, since it's far more than New Jersey's 566 municipalities. But once you learn that there were 30,841 fires reported during 2010, and 438,475 incidents of various sorts to which firefighters responded, it doesn't seem quite so many.

Those statistics come courtesy of a newly released report, "Fire In NJ, 2010," from the state Department of Community Affairs Division of Fire Safety.

In 2010, there were 75 deaths due to fires -- two of which were firefighters -- and 737 firefighters were injured. Of the 73 civilian fire fatalities, 79 percent occurred in residential fires; 34 percent in single-family homes; 22 percent in multifamily dwellings. Maybe most surprisingly, of the 16,129 residential fires, 358 were intentionally set.

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