According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 56 people died from fires in Minnesota this year. That number is a 30-percent increase from the 43 fire deaths in 2016.
Officials say the holiday season is historically a more dangerous time for fires.
The three leading causes of residential fires in Minnesota are cooking, heating and open flames. Residents are advised to stay alert and monitor potential fire hazards, because officials say the best way to stay safe is prevention.