DES MOINES — Iowa officials say smoke alarms alerted a record number of people in the state to fire emergencies last year.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal said in a press release Thursday that more than 215 people were saved because of working smoke alarm systems in their homes. That’s a jump from about 185 in 2011 and about 145 in 2010.

Most people saved by smoke alarms were asleep during the night. Officials say warnings also reduce property damage. The state estimates $20 million in property damage for fires with working smoking alarms. Property damage climbs to $46 million for fires with no smoke alarm.

Officials said 42 people were killed in fires in the state last year. — AP

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