You Oughta Know

State fire-related statistics tracked on Web site

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The record: Statistics on fires as well as civilian and firefighter injuries and deaths across the state.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about fires in Kansas. Statistics with the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office go back to 2001 and show total number of responses, reported fires and estimated losses. Information also is available about civilian and firefighter injuries and deaths.

Where you get the records: From the fire marshal's Web site, Click on "Statistics" from the menu on the left.

How much it will cost: The information is free.