A total of 62,454 fires were reported in the year through September, up 3,928, or 6.7 percent, from a year earlier and cracking the 60,000 mark for the first time in three years, according to an outline of a 2001 white paper complied by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The outline, made available Wednesday, says 2,034 people were killed in fires from October 2000 to September, down 88 from the corresponding period a year earlier. Of the total, 936 people died in fires at their homes, with 517 of them over 65 years old.

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