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A look at fatal fires involving retirement and nursing homes in Canada

Firefighters battle a blaze at a seniors home in L’Isle-Verte, Que., near Riviere-du-Loup Jan. 23, 2014.

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A fire destroyed a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que., and police early Thursday said three people were confirmed dead and 30 missing. Here is a look at some previous fatal fires involving retirement and nursing homes in Canada.

  • 1969 Dec 2 – 38 died in a fire at Le Repos du Vieillard in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, about 160 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.
  • 1948 Feb 10 – 35 died in a fire at the Hull Nursing Home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 1980 Jul 14 – 25 died in a fire at the Extendicare Nursing Home in Mississauga.
  • 1976 Dec 26 – 21 died in a fire at a nursing home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • 2009 Jan 19 – 4 people died in a fire at Muskoka Heights Retirement Home in Orillia.

Compiled by Rick Cash

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