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Quebec calls inquiry into seniors' fire

By: The Canadian Press

 | Aug 26, 2014 - 12:16 PM |
Police and firefighters survey the damage after a fatal fire at a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que., Thursday, January 23, 2014. The Quebec government is calling an inquiry into the fire that killed 32 people at the seniors' residence. The inquiry will be headed by longtime coroner Cyrille Delage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Police and firefighters survey the damage after a fatal fire at a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que., Thursday, January 23, 2014. The Quebec government is calling an inquiry into the fire that killed 32 people at the seniors' residence. The inquiry will be headed by longtime coroner Cyrille Delage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

QUEBEC - The Quebec government is calling an inquiry into the fire that killed 32 people at a seniors' residence last January.

The inquiry will be headed by longtime coroner Cyrille Delage.

Public Security Minister Lise Theriault told a news conference in Quebec City this morning it will be up to Delage to decide whether any part of the hearings will be held in public.

The owner of the seniors' home called for a public inquiry two weeks ago.

Roch Bernier said people have a right to know the real story behind the Jan. 23 blaze at the Residence du Havre.

Bernier is part of a $3.8-million lawsuit against the town of L'Isle-Verte. The suit alleges the community failed to implement emergency plans which might have lowered the death toll.

An insurance company is also involved in the lawsuit and is seeking $2.3 million of the $3.8 million.

Investigations into the tragedy are already being carried out by Quebec provincial police and the fire commissioner.
 

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