QUEBEC'S CORONER CALLS FOR MANDATORY SPRINKLERS AFTER L'ISLE VERTE SENIORS' HOME FIRE

Feb 12, 2015

By Jane Brown

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A Quebec coroner’s report into that fatal seniors’ home fire more than a year ago that claimed 32 lives has been released.

Recommendations by coroner Cyrille Delage include encouraging urban and rural authorities to centralize fire services and to regularly review fire-fighting strategies.

Additionally, the coroner called on Quebec to make automatic sprinklers mandatory in all certified buildings, regardless of the age of construction.

CARP, A New Vision of Aging. has long called for mandatory sprinklers in nursing and retirement homes in Canada.

The residence in L’Isle Verte, Quebec  housed 52 elderly people, including many who couldn’t move around without the use of a walker or wheelchair.

The exact cause of the fire could not be determined by authorities because of the destruction it caused.

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