L’Isle-Verte sued in seniors’ home fire
WATCH: Raw video from scene during deadly fire in L’Isle-Verte (Jan. 23, 2014)
MONTREAL – A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed against the Quebec town where 32 people died in a fire at a seniors’ home last January.
The owners of the residence are alleging in their $3.8-million lawsuit that L’Isle-Verte made numerous mistakes that led to more people dying than should have.
The suit alleges the town failed to implement emergency plans to cope with such a disaster.
Roch Bernier and Irene Plante argue they had been asking the town to devise such plans for five years.
Many of the residents at the Residence du Havre could not move without assistance, while others fled into freezing temperatures to escape the inferno.
The plaintiffs say the disaster has left deep physical and psychological scars that are still being felt six months later.
WATCH: Locals, dignitaries attend memorial for L’Isle Verte fire victims
© The Canadian Press, 2014