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Fact file: Fatal fires involving retirement and nursing homes in Canada

A fire destroyed a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que., and police early Thursday said three people were confirmed dead and 30 missing.
A fire destroyed a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que., and police early Thursday said three people were confirmed dead and 30 missing. Francois Drouin of Infodimanche.com

L’ISLE-VERTE, Que. – A fire destroyed a seniors residence in L’Isle-Verte, Que., and police early Thursday said three people were confirmed dead and 30 missing.

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Here is a look at some previous fatal fires involving retirement and nursing homes in Canada:

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– In May 2012, a nursing home fire in Hawkesbury, Ont., killed two people.

– In Oct. 2013, one person died in a fire in London, Ont.

– In June 2009, a retirement home blaze in Orillia, Ont., killed four people and left six elderly residents critically injured.

– In April 2012, one person died in Langley, B.C. The fire also sent several other residents to hospital.

– In August 2012, a retirement home fire in Edmonton killed one person.

– In August 1980, 21 people were killed and 35 were injured in a fast-moving nursing home fire in Mississauga, Ont. Authorities said most of the victims died of smoke inhalation and extreme heat in the facility, which housed 198 residents.

– In December 1976, fire raced through a two-storey nursing home in Goulds, NL, killing 22 people, including a 105-year-old woman.

– In 1969, a nursing home fire in the community of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Que., claimed 54 lives.