Calgary seniors’ centre resident injured in suspicious fire dies, homicide investigation launched

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Calgary police are investigating a suspicious fire at a seniors’ centre. Doug Vaessen has details. – Apr 27, 2020

Calgary police say a elderly man who was critically injured in a fire at a seniors’ centre last month has died, prompting a homicide investigation.

The fire at Wentworth Manor in the community of Christie Park started just before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, April 27.

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At the time, the Calgary Fire Department said the blaze appeared to have started inside a closet in the retirement facility’s dementia wing.

Police said a man in his 80s was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition, but died in hospital on Wednesday as a result of his injuries.

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Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, police said it was being investigated as arson.

Just a few hours later, officials with the Calgary Police Service announced a man in his 70s who lived at the seniors’ facility had been charged with arson.

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On Friday, police said because the victim had passed away, additional charges “may be pending” dependant upon the homicide investigation.

“The suspect suffers from a mental health condition and the man’s identity is not being released,” police explained.

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