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City remembers five killed in rooming-house fire

July 20, 2011, Winnipeg – About 70 people braved muggy July heat to gather outside a charred Winnipeg rooming house and leave behind teddy bears in remembrance of five people killed in one of the worst fires in the city's history.

July 20, 2011
By The Canadian Press

July 20, 2011, Winnipeg – About 70 people braved muggy July heat to gather outside a charred Winnipeg rooming house and leave behind teddy bears in remembrance of five people killed in one of the worst fires in the city's history.

Relatives, friends and some uniformed police officers were on hand Tuesday for a memorial service outside the north-end home, which investigators allege was the scene of an arson early last Saturday.

Killed were Norman Anderson, Maureen Harper, Kenneth Monkman, Dean Stranden and Robert Laforte.

Another man was also hospitalized, while two women managed to escape from the burning building.

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Diane Parisian, who once lived in the home, says she attended the memorial because she still had friends and former roommates who died in the blaze.

Lulonda Lynn Flett, who is 40, has been charged with five counts of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.


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