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Fire at alleged illegal group home leaves one person dead

Nov. 6, 2014, London, Ont. - Police say one person has died in hospital after a fire at a London, Ont., apartment building that authorities allege was being used as an illegal group home.

November 6, 2014
By The Canadian Press

The blaze broke out Monday morning, with two people pulled from the building and rushed to hospital — and there’s no update on the second victim’s condition.

Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer Orest Katoylk says the building was being used as an illegal group home and was in squalid condition with “issues with respect to the doors, the windows and the roof system.”

He says the city had received complaints about the building’s upkeep for more than a year.

Twenty-nine residents — many with disabilities, mental health and addictions issues — are displaced and being cared for by the Salvation Army for the time being.

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The Ontario Fire Marshal and London police arson unit are investigating and the cause of the fire hasn’t yet been determined.


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