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Full coverage of the L’Isle-Verte tragedy

Feb. 4, 2014 – On Jan. 23, a fire destroyed a seniors' home in L'Isle-Verte, Que., killing at least 28 residents; another four people are missing and presumed dead. The tragedy has spawned discussions about the importance of sprinklers and the difficulties of legislative change. We've compiled an extensive list of those conversations, from news stories and our Fire Fighting in Canada bloggers.

January 28, 2014
By Olivia D'Orazio

Feb. 3, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Quebec provincial police say they are not ruling out anything – including a criminal cause – in their investigation of a fire at a seniors’ home in L’Isle-Verte. | READ MORE

Feb. 3, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – The search is over at the site of a fire in L’Isle-Verte, Que., that destroyed a seniors’ home, killing at least 27 people. Five more people are still considered missing. CBC News reports. | READ MORE

Feb. 3, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – A church service that remembered the victims of last week’s fire at a Quebec seniors’ residence featured a rocking chair, a shawl, a hat and a bouquet of 32 roses as well as tributes to first responders. | READ MORE

Jan. 30, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Quebec provincial police say 21 people are now confirmed dead in a fire that ripped through a seniors’ home last week. | READ MORE

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Jan. 30, 2014, Montreal – Safety rules governing night supervision in private seniors’ homes with fewer than 50 residents in Quebec are being relaxed following a ruling late last year, even though a devastating fire in the middle of the night last week killed 19 people in L’Isle-Verte. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE

Jan. 30, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Ninteen people have now been confirmed dead with another 13 still listed as missing after last week’s blaze at a seniors’ residence in eastern Quebec. | READ MORE
 
Jan. 29, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Firefighters and police officers, some on their hands and knees, braved bitter cold for yet another day to find more bodies in the rubble of a seniors’ home that was engulfed in flames last week. | READ MORE

Jan. 28, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – The Quebec Association of Fire Chiefs urged the provincial government on Tuesday to hold a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the fire in a L’Isle-Verte retirement home last week that killed 16 residents, with another 16 missing. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE

laura-kingJan. 28, 2014, Toronto – There has been lots of talk of sprinklers in the days since the fire in a seniors home in L’Isle-Verte, Que., killed as many as 32 people. That’s good. It’s also tragic that more people had to die before Quebec politicians started talking seriously about better fire-protection measures for vulnerable citizens. But sprinklers alone won’t solve the problem. | READ MORE

robJan. 27, 2014, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – It was just a few hours after I finished my last blog – about my kids, moose and being careful about what I say – that tragedy struck in L’Isle-Verte, Que. | READ MORE

Jan. 27, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Authorities say 14 people are now confirmed dead and that another 18 are missing after fire ripped through a seniors’ residence in eastern Quebec. | READ MORE

Jan. 27, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – The weather is slowing efforts to recover bodies from the ruins of the Quebec seniors home that was gutted by fire last week. | READ MORE

Jan. 27, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – The Quebec government is willing to make sprinkler systems mandatory in elder-care facilities, but it will await the recommendations of an expert committee before undertaking any regulatory or legislative changes. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE

Jan. 27, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Police say the official death toll now sits at 10 after the fatal fire ripped through a Quebec seniors’ home in L’Isle Verte earlier this week. CTV News reports. | READ MORE

peter-sellsJan. 25, 2014, Toronto – Our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, maybe even our great-grandparents if we are so fortunate as to have known them, loved us or neglected us, taught us by example – good or bad, guided us into our lives, and grew old. Out of obligation, out of moral duty, out of love, out of respect, or in spite of bygone wrongs, how do we care for them? | READ MORE

Jan. 25, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – While Ontario is thinking of speeding up its plans to equip all seniors’ homes with sprinkler systems after the L’Isle-Verte tragedy, Quebec is still tiptoeing around the question. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE

Jan. 25, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – As police and firefighters search the charred and icy ruins of a seniors’ home in rural Quebec, there is mounting suspicion the horrific blaze began with a resident’s illicit cigarette. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE

Jan. 25, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Authorities say eight people are dead and another 24 are missing after fire tore through a seniors’ residence in eastern Quebec. Thursday’s blaze destroyed the residence in L’Isle-Verte, about 240 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. | READ MORE

Jan. 24, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Investigators continued their painstaking search on Friday for victims of the fatal fire that devastated a seniors’ home and has left a Quebec village grieving for the dead and the missing. | READ MORE

laura-kingJan. 24, 2014, Toronto – A CBC reporter called me yesterday – one of a handful of reporters looking for background for stories about the tragic fire in L’Isle-Verte in which at least five seniors were killed. | READ MORE

Jan. 24, 2014, Montreal – A fire that swept through a seniors’ residence in Quebec is raising questions about whether more stringent regulations are needed right across the country. | READ MORE

Jan. 24, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – A private seniors’ residence that burned down in L’Isle-Verte, Que., early Thursday morning — killing at least five people, with 30 others unaccounted for — was found to be in violation of certain fire-code regulations during a 2011 inspection. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE

Jan. 23, 2014, L’Isle-Verte, Que. – Many of the 30 people unaccounted for in a fatal fire in a seniors residence northeast of Quebec City had limited movement and were confined to wheelchairs and walkers, a local official said Thursday | READ MORE