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Investigators search seniors’ home for cause of fatal blaze

August 1, 2012, Edmonton – Fire investigators are combing through the rubble at an Edmonton seniors apartment building where a woman died.

August 1, 2012
By The Canadian Press

August 1, 2012, Edmonton – Fire investigators are combing through the rubble at an Edmonton seniors apartment building where a woman died.

Fire department spokesman Tim Wilson says investigators are trying to pinpoint the origin of the blaze and determine what sparked it.

Some seniors living at the Canora Gardens complex climbed out windows and off their balconies and onto ladder trucks, while others were carried out on stretchers Tuesday.

A few of the 102 residents were taken to hospital.

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The non-profit company that operates the building says seniors spent the night in hotels or with family.

Michelle Spring with the Greater Edmonton Foundation says interim housing is being arranged for residents, who aren't likely to be allowed back into the building for at least a month.