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L’Isle-Verte seniors home owners call for public inquiry


August 11, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Aug. 11, 2014, L'Isle-Verte, Que. - The owners of a seniors' home where 32 residents died in a tragic fire are calling for a public inquiry into the disaster.

Aug. 11, 2014, L'Isle-Verte, Que. – The owners of a seniors' home where
32 residents died in a tragic fire are calling for a public inquiry into
the disaster.

Roch Bernier, one of the co-owners of the
Residence du Havre, says people have a right to know the real story
behind the Jan. 23 blaze.

Bernier is part of a $3.8-million
lawsuit against the town of L'Isle-Verte. The suit alleges the community
failed to implement emergency plans which might have lowered the death
toll.

An insurance company is also involved in the lawsuit and is seeking $2.3 million of the $3.8 million.

Investigations
into the tragedy are already being carried out by Quebec provincial
police, the coroner's office and the fire commissioner.

Bernier
attended a news conference in Quebec City today with his lawyer, Guy
Bertrand, and urged Premier Philippe Couillard to call the public
inquiry.