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Report on seniors’ home fire to be out today

Feb. 12, 2015, Montreal - A Quebec coroner's report into a fatal seniors' home fire that claimed 32 lives is set to be released today.

Coroner Cyrille Delage's recommendations come after he heard from more than 50 witnesses over several days at hearings held last November and December.

Fire swept quickly through the Residence du Havre in L'Isle-Verte, Que., in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2014.

The residence housed 52 elderly people, including many with limited mobility who needed a walker or wheelchair.

The exact cause could not be determined by authorities because of the destruction caused by the fire.

The inquest shed light on a lack of training for volunteer firefighters that serve the tiny municipality as well as the fact that only one employee was working the night of the fire.

A separate police investigation was also conducted into the fatal blaze, but thus far, Quebec's prosecutor's office has not said if anyone will be charged criminally.

February 12, 2015
By The Canadian Press