No criminal charges to be laid in deadly fire at Quebec seniors' home

RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, Que. - The Crown says there will be no criminal charges in the fire that killed 32 people at a seniors' residence in Quebec nearly two years ago.

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Crown prosecutor Annie Landreville made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon in Riviere-du-Loup.

The decision came after provincial police submitted a report into the January 2014 tragedy in L'Isle-Verte, in eastern Quebec.

A report by coroner Cyrille Delage last February cited a lack of training and of emergency plans as some of the reasons so many people died.

The co-owner of the home rejected responsibility last April for the fatal blaze.

Roch Bernier said Delage unjustly targeted the managers and staff at the Residence du Havre, in particular the night watchman.


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