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Fatal fire in seniors' residence 'unacceptable': Quebec Premier

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:33 AM
 
Quebec's Premier Pauline Marois speaks during a news conference in L'Isle Verte, Quebec, on Jan 26, 2014. Ms Marois on Sunday said a fatal fire in a seniors' residence was "unacceptable" but stopped short of saying her government would make sprinklers mandatory in homes for the elderly. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

L'ISLE-VERTE, Quebec (REUTERS) - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois on Sunday said a fatal fire in a seniors' residence was "unacceptable" but stopped short of saying her government would make sprinklers mandatory in homes for the elderly.

Authorities fear 32 people died early on Thursday when fire ripped through the Residence du Havre in L'Isle-Verte, a town of 1,500 people some 230km north-east of Quebec City in eastern Canada.

"It's completely unacceptable that these things happen," Ms Marois told reporters after arriving in the town.

"These are events we very much don't want to happen, and so we have to do everything possible to make sure they don't happen again," she added.

 
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