Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sydney Nursing Home Blaze, Eleventh Victim Dies - 30th Nov 2011

An 83-year-old woman has become the 11th person to die following a fire at a nursing home in Sydney, Australia.

Police said in a statement that the woman, who has not been named, died on Tuesday in hospital 11 days after the blaze at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home.

Three residents died in the inferno, while the remainder died in hospital of burns and smoke inhalation in the days since.

Roger Dean, a 35-year-old man who worked as a nurse at the home, is accused of starting the fire and has been charged with eight counts of murder.

Police said they had not ruled out laying further charges.

At the time of the blaze, emergency services said they found a "chaotic and tragic" scene after a fire alarm went off in the early hours of November 18.

Battling thick black smoke so dense they could not see their hands in front of their faces, firefighters evacuated 88 disorientated and frail patients, some blind or suffering dementia.

The New South Wales government has ordered a review of criminal screening of staff at state nursing homes and an audit of buildings at elderly care facilities following the tragedy. Read More