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L'Isle-Verte seniors' residence fire: Key facts

Some facts of Résidence du Havre and seniors' residence fires across Canada

Posted: January 27, 2014

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Résidence du Havre

Residence du Havre

(, Canadian Press, CBC/Google)


25 Quay St., L'Isle-Verte, Que. 450 kilometres northeast of Montreal


1997 with an addition in 2002. The portion built in 1997 was destroyed in the fire.

The Building

  • Three stories that can house up to 62 people
  • 52 units, 18 for seniors, living independently, 34 others
  • One elevator


  • 52 living there at the time of the fire
  • 28 confirmed dead and 4 still missing as of Feb. 3, 2014
  • 17 of the dead have been formally identified by the coroner's office
  • 37 residents are older than 85


Pharmacy, health clinic, and a hair salon


Two people on week nights: a nurse and a social support worker


Roch Bernier and Irène Plante, who took possession in 1999

SOURCE: Government of Quebec,

Map: Fatal fires involving seniors' homes in Canada

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  • In May 2012, a nursing home fire in Hawkesbury, Ont., killed two people.
  • In Oct. 2013, one person died in a fire in London, Ont.
  • In Jan. 2009, a retirement home fire in Saguenay, Que., killed four people.
  • In June 2009, a retirement home blaze in Orillia, Ont., killed four people.
  • In Apr. 2012, one person died in Langley, B.C.
  • In Aug. 2012, a retirement home fire in Edmonton killed one person.
  • In Aug. 1980, 21 people died in a nursing home fire in Mississauga, Ont.
  • In Dec. 1976, 22 died in a nursing home fire in Goulds, N.L.
  • In 1969, a nursing home fire in the community of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Que., claimed 54 lives.

(CBC, with files from The Canadian Press)

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