Edmonton

Bomb search over at Edmonton seniors home

Edmonton bomb police have cleared the scene of the Bethany Senior Citizens Home where an explosion and fire killed two people Tuesday.
A member of the bomb squad walks to a car in the parking lot at the Bethany Senior Citizens Home in Edmonton's Old Strathcona neighbourhood Wednesday. (Scott Fralick/CBC News)

Edmonton bomb police have given the all-clear at the scene of the Bethany Senior Citizens Home where an explosion and fire killed two people Tuesday.

The bomb squad used police dogs and a robot equipped with cameras to check out one car in the parking lot.

A bomb detection robot searches the parking lot. (Scott Fralick/CBC News)

Earlier, Sgt. Ray Akbar, who is with the bomb unit, told reporters police were worried the person who caused the explosion may have tampered with cars in the parking lot.

Police believe the explosion in a seniors apartment and a second explosion at the same time in a car parked in the building's parking lot were both deliberately set. 

The car and apartment belonged to one of the victims, a man who residents say was suicidal, though police have not confirmed that.

On Wednesday, police were checking the car belonging to the man's ex-girlfriend.

The woman told CBC News that a friend who happens to be a police officer thought it prudent for her car to be checked.

The second person killed in the explosion lived in the suite next door to the man.

In a separate development, the Alberta government said seniors displaced by the fire will get an affordable place to live.

The home is run by the provincial government as affordable housing for seniors on fixed income, and some of the residents have been concerned about where they will live.

But the government said the residents will continue to pay the same amount that they pay now and will not incur additional costs.

The Red Cross is helping the residents who went to a hotel, but that will only last till Friday, so the seniors are hoping the government can move quickly.

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