Nfld. & Labrador

Fire victim's family gets OK to enter country

Ottawa has agreed to let a woman enter Canada from El Salvador to collect her brother's remains.

Carlos Escobar's sister previously denied visa to retrieve remains

Ottawa has agreed to let an El Salvador woman enter Canada to collect her brother's remains.

A Springdale Street fire on Nov. 27 killed Carlos Escobar Medina. (CBC)

Carmen Escobar's brother Carlos died in a house fire on Springdale Street in St. John's in late November. She has been trying to get a visa to travel here from El Salvador, but was turned down twice.

Federal officials feared she might not leave when she's supposed to.

Family friend Amanda Gaultois tells CBC News word came Thursday that the visa has now been granted.

"It was the best good news we've had in a long time," she said. "We were really delighted. And we're just waiting now to hear from the family. It was fantastic news."

Gaultois says she was told the approval came after MP Jack Harris briefed the immigration minister on the situation.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the fire that killed 54-year-old Carlos Escobar.