Nfld. & Labrador

Fire victim's sister again denied visa

The sister of a man who died in a house fire in St. John's has again been denied entry into Canada from El Salvador because federal officials worry she won't leave when she's supposed to.

The sister of a man who died in a house fire in St. John's has again been denied entry into Canada.

A fire on Springdale Street in St. John's Nov. 27 killed Carlos Escobar. (CBC)

Carmen Escobar has been trying to collect the ashes of her brother, Carlos Escobar, since his death in late November.

But the federal government is not convinced she will leave Canada if she's allowed into the country from El Salvador.

Amanda Gaultois is trying to sponsor Escobar's visit.

"When you look at the circumstances of Carlos's death, I mean, he was a victim," Gaultois said. "He was living in a boarding house, it was burnt down by a teenager, he was a victim there. And now, we have the remains in storage at a funeral home — he's a victim again."

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the fatal fire.

Gaultois says the family plans to make a third application for a visa, and will be asking MPs for help.

The Escobar family does not want the ashes mailed to El Salvador, believing they might be lost.

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