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Sadly, it was virtually inevitable

The Ottawa Citizen, Christie Blatchford

As surely as dusk follows dawn, that’s how predictable was the terrible killer fire that destroyed La Résidence du Havre in the village of L’Isle-Verte, just east of Rivière-du-Loup, and an unknown number of its frail and elderly residents. The blaze broke out in the wee hours, about 12:30 a.m. Thursday; but of course it did. Fires at such places, whatever the preferred term – “care occupancies,” “vulnerable occupancies,” “private seniors’ residences of residential occupancy type,” “résidences pour aînés” as the French has it – don’t always happen at night, but often it seems they do, and it’s in these hours that they are at their most devastating. And why is that? It’s because that’s when such homes have the fewest staff on, that’s why.

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