Fire at Orillia retirement residence claims two lives

    Eleven more suffer fire related injuries

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ -


    The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) can now confirm that an early
morning fire (6:04 a.m.) at a retirement residence has claimed the lives of
two residents. Eleven more residents have fire-related injuries and remain in
hospital. The fire occurred at 327 Old Muskoka Road in Orillia.
    Approximately 40 firefighters with the City of Orillia and Severn
Township continue to fight the fire. Currently, OFM investigative staff is on
scene with the Office of the Coroner and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The
OFM is in the preliminary phase of its investigation.
    The retirement residence was home to 24 residents.


    "This is an extremely tragic fire because it occurred in one of Ontario's
most vulnerable occupancies," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "This fire
has been overwhelming to the fire service, the families and the community. The
OFM has already begun a comprehensive investigation into the fire. We want to
look at ways to prevent this from ever happening again."

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3178

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