Inquiry demanded into L'Isle-Verte seniors tragedy

L'Ise-Verte fire
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The owners of a Quebec seniors' home wants a public inquiry into January's fire in L'Isle-Verte that killed 32 residents.

Roch Bernier and his lawyer are urging Premier Philippe Couillard to call the inquiry, saying people have a right to know the real story behind the blaze.

Bernier and an insurance company are suing the town for 3.8-million dollars, alleging it failed to implement emergency plans which might have saved lives.

Quebec provincial police, the coroner's office and the fire commissioner are all investigating, but Bernier's lawyer says he doesn't understand what's taking so long.

Bernier said he's frustrated because he can't get answers to questions about the fire department response time to the blaze.

He wants to know where they were as he saw some people being burned alive and others jumping from the upper floors to escape the flames.

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