Woman dies following fire at Belfast care home

Monday, 16 April 2012

An elderly woman who suffered critical injuries in a fire at a care home in Belfast has died in hospital.

The 81-year-old woman was severely burnt in the blaze that broke out just after 11pm on Tuesday (April 10th) at Owenvale Court in the west of the city.

Greg Lomax, interim chief executive, said: "All staff involved would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family.

"This was a tragic loss of life and she will be sadly missed by all of Owenvale Court's staff and residents."

Three other people, including two employees, were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after all 20 residents were evacuated from the property.

A spokesman for the fire service revealed that the blaze started in a bathroom.

If a fire risk assessment is judged to have not been carried out to a suitable and sufficient extent, the Appropriate Person can face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

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