On August 31, 1996, a fire occurred in a board and care facility located in Sainte Genevieve, Quebec. The two-story structure was occupied by 41 residents who were elderly, 7 of whom died as a result of the fire. The fire began in the closet of an occupant’s room, and fire investigators attributed the cause to smoking materials or matches.
Factors considered as having contributed to the loss of life and property included:
- Inadequate corridor separation
- Delayed notification of the fire department
- Staff response
- Lack of automatic fire sprinklers