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Police checks examined following Sydney blaze

SYDNEY: Officials in Australia's New South Wales state on Sunday demanded a report into criminal checks on nursing home staff after a worker was charged over a deadly blaze at a Sydney retirement village. A 79-year-old woman died in hospital early Sunday, police said, becoming the sixth victim of Friday's horror inferno at the western Quakers Hill Nursing Home which also injured dozens of other elderly residents, several of them seriously. A nurse at the home, Roger Dean, 35, was on Saturday charged with multiple counts of murder over the inferno, described by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as a "very dark day" for Australians. Dean had been hailed a hero after fronting news media outside the home as firefighters battled to contain the flames, telling reporters he "just quickly did what I could to get everyone out". "The smoke is just overwhelming but, you know, we got a lot...

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