26 Nov '11, 7am

Tenth death from Sydney nursing home fire

SYDNEY: An 87-year-old man has become the tenth fatality from a fire at a Sydney nursing home over which a former nurse is facing murder charges, police said Saturday. The man died in hospital late Friday, a week after a blaze tore through the Quakers Hill Nursing Home, leaving dozens of elderly and infirm residents injured. "Three elderly residents died in the blaze," police said in a statement. "A total of seven others have now died in various Sydney hospitals while undergoing treatment for severe injuries." A 35-year-old man who worked as a nurse at the home has been charged with eight counts of murder but police have not ruled out laying further charges. The New South Wales government ordered a review of criminal screening of staff at state nursing homes and an audit of buildings at the aged care facilities in the wake of the tragedy.

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