Zaragoza retirement home where fire killed 8 ‘had no licence’

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EIGHT elderly people died in a fire at a home at the weekend and two were seriously injured in the town of Cuarte de Huerva in Aragon. The fire started at 1am on Sunday and one of the home’s employees, a carer, was also injured.
It has now come to light that the residence had its opening licence withdrawn by the Aragon government in 2012, according to the Social Services and Citizens councillor, Maria Victoria Broto. She added that when the local government revised the licence between 2006 and 2011, they found various deficiencies in the maintenance and health hygiene of the residence.
The care home had been given a year to correct the situation but had not made all the required changes, which is why the licence was withdrawn. However, she pointed out that these changes were not connected with the care home staff or emergency fire procedures.
Police are still trying to establish the cause of the fire, although there were rumours that the fire had been intentionally started when a mattress was set alight.

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