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More group home inspections urged

A report into the death of a woman with Down syndrome at an Edmontongroup home says governments should do more safety inspections of suchfacilities.

A report into the death of a woman with Down syndrome at an Edmonton group home says governments should do more safety inspections of such facilities.

Marilyn Lane died in a fire that broke out in the unlicensed group home on April 12, 2007.

Firefighters rescued two other residents, but Lane was trapped by heavy smoke and could not escape from a basement window.

The owner of the group home applied for a licence with Alberta Family and Social Services in 1995 but was told the home didn’t require one.

The fatality inquiry report also says a table or ladder should be available if the escape route from a basement room is through a window.

The report says the safety of people in such homes is fundamental to proper care.

 
 
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