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08/26/2014 10:51 EDT | Updated 10/26/2014 05:59 EDT

L'Isle Verte seniors' home fire public inquest announced

A public coroner's inquest will be called to look deeper into the circumstances surrounding one of the deadliest seniors' home fires in Canadian history. 

Public Security Minster Lise Thériault told a news conference this morning the public inquiry will examine the cause of death of each of the 32 victims as well as details surrounding the fire at the Résidence du Havre in January in the town of L'Isle Verte. 

"I hope this inquiry will allow the families and loved ones of the victim to have a clearer picture concerning the nature and causes of this tragedy," she said. 

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of Jan. 24 at the private seniors' home in the town, located not far from Rivière-du-Loup. The residents who died in the fire were unable to get out of the burning building, some perishing on external balconies while waiting for rescue. 

The blaze renewed calls for deeper examination of the safeguards and emergency plans in place for similar facilities. 

Thériault said the coroner charged with the inquiry will have the mandate of finding the cause and exact circumstances of the fire and make recommendations to ensure that a similar incident doesn't happen again. 

The announcement comes two weeks after the owners of the seniors' home asked for a public inquiry into the fire. 

According to the owners, that public hearing is the the only way to "allow Quebecers to know the truth."

The date of the inquiry has not been announced.

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