Care home operator charged with negligent homicide after deadly fire

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/23/2020
By: Lin Chang-shun, Chen Yi-hsun and Evelyn Kao

Nursing home operator (first right) tries to dodge a reporter’s inquiry while walking out of Shihlin District Prosecutors Office. CNA photo Sept. 23, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The operator of an unlicensed nursing home in Taipei was charged Wednesday with negligent homicide and endangering public safety, after three people died in a fire that broke out at the facility the previous day.

The 58-year-old woman, surnamed Ting (丁), was questioned by prosecutors, charged and released on bail of NT$300,000 (US$10,305), in the investigation into the deadly fire at the nursing home, which housed three bedridden residents, in the city's Neihu area.

During questioning, Ting said that she was not at the nursing home when the fire broke at out at around 2:30 p.m. but had turned off all power sources before leaving the facility, which occupied the basement and ground floor of a four-story building.

She said she did not know what had caused the fire but could recall an incident some time ago, in which one of the three male residents had set fire to his blanket. That fire was immediately doused, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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