Night watchman refused polygraph test in deadly seniors' home fire

A massive fire destroyed the wooden Residence du Havre on Jan. 23 in L'Isle-Verte, Que., about 230...

A massive fire destroyed the wooden Residence du Havre on Jan. 23 in L'Isle-Verte, Que., about 230 km northeast of Quebec City. (FRANCOIS DROUIN/INFO DIMANCHE/QMI AGENCY)

Claudia Berthiaume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

L'ISLE-VERTE, Que. — An employee at a Quebec seniors home where 32 people died in a fire last winter refuses to take a lie-detector test, QMI Agency has learned.

Night watchman Bruno Belanger twice declined a police request to take a polygraph, say sources.

QMI Agency was unable to reach Belanger for comment.

A massive fire destroyed the wooden Residence du Havre on Jan. 23 in L'Isle-Verte, Que., about 230 km northeast of Quebec City.

Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen.

However, Belanger, the only one on duty at the time, said a resident started the fire in his room with a cigarette.

Police wouldn't release details of the investigation other than to say they're trying to determine if negligence was involved.

"We're investigating the entire sequence of events," said Quebec provincial police Lt. Guy Lapointe.


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